March 23, 2016

Denmark continues to register success

Following the registration of Pixxaro™ EC in January, a second product containing Arylex™ active has been registered in Denmark. Zypar™, which also contains Florasulam, has been approved for the control of broad-leaved weeds in winter-wheat, rye and triticale and in spring-barley and wheat.

We spoke to Stefan Caspersen, Dow AgroSciences’ representative in Denmark and Hans Raun, Dow AgroSciences’ Marketing and Product Manager for the Nordic region, to get a first-hand view of the impact that Zypar will have on Danish Farming. Stefan began by highlighting the increasing ‘sulfonylurea’ (su) resistance problem (in particular stellaria media) within Danish agriculture.

‘The distribution of ‘su’-resistant stellaria media biotypes has exploded over the last 5-6 years with more than 10% of all Danish fields infested’. However Zypar and Pixxaro™ EC offer a highly effective mode of action that both prevents and controls the development of resistant weed biotypes’, Stefan observed.

Zypar approved for the control of broad-leaved weeds

He believes that Zypar will set the benchmark in broadleaved weed control in spring in winter cereals in Denmark and talked in detail about its flexibility. ‘The spring climate in Denmark is characterized by wildly fluctuating temperatures. One day it can be 15°C and the next just 2°C whilst sometimes we can witness a variation in temperature of 13°C in just 12 hours. Zypar has been developed with these climatic challenges in mind and ensures excellent weed control in warm, cold and even fluctuating conditions’.

Speed is also crucial noted Hans. ‘In local trials Zypar has delivered a unique speed of action. This means that farmers will recognize the first visible symptoms very soon after application, giving them genuine confidence in the product’.

He went on to offer an observation on the breadth of weeds that Zypar works across. ‘As well as stellaria media, matricaria and gallium aparine, Zypar is also effective on traditionally difficult to control species such as papaver rhoeas, fumaria officinalis and geranium’.

Finally Hans spoke about the significance of Arylex. ‘The development of Arylex underlines our (DAS) commitment to a solutions driven research and development programme’. Furthermore it demonstrates how closely we work with agronomists and farmers to develop active ingredients and products which make a real difference to productivity and yield’.