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Dow AgroSciences introduces Vastlan specialty herbicide

The Dow AgroSciences Industrial Vegetation Management (IVM) business introduced Vastlan specialty herbicide, a new high-load triclopyr formulation providing the vegetation management industry with an advanced foundation product for brush control. Label approval was received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on February 25, 2016.

“Vastlan offers multiple advantages over other triclopyr formulations, including Garlon 3A specialty herbicide,” said Dave Owens, IVM and Range & Pasture portfolio marketing leader, Dow AgroSciences. “Its improved high-load formulation allowed for a label signal word of ‘Warning’ in comparison to the ‘Danger’ signal word Garlon 3A and other similar triclopyr herbicides carry. Also significant is the superior control it provides of tough woody species, while reducing container handling by 25 percent.”

The advanced carrier system in Vastlan allows for a higher load of active ingredient — 4 pounds acid equivalent per gallon versus 3 pounds acid equivalent per gallon for Garlon 3A specialty herbicide and other comparable products — while delivering a significant improvement in the product’s signal word, which improves applicator handling and safety.

The higher loading of active ingredient in Vastlan allows vegetation managers to decrease the volume of herbicide handled by 25 percent compared with similar formulations, ensuring greater efficiencies in shipping, handling, mixing and triple rinsing of containers. Vastlan specialty herbicide also will be available through Continuum Prescription Control & Container Management System, allowing for the additional benefits of closed system handling and custom blending with other herbicides and adjuvants.

Vastlan can be used on almost any use site, including aquatic sites, and in a variety of application methods. It’s well-suited for foliar broadcast applications where it’s a total reclamation situation. It’s also an effective formulation for side-trimming applications and in individual plant treatments, including cut-surface and low-volume foliar applications.

For greater spectrum of control Vastlan is tank-mix-compatible with numerous other herbicides, including Milestone and Opensight specialty herbicides.

Besides flexibility in application types, Vastlan provides flexibility in where it can be applied.

“It has no limitations on noncrop sites, and it can be used on aquatic sites and range and pasture sites — including no grazing restrictions for any class of livestock,” said Owens. “Furthermore, it has no soil activity or runoff concerns to affect adjacent desirable species, along with a high degree of selectivity to grasses. It also can be used on CRP sites with quick plantback intervals to help rapidly establish desirable species.”

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