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Our independently conducted defoliation research aims to provide simplified solutions and solid replicated data to prove the performance of our products.
Image 1: ENHANCE® – Pre-Application.
Image 2: ENHANCE® – 8 Days post Application
(Source: Cotton Defoliation Evaluation Trial Report – Neels Van Rensburg Kapun – Dalby, Queensland (March 2014).
Image 3: ENHANCE® – Day 5 post Application one (Ground). ENHANCE® (Left) – CANOPY (Right)
(Source: CGS 2013 Defoliation Report – Claire Welsh – Goondiwindi, Queensland (March 2013).
The SACOA cotton product range has been developed for specific tasks. BIOPEST®, due to its unique base oil and formulation, is specifically designed to be safe for use in-crop for control of sucking pests and suppression of chewing insects.
Our defoliation products ENHANCE® and CROPSHIELD® have specific characteristics such as higher emulsifier loadings which make them more effective carriers in assisting defoliation active ingredients.
Other products in the market are recommended for season long usage – in early season mixtures with glyphosate for sucking pest control, as carriers for insecticides mid season and for standalone sucking pest control – but are they really effective as defoliants? We set out with our independent large scale and replicated trial work to find out.
During the last few seasons, SACOA engaged independent collaborators to conduct a number of large scale demonstration trials to showcase the use of our defoliation products ENHANCE® and CROPSHIELD®.
From Emerald to Hay, whether applied by air or ground, our products performed as well and in many cases were superior to other commonly used products.
SACOA has engaged independent research companys to carry effectivement of our defoliation products ENHANCE® and CROPSHIELD®.
Cotton Defoliation, Wee Waa
Chart 1: Adjuvants such as ENHANCE® and PLANTOCROP® increase the droplet survival time on leaf surfaces, enabling time for the active ingredient to enter. (Source: USDA droplet survival study SACOA).
Trials conducted on dryland and irrigated cotton crops over the many years have all shown that CROPSHIELD® performs equally as well as current defoliation oils such as DC-Tron Cotton®, ENHANCE®. CROPSHIELD® has been trialled with Dropp Liquid®, Dropp UltraMax® and other Thidiazuron defoliation products.
Chart 2 : ENHANCE® proved more effective for rapid boll opening. CROPSHIELD® proved equivalent to DC-Tron®.
(Source: Griffiths Agriculture SAC12LB235 Brymaroo QLD).
ENHANCE® is a highly refined paraffinic oil with non-ionic surfactants. It has been developed through extensive research for use as a quality oil at cotton defoliation at half the rate of DC-Tron Cotton® or other similar products.