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Flexibility the key to broadacre paddock planning

2nd November 2023


ASK any farmer that uses BOXER GOLD® herbicide what makes it their cereal program mainstay, more times than not they will say the same thing. 


“Its flexibility,” Eyre Peninsula farmer Denis Humphries said. 


“The flexibility we see with [time to] incorporation means we don’t have to be right on the spot, all the time, we can come and go so to speak.” 


The mixed farmer’s crop rotation includes wheat and barley, followed by either a medic or a vetch, at Kielpa, which has an annual rainfall average of just 401mm. 


“Annual ryegrass has traditionally been a pain in the backside,” Mr Humphries said. 


“The reason I use BOXER GOLD® is because of its flexibility and the quality of the job that it does.” 


BOXER GOLD® has time and again demonstrated its agronomic edge over trifluralin and triallate, especially in dry times. Syngenta Senior Product Lead Garth Wickson encouraged farmers to speak with their Nutrien Ag Solutions store about their paddock plans now, to lock in some sharp pricing on BOXER GOLD®. 


“Trial data across key cropping regions of Australia highlights that while trifluralin and trifluralin/triallate tank-mixes can deliver good ryegrass control, their performance can sometimes be variable as their efficacy is impacted more by weather conditions and different soil types,” Mr Wickson said.  


“In side-by-side comparisons the trials and commercial use have shown that BOXER GOLD® delivers a high level of ryegrass control without being prone to the same degree of variability in sub-optimal conditions.  


“It’s a more robust solution to the ARG problem that allows growers to achieve consistently better results with less likelihood of seasonally induced failures causing weed numbers to blowout.”  

Reliability, consistency and flexibility are all important points for growers to consider when choosing herbicides.  


BOXER GOLD® offers control of ARG Group 3 herbicide resistant populations, as well as silver grass, stone crop (Crassula spp.), toad rush and useful suppression of barley grass.  


A flexible-to-use product, application can be changed to suit seasonal conditions. Registered use patterns include:   

  • Pre-emergent, applied up to seven days prior to mechanical incorporation by the sowing operation (IBS);  
  • A split application of 1.75 L/ha pre-plant followed by 750 mL/ha post-plant, and; 
  • Post-emergent, one-to-three leaf-stage for ARG (suppression). 


To expand the weed spectrum even further, Mr Wickson advised BOXER GOLD® can be tank-mixed with trifluralin or Monza.  


BOXER GOLD® was developed by Syngenta for tough conditions. For more than a decade it has helped growers control annual ryegrass, including Group 3 resistant populations, over millions of hectares.  


A unique propriety formulation of Prosulfocarb and S-metolachlor (Group 15), BOXER GOLD® is an important tool for resistance management.  


More consistent, robust control of hard to control annual ryegrass in less than ideal moisture planting conditions means BOXER GOLD® can deliver better overall value compared with trifluralin and triallate mixes.


To learn more about BOXER GOLD® herbicide visit or speak to your local Nutrien Ag Solutions representative. 


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