10-31-18 CoAXium™ Wheat Production System driven by AggressorTM herbicide nearly doubles returns by controlling grassy weeds

Ritzville, Washington: CoAXiumTM wheat (left) produced 22.2 bu/acre more and $1.42/acre more than the untreated feral rye check (right).

CoAXium™ Wheat Production System driven by AggressorTM herbicide nearly doubles returns by controlling grassy weeds

ANKENY, IA AND FORT COLLINS, CO, October 31, 2018 — CoAXiumTM Wheat Production System driven by AggressorTM herbicide exceeded expectations in 2018 performance evaluation trials, demonstrating visibly superior control of feral rye (cereal rye), downy brome and jointed goatgrass. The new CoAXiumTM technology co-launched by wheat experts Albaugh LLC, Colorado Wheat Research Foundation and Limagrain Cereals Seeds delivered cleaner fields all season and higher yields at harvest in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Oregon, Nebraska and Washington.

In a Ritzville, Washington, plot with heavy pressure from a natural feral rye population, CoAXiumTM varieties treated with 10 oz/acre AggressorTM yielded 64.7 bu/acre with 0% foreign matter. The untreated check variety, in comparison, yielded 42.5 bu/acre with 40% foreign matter from feral rye seed in the sample. With a price per bushel of $6.42, the treated plot returned $415.37 per acre gross revenue, versus a $212.50 per acre return from the untreated feral rye check plot. (SEE PICTURE ABOVE)

MSU trial in Bozeman, Montana: CoAXiumTM wheat (right) produced 44.1 bu/acre more than the untreated check (left).

Montana State University (MSU) and Oregon State University (OSU) conducted CoAXiumTM Wheat Production System trials with equally impressive results. In Bozeman, Montana, high pressure from feral rye was obvious in an untreated plot planted next to a plot of CoAXiumTM wheat treated with 10 oz/acre of AggressorTM herbicide. The treated wheat yielded 98.3 bushels/acre — 44.1 more than the untreated check. (SEE PICTURE ABOVE)

OSU trial in Pendleton, Oregon: CoAXiumTM wheat (left) produced 23.7 bu/acre more than the untreated check (right).

In Pendleton, Oregon, the untreated plot presented a trifecta of winter annual weeds: downy brome, jointed goatgrass and feral (cereal) rye. The CoAXiumTM plot treated with 10 oz/acre of AggressorTM herbicide out-yielded the untreated check by nearly 30 percent — 103.2 bu/acre versus 79.5 bu/acre. (SEE PICTURE ABOVE)

“These CoAXiumTM Wheat Production System plots, driven by AggressorTM herbicide and powered by the AXigenTM trait, performed extremely well across eight key winter wheat producing states by targeting tough-to-control winter annual grassy weeds,” asserts Chad Shelton, Director of Global Proprietary Products at Albaugh. “The performance of AggressorTM herbicide within CoAXiumTM Wheat Production System is delivering a new tool to growers to help increase weed control performance and return on investment. We are very proud and excited to bring this high performing technology to wheat farmers.”

“It has been encouraging to talk with growers who participated in CoAXiumTM Wheat Production System trials,” said Brad Erker, Executive Director at Colorado Wheat Research Foundation. “They are so pleased to finally have a wheat production system that consistently controls winter annual grassy weeds in wheat. Farmers asked for a simple, cost-effective wheat production system that combined elite wheat varieties, a patented non-GMO herbicide-tolerance trait and a new post-emergent ACCase grass herbicide. Now they’ve got it.”

“These are exciting times for wheat farmers and the developers of CoAXiumTM Wheat Production System,” adds Dr. Mike Flowers, Product Development and Trait Manager at Limagrain Cereals Seeds. “Stewarding this new technology is critical. As a part of the stewardship process, growers must execute a Grower Stewardship Agreement prior to purchasing seed of a CoAXiumTM wheat variety. Growers are also expected to follow the Grower Stewardship Guidelines when producing CoAXiumTM wheat. Following these stewardship principles will maximize the efficacy of this system and prevent the development of herbicide resistance in grassy weeds.”

In 2018, information on the technology and performance of the CoAXiumTM Wheat Production System was shared with more than 1,700 wheat farmers and retailers at 40+ events from May to August. The untreated checks suffered from severe grassy weed infestations, while the CoAXiumTM Wheat Production System consistently controlled weeds resulting in cleaner fields and significantly higher yields.

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ABOUT CoAXiumTM Wheat Production System

CoAXium™ Wheat Production System driven by AggressorTM herbicide is a joint release by Albaugh, LLC, Colorado Wheat Research Foundation, Inc. and Limagrain Cereal Seeds. CoAXium™ is the first farmer-requested, farmer-developed wheat production system available in the United States.

ABOUT Albaugh, LLC

Albaugh, LLC is the largest global privately-held producer of post-patent herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and plant-growth regulators and seed treatments. Albaugh has leading market positions in four of the most widely-used post-patent agrochemicals worldwide: glyphosate, 2.4-D, atrazine and dicamba. Albaugh has a global direct market presence, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Europe. To learn more, visit albaughllc.com

Contact:  Chad W. Shelton, Director of Global Proprietary Products  |  chads@albaughllc.com  |  (509) 385-4140

ABOUT Colorado Wheat Research Foundation, Inc.

The Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF) is a non-profit corporation that conducts wheat-related educational and scientific programs, including a program to acquire ownership and propriety protection of new wheat varieties and novel traits developed at Colorado State University (CSU); and collecting royalties on sales of those varieties and traits, which are then returned to CSU to support wheat breeding and wheat-related research. The CWRF Board of Directors is appointed by the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC), the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG) and the Colorado Seed Growers Association (CSGA). To learn more, visit coloradowheat.org

Contact:  Brad Erker, Executive Director – Colorado Wheat  |  brad.erker@coloradowheat.org  |  (970) 449-6994