The broad-spectrum herbicide, Gramoxone Inteon, was approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for use as weed control in late 2005. Syngenta Crop Protection’s Gramoxone Inteon, a new formulation of paraquat herbicide, is effective in burn down and harvest aid usages and offers an alternative to glyphosate technology.
“Gramoxone Inteon is a major advance in product stewardship and reduced risk,” said Rusty Wendt, Syngenta brand manager. “This new innovative formulation continues the Gramoxone tradition by providing outstanding weed control and an effective weed resistance management tool option.”
After years of research, Gramoxone Inteon contains an assortment of new features to improve its safety profile. It now reduces the risk of harm from accidental ingestion through the use of a novel formulation based on alginates. Alginates are non-toxic, natural products that are extracted from seaweed. Alginates in Gramoxone Inteon have no negative impact on product performance and come into play only in the case of accidental ingestion. The alginate technology helps to prevent the product from being absorbed into the body, thereby increasing time and efficacy for medical treatment should ingestion occur. An emetic, purgative and distinctive green dye further enhances the product safety profile.
Another new feature is a less offensive alerting agent. The alert now has a mild “decaying grass” odor designed to warn the user against accidental ingestion. This new odor further provides a more positive user experience during application and handling.
When it comes to glyphosate weed resistance management, Gramoxone Inteon is the way to go. Gramoxone Inteon helps preserve glyphosate technology for future use. A burndown with Gramoxone Inteon allows growers to save their glyphosate applications for in-crop use where they fit best.
“Now that glyphosate resistance has been confirmed in all major crop production regions in the United States, it’s more important than ever growers take measures to preserve this valuable technology,” says Wendt. “It’s time we gave glyphosate a rest by utilizing other chemistries like Gramoxone Inteon in burndown situations so that we can save glyphosate for in-crop use.”