Dow sells popular herbicides Treflan and Edge to Gowan

Company insists that its sale of the products does not signal it is leaving the agricultural chemical business

Chemical company Dow has sold part of its herbicide business to Gowan.

The family of herbicides, known as dinitroanilines, includes the popular products Treflan and Edge, which are produced in Canada at Dow’s Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., facility.

Dow had indicated that the company was considering selling some assets.

The technology was among the first soil applied herbicides that control small seed broadleaf weeds and grasses in crops such as canola, cereals and beans, and are also popular in the vegetable and cotton industry.

They have a long history in Canadian agriculture and now sport registrations in 22 countries, including the U.S., Japan, Australia and parts of Europe.

Gowan officials say they believe the products have a strong presence in Canada and Europe, where they are used to control and avoid herbicide resistance in a variety of weeds species.

Other brands include Team, Bonalan and Sonalan. The products are based on trifluralin, benfluralin and ethalfluralin chemistries.

Dow says the sale of the product line doesn’t signal an exit of the agricultural chemical business for the company.

Garth Render of Gowan said distribution channels with dealers will remain in place.

Gowan is a family owned company located in Yuma, Arizona, which markets a variety of pesticides for agriculture and horticulture businesses.

michael.raine@producer.com

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