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New Touchdown Formulation Tested on Roundup Ready Crops
Syngenta has successfully tested a new Touchdown non-selective herbicide in over-the-top applications on Roundup Ready (RR) soybeans, corn and cotton.

In addition to RR corn and cotton, the new Touchdown will be registered as a burndown application in more than 100 new, additional crops, including cotton, small grains, grasses, numerous horticultural crops and several legumes.

The new technology improves spray retention, herbicide uptake and translocation of the active ingredient throughout the weed. At the same time, it minimizes potential phytotoxicity to RR crops because the glyphosate salt and adjuvants are gentle to epidural cells on leaf surfaces.

Touchdown controls more than 170 weeds, including tough-to-control species such as velvet leaf, cocklebur, waterhemp, giant ragweed, smartweed, ivyleaf morningglory, prockly sida, quackgrass, johnsongrass, bermudagrass, broadleaf signalgrass and foxtails.


Dow AgroSciences Purchases Acetochlor Herbicide
Dow AgroSciences LLC, Indianapolis, has signed an agreement to purchase the acetochlor herbicide product line from Zeneca Limited. Acetochlor is used to control grasses and small-seeded broadleaf weeds in corn (maize) and other crops. Zeneca is selling the acetochlor product line to comply with regulatory requirements relating to the pending merger of its crop protection business with that of Novartis.

Following the close of the purchase, acetochlor brands that will become Dow AgroSciences products include Surpass, FulTime, TopNotch, Trophy, Wenner and others.

Dow AgroSciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company. For more information, visit www.dowagro.com.


Novartis Agribusiness Sells Flint line to Bayer AG
Novartis Agribusiness announces the sale of its worldwide Flint business to Bayer Crop Protection, a subsidiary of Bayer AG. The sale includes production facilities in Muttenz, Switzerland, as well as all associated intellectual property rights, product trademarks, registrations and know-how. Not included is the value of product inventories.

Flint is a second generation strobilurin fungicide with a broad spectrum of applications.


New Cox Digital Thermometer
COX Recorders announces the introduction of a hand-held, digital thermometer. The new COX Digital Thermocouple Thermometer features an expansive temperature range (-58OF to + 1742OF / -50'C to +9500C) with superior accuracy.

The versatile COX Digital Thermocouple Thermometer retains the highest and lowest temperature readings in memory for future review until the unit has been cleared or is turned off. In addition, the unit can be switched from Celsius to Fahrenheit readings and from display in whole numbers to tenths of a degree at the touch of a button. A ‘hold’ feature retains the last temperature reading on the display until the reading can be confirmed or until the probe can be retracted and the display viewed. Another feature allows the unit to automatically turn itself off after approximately 60 minutes of non-use to preserve battery life.

For more information, call 909-946-4441 or visit their Web site at www.coxtec.com/cox.htm.


New Information Available on Clemson Web site
Informatin about growing green (boiling) peanuts commercially and about growing peanuts in home gardens is now available online from Clemson University. The new Web site also includes a new Peanut Moneymaker leaflet for growing quota peanuts in South Carolina and provides links to information on variety performance, budgets and more.

Visit their Web site at hubcap.clemson.edu/scafrs/Edisto/peanut/pea-nut.htm.