Soybeans: Helm Agro Introduces Zone Elite Pre Herbicide

Photo: Kevin Hudson, Mississippi State University

Helm Agro US, Inc. has added Zone Elite to the company’s Zone herbicide family for U.S. soybean growers.

Zone Elite is a pre-emergence herbicide for broad-spectrum weed control with an application window from 30-plus days preplant and up to 3 days after planting. It is aimed at grasses and small-seeded broadleaves and delivers efficacy on more than 45 different weed species.

Zone Elite contains Group 14 and 15 herbicides consisting of 0.7 pounds of sulfentrazone and 6.3 pounds of metolachlor per gallon of active ingredients.

“For growers battling resistance, Zone Elite is an ideal weed control solution,” says Jan Stechmann, President of Helm Agro US. “With two modes of action plus 45 to 60 days of residual activity, Zone Elite keeps early season soybean fields clean for longer periods – allowing more flexibility for post-emergent applications.”

Offering control for waterhemp, foxtail and Amaranthus pressure regions, Stechmann says Zone Elite will be available in 2019 for soybean growers in the Midwest, Northeast and Midsouth, as well as North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

Labeled for ‘pre’ application in all soybeans, traited and conventional, Zone Elite is also approved for use in dry shelled peas. The product is tank-mix compatible with fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides and adjuvants, and packaged in 2 x 2.5-gallon cases.Zone Elite application rates for soybeans are determined according to soil texture and percentage of organic matter on a per field basis, ranging from 19.0 to 38.7 ounces per acre.

Zone Elite is the latest product under the “Zone” brand of herbicides, now available from Helm.

Included in the lineup with Zone Elite are: Zone Assist herbicide, a premix formulation of sulfentrazone and imazethapyr; and Zone herbicide, a premix formulation of sulfentrazone and chlorimuron.

All three products offer equivalent performance at a cost competitive price to leading marketplace brands, according to a company announcement, “and are highly recommended for 2019 herbicide resistance weed management programs.”

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