Oct 13, 2020
New OMRI-listed adjutivant, Xena Spreader-Sticker, debuts
Westbridge Agricultural Products announced Oct. 9 that Xena Spreader-Sticker has been listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute and Washington State Department of Agriculture for use on all certified organic crops.
Xena Spreader-Sticker is an adjuvant that increases the spreading and adhesion of insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, biostimulants, plant growth regulators and biopesticides. It is compatible with most inputs and can be used in conventional and organic farming, according to a news release from the company.
Xena serves as a tank-mix partner to improve the coverage and retention of agricultural sprays on the plant surface, according to the release. It is a blend of three nonionic surfactants that increase the spreading of applied spray droplets. This increased spreading results in better coverage which is usually correlated with enhanced efficacy. Upon drying, Xena aids in adhering agrochemicals to the plant surface by forming a thin, transparent film composed of plant-derived polysaccharides, rather than synthetic polymers. Therefore, after agrochemicals have been more efficiently distributed through enhanced spreading, they will stay on the plant longer, resisting loss from rainfall, dew and irrigation events.
Westbridge is committed to providing growers with new products and tools that will help them meet their crop production goals,” Larry Parker, director of research and development at Westbridge, said in a news release. “The introduction of Xena Spreader-Sticker gives organic growers a very effective and cost-effective tool to help enhance the efficacy of their herbicides, fungicides and other crop inputs safely and efficiently.”
Xena is now available in for sale in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. California state registration is pending.
Westbridge has been a market leader in organic plant nutrients, biopesticides and specialty inputs since 1982. For more information on XENA Spreader-Sticker and Westbridge’s full product line, call (800) 876-2767 or visit www.westbridge.com.