BASF Professional Vegetation Management (ProVM) announced that Clearcast herbicide has received full label approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Clearcast, a new product from BASF ProVM, is designed for vegetation management professionals who require selective aquatic and shoreline weed control with minimal irrigation limitations. Clearcast controls target weeds, leaving desirables unaffected, making it ideal for aquatic areas that support wildlife habitat, fishing and other recreational activities.
In 2006 and 2007, Clearcast was applied for vegetation management through an Experimental Use Permit (EUP) in 17 states. Applications showed good control of floating, emerged and shoreline species such as common salvinia, water hyacinth, watershield, water lily, cattail, phragmites and giant reed. Additionally, targeted applications can control invasive exotics such as Chinese tallowtree without harming desirable hardwood vegetation.
“Clearcast offers aquatic plant managers a new and innovative tool to manage aquatic invasive species,” said Jack Whetstone, Associate Professor and Extension Aquatic Specialist, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Clemson University. “From our research, Clearcast produced excellent control of Chinese tallowtree. An interesting, added benefit of Clearcast, is the selective control of Chinese tallowtree at specific application rates with no effect on the vast majority of native tree species.”
“We performed two applications of Clearcast in 2007 under the EUP on watershield and water lily and were very happy with the results, as was our customer,” said Larry Kovar, Owner and President of Aquatic Analysts.
According to the EPA, Clearcast has a very favorable environmental profile, and is classified as practically nontoxic to birds, fish, algae and aquatic invertebrates. Clearcast has been granted a tolerance exemption by the EPA, which means there are no food residue limits for Clearcast in fish, shellfish, crustaceans or irrigated crops, when used as labeled.
Clearcast controls a broad spectrum of floating, emergent and shoreline weeds, including:
* Chinese Tallowtree
* Common Salvinia
* Giant Reed
* Water Four-leaf Clover
* Water Hyacinth
* Water Lily
Clearcast may be applied in a variety of ways, including directly to water for the control of submerged aquatic plant species; as a foliar application specifically for emergent and floating species; and via ground or aerial equipment including both fixed-wing and helicopter. When applying a foliar application by boat, the boat trail must be adequately sprayed after passing through. Clearcast is also a great tank-mix partner with many other aquatic herbicides. There are minimal irrigation restrictions and no restrictions on swimming, fishing or drinking water.
“Because of the minimal irrigation restrictions, Clearcast can be applied in a large variety of aquatic environments,” said Bo Burns, Aquatic Specialist for BASF ProVM. “Clearcast is ideal for golf course ponds and irrigation canals and ditches.”
For more information on how and where Clearcast is effective against aquatic weed species, or to request a label, please visit www.vmanswers.com to find your local sales representative, or call 800-545-9525.