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What is bulk packaging of agchem products doing to product quality?

The use of bulk packaging has exploded in broadacre agriculture in Australia. 1,000 L IBCs and 110 L mini bulk container are being used for on-farm convenience, container management or for a better price. But what do these bulk containers do to the stability of products that were initially designed for 10 L or 20 L containers?

Do Sprayer Hose Materials Differ in their Residue Risk?

At some time, most farm advisors have wondered whether their clients are getting all of the spray residues out of their spray lines and what this might be doing to the following crop.  Nobody wants a crop failure complaint! Do Sprayer Hose Materials Differ in their Residue Risk?

Does that new, fast acting, ready-to-use, garden herbicide really work?

Last year, a new knockdown, ready-to-use (RTU) product entered the home garden market with much fanfare and the promise to cause visual results within an hour.   Having tested many home garden products that have made wild claims we were sceptical – but we were wrong!

At Eureka!, we have considerable knowledge and excellent facilities to test product for use in home gardens.  I interviewed Liam Flynn, a Project Manager at Eureka!, about the studies that Eureka! has conducted on this new product and how it stacked up against its own claims. 

How adjuvants can boost post emergent herbicides and increase rainfastness

Around Australia farmers are currently spraying their winter crops for weeds. Spraying in winter often means battling with rain and wondering whether adjuvants are worth the cost.

In this month’s article, we’ll explore how we dramatically increase the rainfastness of an EC herbicide using an adjuvant.

Glyphosate and the Effect of Hard Water

Last year I interviewed one of our formulation chemists for an article about the effect that hard water has on agchems.  This article generated a lot of interest and we received a lot of questions, mostly about hard water and its effect on glyphosate efficacy.  There is still a lot of confusion around the effect hard water has on glyphosate and how the addition of ammonium sulphate works.

Trifluralin – How it really works Part 2

In Part 1 of this series we explained how:

  • trifluralin stops weed growth by inhibiting the division of cells at the root tip,
  • trifluralin vapour moves very short distances through soil and so vapour movement won’t compensate for poor application,
  • trifluralin is primarily absorbed into grasses through the roots rather than the coleoptile and so is far more potent when applied to the weed’s root zone,
  • volatilisation can cause the loss of more than 60% of applied trifluralin and,
  • studies have shown that trifluralin loses due to UV degradation have been low, generally less than 5% even under high UV conditions.

In this article we will review how soil type and soil pH affects the efficacy of trifluralin.  

Trifluralin – How it really works Part 1

Trifluralin is one of the most widely used herbicides in Australia.  Despite it being in use since the 1970s, it is surprising how many myths exist around how it works.  Eureka! has conducted dozens of experiments with trifluralin.  Over the next couple of newsletters I will share some of our findings with you.  In this article I will cover how trifluralin kills weeds, its movement through the soil as a gas, where it is absorbed into the plant and the proportion that is lost to volatilisation and UV degradation.  Please note that the scientific methods used in the experiments described here are too lengthy for this article.  If you want more information on them please contact me.