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Linseed growers have an extra tool to control difficult weeds after maize herbicide Basilico was granted an Extension of Authorisation for Minor Use (EAMU)... Maize herbicide can be used on linseed too

Linseed growers have an extra tool to control difficult weeds after maize herbicide Basilico was granted an Extension of Authorisation for Minor Use (EAMU) registration.

The EAMU means Basilico can be used on winter and spring linseed. Manufactured by off-patent manufacturers Life Scientific, it contains 100 g/l mesotrione and is reverse engineered from the reference product Callisto.

Previously used as a post emergence herbicide in crops of grain and forage maize to control annual broad-leaved weeds. Basilico’s new EAMU allows the product to be used on both winter and spring linseed as a pre-emergence treatment. The maximum rate of use is 1.5 l/ha.

“The area of linseed is increasing in the UK as growers look for alternative break crops to oilseed rape, so it’s great news to be able to offer an additional herbicide option for this crop,” says Life Scientific country manager Ruth Stanley.

“We have worked closely with Linseed specialists Premium Crops who have helped us with the EAMU submission.”

Premium Crops linseed agronomist Hannah Foxall says Basilico is the company’s preferred herbicide option – and offers good control of difficult weeds such as polygonums and fat hen.

“It’s important to recognise that the best results come from applications to moist soils immediately after drilling and rolling.”