EPA approves new Syngenta herbicide

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Acuron, an herbicide from Syngenta, has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), allowing it to become available to growers nationwide, the company announced on Tuesday.

According to the report, this herbicide features a new active ingredient, biclopyrone, which has been shown to be effective on weeds that have developed resistance to other kinds of compounds. 

"Current herbicides are losing effectiveness," Gordon Vail, technical product lead for Syngenta, said. "The best strategy is to use a high-performing pre-emerge herbicide like Acuron that will stop weeds before they start, and we're excited we can now offer it to growers."

Herbicide is a growing concern in this area, as weed infestations have increased by 50 percent over the previous four years. In tests, the Acuron product has shown to be effective against over 70 kinds of weeds, which include marestail, waterhemp, Palmer amaranth, giant ragweed kochia and morning glory. 

The new ingredient works with the other three that are found in other compounds and products in order provide a wide range of applications, greater than that provided by current products. State registrations for Acuron are still in progress; the company also states that supply will likely be limited in 2015 as mass production is set up.

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