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Dow Agrosciences introduces Turflon Ester Ultra

Turfgrass/Seed/Sod

Petroleum-free formula reduces environmental impact.

| May 24, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS — Turflon Ester Ultra herbicide from Dow AgroSciences uses plant-derived methylated seed oil(MSO) instead of petroleum distillates as its solvent. The new formulation reduces the environmental impact while continuing to provide broad-spectrum control of annual and perennial broadleaf weeds and kikuyugrass in ornamental turf, including turfgrasses on golf courses and sod farms. Turflon Ester Ultra, which replaces Turflon Ester specialty herbicide, is now available in most states.

“The patented formulation also has a lower odor than the previous Turflon Ester, which customers will appreciate," says Mark Urbanowski, senior marketing specialist with Dow AgroSciences.

Turflon Ester Ultra specialty herbicide offers the same postemergence control of early emerging and hard-to-control weeds, including wild violet, oxalis, spurge, clover, dandelion, ground ivy, lespedeza and plantain. In addition, Turflon Ester Ultra helps control bermudagrass on fairways and accelerates the transition to cool-season turf.

Triclopyr, the active ingredient in Turflon Ester Ultra, tends to stay where it is applied, so it is not likely to move through soil and reach the roots of off-target ornamentals or vegetation. Its ester  base prohibits Turflon Ester Ultra from evaporating off the turf, further reducing its chances of harming other vegetation.

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