Midwest Soybean Growers Give Fierce® XLT Soybean Herbicide Stamp of Approval

2015 American Soybean Association trials show positive results from growers

February 2, 2016

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. —Valent U.S.A. Corporation today announced that new Fierce® XLT Soybean Herbicide ranks in the top tier among growers for length of residual control and performance, according to the widespread demo program completed in 2015 through a partnership with the American Soybean Association (ASA).

Fierce XLT Soybean Herbicide, which first launched for the 2014 growing season, is a broad spectrum preemergence soybean herbicide that offers the longest lasting residual control of tough and resistant broadleaf weeds and grasses. By using Fierce XLT, growers can extend their application window, better manage workload and improve overall weed control.

A select group of growers from the ASA performed trials with Fierce XLT in 2015, testing against their standard herbicide programs. The results of the Fierce XLT trial program proved positive for Midwest growers looking for a new solution to combat tough and resistant weeds:

  • 90 percent overall grower satisfaction
  • 90 percent grower satisfaction with the extended length of residual control
  • 93 percent grower rating of Fierce XLT at or above standard herbicide program
  • 29 percent reduction in weed escapes with Fierce XLT as compared to the competitive products tested

John Pawlak, senior manager of product development for Valent, worked closely with over 90 growers who participated in the Fierce XLT program last summer.

"The growers who worked with us faced some tough weed challenges this past growing season, including Palmer amaranth, waterhemp, common ragweed and giant ragweed," Pawlak said. "The excellent preemergence weed control of Fierce XLT provided growers with a longer window to apply postemergence herbicides later in the season. It was rewarding to connect with Midwest growers and experience firsthand the results of three effective modes of action on soybean yields."

The ASA/Fierce XLT Field Trial Program evaluated how the application of Fierce XLT as part of a preplant burndown program or as a preemergence application can increase yield potential by providing greater control of ragweed, waterhemp and Palmer. The program gave growers an opportunity to address weed resistance challenges and advance soybean yields while using Fierce XLT—a new, highly active soybean herbicide from Valent. The ASA enrolled 93 member growers from Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio to participate in the program during the 2015 growing season. Results from the trial program show that more than 70 percent of growers will likely make Fierce XLT a permanent foundation of their residual program in 2016.

"Valent was eager to work with the ASA for this program, as their growers are leaders in the agricultural industry," said Jeffrey D. Smith, industry affairs manager at Valent. "Their feedback is valuable as we continue to develop effective herbicide solutions that help growers better manage weeds in their fields."

For more information on Fierce XLT, please visit http://www.valent.com/fierceXLT. For more details of the ASA/Fierce XLT Field Trial program, please visit https://soygrowers.com/learn/field-trial-fierce-xlt/.

About Valent U.S.A. Corporation
Valent U.S.A. Corporation, headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., develops and markets products in the United States and Canada that protect agricultural crops, enhance crop yields, improve food quality, beautify the environment and safeguard public health. Valent products include a well-known line of quality herbicide, insecticide, fungicide and plant growth regulator products for agricultural, seed protection and professional use. Valent is a leader in marketing and sales of both traditional chemical products and also biorational products developed by its affiliate, Valent BioSciences Corporation.

For more information about Valent or our full product line, please call 800-6-VALENT (682-5368) or visit valent.com.

About American Soybean Association
American Soybean Association (ASA) represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through voluntary farmer membership by farmers in 30 states where soybeans are grown.