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C4-Lancaster Farming, Saturday, April 24, 1993
DES PLAINES, ILL. Fron
tier© Herbicide, a new chemistry
from Sandoz Crop Protection, has
been approved by the United
Stales Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) for control of
annual grasses and certain broad
leaf weeds in com.
"Farmers are demanding more
from their crop protection than
just great performance. They want
a product that will protect their
environment as well as their
crop,” said Ken Rinkenberger,
business director for Frontier.
“Through extensive research, San
doz scientists developed a chemi
stry that provides consistent per
formance and helps preserve the
environment. Frontier is our
answer to crop protection in the
1990 s and beyond.”
The active ingredient in
discovered in 1982 at Sandoz
research laboratories in Basel,
Switzerland. During the past 10
years, more than 2,000 research
and on farm trials nationwide con
firm the consistent performance of
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Herbicide Receives EPA Approval
For example, across a wide makes the dimethenamid mole
range of weather and field condi- cule unique and gives it several
tions, compared to preemergence beneficial characteristics that con
standards, Frontier has shown bet- tribute to its performance and
ter or equal control 95 percent of positive environmental profile. It
the time. The herbicide has also increases the unit activity of the
been rated better in about 80 per- structure, allowing it to control
cent of the trials when differences problem grasses at a much lower
in control occur. rale.
In 10 years of testing, Frontier Frontier fits crop residue man
has demonstrated good-to- agement systems that protect the
excellent control of grasses, such land. In conventional and all con
as foxtail, crabgrass, barnyard- servational tillage systems, Fron
grass, goosegrass, broadleaf sig- tier has been shown to wash off
nalgrass, seedling johnsongrass, surface residue and gel to the soil
southwestern cupgrass, and pani- quickly, so more active ingredient
cums; broadleaf weeds such as j s readily available for take-up by
pigweed, black nightshade, car- ihe weed seedling. Less rainfall is
petweed, purslane and spurges; needed to activate Frontier,
and nutsedge. In addition, it has regardless of the tillage system
shown partial control or suppres- US ed.
sion of woolly cupgrass, Florida Frontier will be sold as a 7.5
beggarweed, wild proso millet, pound active-ingredient per gallon
lambsquarters, shattercane, rag- (900 grams a.i. per liter) emulsifi
weed and sandbur. able concentrate. Recommended
Dimethenamid belongs to the use rate is 13 to 25 fluid ounces
chloroacetamide class of chemi- p er acre, depending on soil type—
stry, but is not an acetanalide like about one pound less a.i. per acre
other chloroacetamide products, t han the standard preemergence
such as metolachlor and alachlor. g rass herbicides
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These lower use rates will
reduce environmental loading and
will allow applicators to handle
less product. For example, a grow
er treating a 500-acre field
(medium soil with about 3 percent
organic matter) would normally
use about 313 gallons of formu
lated alachlor or 125 gallons of
formulated metolachlor. That
same field can be treated with only
78 gallons of formulated Frontier.
The chemical structure of Fron
tier biodegrades efficiently into
dozens of simple compounds and
elements, so carryover and crop
safety are not concerns. Tests
show that young corn plants
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quickly metabolize the herbicide
and show excellent tolerance,
even at two times the recom
Frontier fits most cropping sys
tems. It can be used early preplant,
prcplant, preemergence, delayed
preemergence, and early post
emergence. It also can be tank
mixed or used in sequence with
broadleaf herbicides, such as Ban
vel®. Marksman®, or Clarity™,
for broad-spectrum control of
grasses and broadleaves in com.
Frontier will be available in
limited supply throughout the
Midwestern Com Belt for the
1993 growing season.
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