Clearfield-friendly herbicide cleared for Clearfield lentils

BASF’s Clearfield cropping system has been expanded to allow a Clearfield-friendly herbicide’s use on the system’s lentils.

BASF Canada recently announced it now supports the use of its Group 2 herbicide Ares on Clearfield lentils.

The imazamox/imazapyr combo is approved for use on grassy and broadleaf weeds such as cleavers, lamb’s-quarters, wild oats, wild buckwheat and volunteer canola (including Roundup Ready and LibertyLink canolas).

Ares, already approved for use on Clearfield canola and Clearfield oilseed mustard, can now be applied from the one- to nine-node stage on Clearfield lentils.

Follow crops a year after an application of Ares include canary seed, chickpeas, field peas, field corn, Clearfield canola, Clearfield juncea and spring wheat (including Clearfield spring wheat, spring barley and tame oats). Durum can be grown after two years.

The product “raises the bar for performance in weed control in Clearfield lentils, both for the weeds present at spraying, and for subsequent flushes,” Robert Hornford, senior technical development specialist for BASF, said in the company’s release.

Curt Gessell, a lentil grower from Delisle, Sask., noted the product’s ability to control volunteer canola and ease in mixing and handling. “It really helped having only liquid products and made the mixing process a lot easier.”

“I would say that ARES is going to improve the Clearfield lentils system,” Lucas Sutherland, a lentil grower at Eston, Sask., said in the same release. “The biggest concerns with lentils are weed control and harvest management.” — Network

Related stories:
BASF plans full-scale release of Clearfield lentils, Dec. 14, 2009
BASF asks growers to lock in on lentils, Jan. 27, 2012

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