Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mixed glyphosate formulation will be a mainstream in China

The Herbicide Development and Application Exchange Meeting (Exchange Meeting) was held on 22-24 March 2013 in Hefei City, Anhui Province. Given the serious situation of glyphosate-resistant weeds, mixed glyphosate formulations will be the mainstream glyphosate formulations in China in the coming years, according to CCM’s latest monthly report, Glyphsoate China Monthly Report 1304.

"The situation of glyphosate-resistant weeds is very serious in China at present. Take the resistance of eleusine indica gaertn to glyphosate for example; its relative resistance index was 11 in the Yangcun Town of Huizhou City, meaning that the use volume is 11 times higher than the normal in order to kill eleusine indica gaertn. Mixed glyphosate formulations will be one of the most important methods for slowing down the growth of weeds' resistance to glyphosate in the future" said Mr. Zhang, a weed expert of the Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

Besides many weed experts in the Exchange Meeting believed that mixed glyphosate formulation is expected to be the mainstream glyphosate formulation in China in the coming years, some glyphosate manufacturers have foreseen that mixed glyphosate formulations will take up more and more market shares. They have already introduced some mixed glyphosate formulations into the market or obtained more and more registrations for mixed glyphosate formulations.

The companies that introduced mixed glyphosate formulations into market, Anhui Huaxing Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. (Anhui Huaxing) and Guangxi Sanjing Chemical Technology Co., Ltd. (Guangxi Sanjing) are pioneers.

During the Exchange Meeting, Anhui Huaxing seriously recommended its mixed glyphosate formulation—MCPA-sodium•glyphosate 46.5% AS. "Our company will obtain more and more glyphosate market shares in the domestic market, and glyphosate products are our competitive products, including mixed glyphosate formulations", said Mrs. Wang,  Vice President of Anhui Huaxing.

Another glyphosate manufacturer, namely Guangxi Sanjing, also introduced its mixed glyphosate formulation—2,4-D acid•glyphosate 32% AS. "Facing the serious situation of glyphosate-resistant weeds, our company placed a lot of confidence on our mixed glyphosate formulation. We are not only the first company to research on and produce 2,4-D acid•glyphosate 32% AS, but also the only registration certificate holder for it in China at present", said Mr. Song, General Manager of Guangxi Sanjing.

The registration of mixed glyphosate formulations will be one of the most important. In 2012, 82 manufacturers achieved a total of 97 new registrations of glyphosate products, among which about 11% are mixed glyphosate formulation registrations. More and more glyphosate manufacturers realize the importance of mixed glyphosate formulation. Therefore, their registration will surely increase in the coming years.

The development of glyphosate-resistant weeds is deteriorating, numbering 24 in the world up to now (FIGURE 15), mainly attributed to the frequent and large-scale use of single glyphosate formulation for about 40 years. Apart from mixed glyphosate formulations, the improving glyphosate formulation technology, changing tillage mode (crop rotation), etc. can also slow down the growth of weeds' resistance to glyphosate.

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Glyphosate China Monthly Report, a monthly publication issued by CCM on 20th, will keep track of latest dynamics, hotspots and competitiveness analysis, and forecasts on market trends of China’s glyphosate industry.

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