Guarantee with Spray Job with Uptake

The crop spraying oils and adjuvant market is congested and confusing with endless formulations entering the market. Unfortunately, oil’s ain’t oils, and it is often hard to understand how these various oils will perform in the field. What we do know is that Uptake™ Spraying Oil is a well-established brand, developed and researched for over 20 years, with a proven reputation for quality and performance.

Uptake Spraying Oil is a premier crop oil concentrate for use with a wide range of herbicides and fungicides. It is a patent protected formulation and contains six proprietary ingredients (many new spray adjuvants typically only contain 2-3 ingredients). Uptake Spraying Oil is a reliable adjuvant in all conditions; it does not kill crops; it does not turn to jelly in cold conditions; and you can be assured that there is NO ‘true’ generic Uptake Spraying Oil formulations available, regardless of what you might be led to believe.

Research has repeatedly shown that Uptake Spraying Oil provides better spray retention and spreading, particularly on grass species, than other crop oils. Other adjuvants tested often had to be applied at a significantly higher rate than Uptake to achieve the same results. Laboratory and field studies also indicate that Uptake provided: faster reduction in droplet surface tension, implying faster spread; substantially lower equilibrium surface tension, implying wider final spread; increased spread with increased concentration; and faster and greater uptake of herbicide into broadleaf plants. These findings combine to result in a faster, more reliable result in the paddock.

Although at face value Uptake Spraying Oil may appear to be a more expensive oil, on a cost per hectare basis, this is not necessarily the case. Although other labels do allow application at half a litre per hectare, to achieve a similar result to Uptake Spraying Oil, common practice is to use 1 litre per hectare, making these options actually more expensive on a per hectare basis than Uptake.

Any minute saving in cost outlay for an adjuvant needs to be weighed against the potential of substandard control of weeds, potential harm the adjuvant may do to your crop and/or the cost of time in trying to remove jelly from your spray equipment.

Bryce Sturgess, Portfolio Business Manager for Dow AgroSciences stresses “a small investment in choosing Uptake Spraying Oil during application can ensure that your spray achieves the best possible result. This may prove to be the difference at the end of your cropping season. So in the broader perspective, the investment is nominal, particularly if you look at costs on a per hectare basis. There really shouldn’t be any question about whether to use a cost-effective, reliable and research-supported product opposed to anything else.”

What is also not clearly understood is that if the adjuvant is not stated on the crop protection product label, use of it basically means that it is an ‘off label’ use. Years of laboratory and field testing goes into building a label; ignoring this experience and relinquishing the products warranty is not a decision to be taken lightly. The most expensive job is one that doesn’t work.

“The true test of an adjuvant’s performance is not when conditions are soft, but in adverse conditions, like low water rates, sub-lethal doses, stressed plants and so on. Using the best adjuvant is cheap insurance to ensure you get the very best job, in all conditions” added Mr Sturgess.

“As part of our commitment to both inform and educate, more information about how adjuvants work (all adjuvants) may be found in our free, online learning module on Uptake Spraying Oil at”