Syngenta announced this week that it has received U.S. EPA approval for its corn herbicide, Acuron. The first sales of the product to US growers will take place this year.
Acuron has been shown to improve control of more than 70 weeds that are increasingly difficult for growers to manage, such as Palmer amaranth and giant ragweed, the company noted in a press release.
Acuron incorporates bicyclopyrone, a novel chemical ingredient, which is combined with 3 other active ingredients to target a wider range of weeds. The premix includes 3 modes of action.
“As current herbicides such as glyphosate lose effectiveness, corn farmers have to spend considerably more per acre on crop protection,” said Davor Pisk, Syngenta’s chief operating officer. “The most cost-effective solution is to use a high performing pre-emergent herbicide that stops weeds before they start. We’re delighted that we can now offer Acuron to U.S. corn farmers. It sets a new standard for weed control and will be critical in helping farmers make corn production more sustainable.”