Local Iowa research and development (R&D) scientists are making significant headway in the battle against difficult weeds through their work on the Acuron™ corn herbicide technical team.
 
Stott Howard and Adrian Moses have played fundamental roles in the development of Acuron, which Syngenta created in response to the increased need for products with multiple modes of action and active ingredients to target problem weeds, such as giant ragweed, waterhemp and Palmer amaranth.
 
“Market research* shows infestations of tough broadleaf weeds in corn are up 50 percent in the last four years,” said Howard, head of corn product evaluation for Syngenta and a Des Moines resident. “There is no doubt that U.S. corn farmers need a technology with such great utility, flexibility and broad-spectrum weed control. I’m excited to be part of the development of Acuron, and I’m eager to see how growers respond to it.”
 
Acuron is a significant advancement in crop protection because it contains four active ingredients, including new bicyclopyrone, and three complementary modes of action. Syngenta anticipates EPA registration for the 2015 growing season.
 
Moses, R&D scientist for Syngenta and the second Iowa scientist on the Acuron technical team, who lives and operates a research farm near Ames, has worked for Syngenta and legacy companies for more than 29 years.
 
“After several years of formulation testing and more than 700 field trials evaluating the performance of bicyclopyrone, I am proud that we can help farmers achieve a new level of weed control in 2015,” said Moses.
 
Supplies for 2015 are expected to be limited, but for more information about Acuron herbicide, visit www.Acuron-Herbicide.com.