BASF Corporation has announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered Beyond herbicide, a critical component of the Clearfield Production System for wheat.

The EPA granted Section 3 registration for Beyond with winter wheat in late December, clearing the path for the full commercial launch this year.

“This registration provides U.S. growers with unique, herbicide-tolerant technology for managing problem weeds in winter wheat with no restrictions on marketing the grain,” said Bruce Cranfill, Clearfield wheat market manager.

Clearfield is a unique production system comprised of herbicide-tolerant seed varieties, Beyond herbicide to manage problem weeds and a stewardship agreement with growers to insure the use of best management practices for system sustainability.

Beyond is intended exclusively for use on Clearfield winter wheat and canola.

BASF and its seed partners also offer Clearfield corn for use with Lightning herbicide and Clearfield rice for use with Newpath herbicide.

“Growers will find that the Clearfield Production System for wheat maximizes yield and profit potential,” said Bill Kuntz, National Marketing Manager with AgriPro Wheat, based in Berthoud, Colo. “Beyond herbicide will provide U.S. wheat growers the potential for high economic returns by controlling troublesome grassy weeds that decrease yields.”

Chad Fabrizius, BASF technical specialist, said the Clearfield Production System for wheat offers increased yield potential in winter wheat through the use of certified seed.

“BASF is committed to providing growers with the tools to implement best management and stewardship practices that will enable them to get the full benefits of this system,” Fabrizius added.

Beyond provides one-pass, contact and residual control of key broadleaves and grasses, including many previously uncontrolled weeds, such as jointed goatgrass, rye grass, cheat grass and downy brome in winter wheat.

“This is an extremely exciting opportunity for the U.S. wheat industry,” said Scott Haley, wheat breeder at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. “With the Clearfield system, wheat producers will, for the first time, be able to selectively control weeds that reduce yield and decrease wheat market value through increased dockage.”

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