New cereal herbicide chemistry from Dow

Dow AgroSciences has launched Pixxaro EC, a new herbicide for the control of broad-leaved weeds that uses the new active ingredient Arylex Active (halauxifen-methyl) developed by Dow and registered in the UK in 2015.

The company says the new active is the first molecule in over 20 years to be launched in the UK to provide a new level of dependable and flexible weed control from spring applications to all cereals.

Pixxaro EC is a mixture of Arylex Active and fluroxypyr, the tried and trusted active substance in Dow’s Starane herbicide. The company states that the combination offers growers reliable control of a very wide range of broad-leaved weeds across a range of weather conditions and timings. In particular, it will deliver robust control on key weeds such as poppy, fumitory, fat hen, cleavers and chickweed.  In trials, Pixxaro EC outperformed sulfonyl-urea products against dead-nettle, fumitory, fat hen, cleavers, fumitory and volunteer beans.

“Based on our trials, Pixxaro™ EC will set new standards for both weed control in terms of flexibility and reliability,” says Dow AgroSciences cereal herbicide specialist Stuart Jackson. It is suitable for use on all varieties of winter and spring wheat, barley, triticale and durum wheat, and can be applied from GS13 up to GS45. With no ALS chemistry in the product, there are no restrictions on tank mixing or sequencing. It can be tank mixed with a wide range of graminicides and fungicides.

The recommended application rate is 0.5 litre/ha plus an adjuvant in 100-200l/ha of water, using a medium spray quality through a range of nozzle types.

More information from Dow’s Alex Nichols on 07817 234337 or e: ARNichols@dow.com