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Syngenta prepares for US Acuron launch

Syngenta is preparing to launch its new maize herbicide, Acuron (bicyclopyrone + atrazine + mesotrione + S-metolachlor + benoxacor safener), in the US for the 2015 season, but first-year supplies will be limited, the company says. The herbicide has been tested at 167 locations across 35 states this year. Acuron was developed in response to the expanding problem of weed resistance and the increase in demand for residual herbicides with multiple modes of action. It controls more than 70 broadleaf weeds and grasses, including the "toughest" weeds such as giant ragweed (Ambrosia spp), morning glory (Ipomoea spp), Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) and waterhemp (Amaranthus spp), Syngenta points out. The EPA has scheduled a registration decision for bicyclopyrone by the end of this year.

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