Growers need reduced down time for herbicide application

SASKATOON, SK – (January 17, 2014) – When asked by what one factor would make herbicide application easier, 33% of 174 growers participating in the site’s TechTour poll answered reduced downtime.

Dow AgroSciences research scientist Dr. Len Juras and Dr. Tom Wolf, owner of AgriMetrix and an expert in spray technology, were on site with Shaun Haney of at the Saskatoon Crop Production Show. The discussions revolved around ‘beating the weather and reducing downtime with new technology.’

“In the simplest terms, growers want more good spray days and less stress,” says Juras. “Growers have told us that’s the research and development they need, and that’s what we are working on. We have always delivered superior weed control in wheat and barley with Dow AgroSciences products. Now, we are tackling a whole new set of grower needs to develop the ultimate weed control package. If they want to keep that sprayer going, we want to supply the product that will work best for them across all conditions – wet, dry, cold or hot – and across all weed and crop stages to keep them going.”

Poll results also indicate 29% want one herbicide to get all their worst broadleaf weeds at any weed size or crop stage, 22% want more convenient packaging or higher concentration, and 16% viewed having built-in herbicide resistance management as the single most important advantage.

The TechTour is a segment of sponsored by Dow AgroSciences. This novel segment features interviews with industry experts about new technologies that have the potential to increase crop production efficiency for growers. Most interviews are conducted onsite at major western Canadian farm shows from the Dow AgroSciences’ tradeshow booth at Agri-Trade in Red Deer, Crop Production Week & Crop Sphere in Saskatoon, Farm Tech in Edmonton, Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon and Ag-Expo in Lethbridge. Growers can also enter to win an LED Sprayer Light Kit, as part of TechTour, by registering at

An audio clip of the interview with Dr. Len Juras and Dr. Tom Wolf is available at:

For the most up-to-date poll results visit

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