Monsanto Co. has has collaborated with Adjuvants Unlimited LLC to develop a unique agricultural sprayer system cleaner designed to deactivate dicamba.
Adjuvants Unlimited plans to market the technology this season through their industry partners, according to a news release.
The new sprayer cleaner technology differs from other currently commercially available cleaners as it is based on a chemical process that deactivates certain pesticide active ingredients, including dicamba.
The technology is designed to be used within the rinse and cleanout processes specified on current dicamba product labels and best management practices.
“Monsanto developed this product based on grower interest in new tools to help manage the use of multiple herbicide systems, including the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System,” Ryan Rubischko, Monsanto dicamba portfolio lead, said in the release.
Monsanto has been working with Adjuvants Unlimited and academics over the past few years to test the technology before bringing it to market.
“We have been testing this new technology in university trials, and it has proven to be very effective at cleaning sprayer systems that have contained dicamba tankmixed with additional herbicide products,” Dan Reynolds, weed science professor and Hartwig Endowed Chair at Mississippi State University, said in the release. “We have seen a significant reduction in the presence of dicamba when utilizing this technology as part of the labeled sprayer cleanout process.”
Monsanto and Adjuvants Unlimited anticipate that the initial product offering will be announced in the coming weeks and available for this season. Additional branded products and distributors will be available in the future.