Tank mixing is a common practice in agriculture for addressing multiple weed species in a timely manner
The current label for XtendiMax® herbicide with VaporGrip® Technology (Restricted Use Pesticide) allows for tank mixing a list of approved products, including glyphosate-based herbicides such as Roundup PowerMAX® herbicide. Farmers have found this combination to be an effective application for addressing broad-spectrum control of multiple grasses and broadleaf weeds.
Bayer implemented a proactive process through which tank-mix products are tested for volatility potential. This process helps to ensure that tested products do not adversely affect the volatility potential of XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology. In 2018 field testing, the common tank mix of XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology + Roundup PowerMAX + Intact™ (a drift-reducing adjuvant) was tested to evaluate volatility potential under varying conditions in six states.
This same tank mix was also extensively evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its most recent assessment of XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology prior to re-registering the herbicide in November 2018. The EPA's assessment also considered extensive field trial research conducted by several academic partners during the 2018 growing season. These academic trials were conducted using the tank mix of XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology + Roundup PowerMAX + Intact™.
The EPA has evaluated Bayer's research, as well as independent research of academic partners, which confirms that XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology tank mixes with potassium salt (K-salt) formulations of glyphosate, such as Roundup PowerMAX (in accordance with those tank-mix partners listed on the website), do not increase volatility potential in a way that would impact plants outside of the field.
The use of approved glyphosate herbicide tank-mix products is required to include an approved drift reduction adjuvant and meet Bayer's standard for low volatility. IPA salt glyphosates, on the other hand, have a higher potential to impact volatility; as a result, they are prohibited from being used as tank-mix partners. Other additives such as ammonium salts, including ammonium sulfate and ammonium nitrate, are also prohibited from the tank mix because of significant increase in volatility potential.
Visit XtendiMaxApplicationRequirements.com for an approved list of tank mixes.
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