Hasten increases cross-labelled products to 45
Years of research and development by Vicchem creating superior crop adjuvants such as the flagship Hasten brand continues to pay off for the science-based company.
Since its Australian launch in 1996, Hasten is now cross-labelled on 45 leading agricultural chemical products, with recent additions including BASF’s Versys Insecticide and Adama’s Topnotch Fungicide. Hasten’s foliar penetrative properties make it an adjuvant of choice for these new systemic products.
The pioneering adjuvant brand Hasten has become a genuine home-grown success story for Melbourne based Vicchem, due to its continued growth in popularity amongst suppliers, resellers, agronomist and growers. Vicchem’s National Sales Manager, Owen Connelly said Hasten was one of the few adjuvant brands that offers agronomists and resellers a strong cross label that covers a large range of protection options.
Widely sold in the distinctive 20L green cans, Hasten has a solid research base. It’s manufactured to high-quality standards and extensively trialled to ensure safety to users, crops and the natural environment.
From Vicchem’s R&D division, Technical Manager Peter Jones reminds resellers and agronomists of reassuring results from Vicchem’s recent studies into adjuvant safety. Mr Jones said “all adjuvants have the potential to cause crop phytotoxicity which plantchemists believe is due to cellular breakdown. Based on Vicchem’s long-term studies, canola derived Hasten caused less cellular damage than mineral oil adjuvants and alcohol alkoxylate based non-ionic surfactants such as BS1000”, he said.
A key strength of Hasten is it’s ability to help systemic selective herbicides penetrate the waxy cuticle of target weeds, without damaging the crop.
On environmental safety, Mr Jones said Vicchem had also studied the effects of adjuvants on beneficial insects and predatory mites. The results show that Hasten was generally safer than Mineral oil based adjuvants and alcohol alkoxylate based non-ionic surfactants, which can be harmful to predatory green lacewing, predatory mites and parasitic wasps when sprayed on them, at typical use rates.
Mr Jones said Vicchem was also exploring opportunities to use some of the outstanding properties of Hasten in the development of new products; tailor-made made for certain pesticide types with Outright 770 for glyphosate applications in hard water an excellent example.
We are researching to incorporate these properties of Hasten into new adjuvant products in a targeted way.
Bale Boost Range : Builds Better Bales
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Quality hay production in Australia is an important market supplying an essential component for livestock production and the ever expanding export hay market. Producing high-quality hay whether for domestic livestock consumption or export requires the right climatic condition both in growing the crop and at baling time when rainfall, heat and humidity can all seriously affect the final product.
From the development of Hasten and other leading adjuvant products, Vicchem has developed a range of products to assist hay production more effectively.
Bale Boost consists of a unique Hayspray 300 applicator with a range of Hay adjuvants to manage moisture and retain leaf quality in hay production.
The products being Dry Down, Bale Shield and Leaf Retain, each bring new and beneficial aspects to hay production. These products have been developed through Vicchem’s R&D team from established technologies in Vicchem’s proprietary portfolio.
The Bale Boost product guide outlines the features and benefits for each product in the Bale Boost range, to “build better bales”
Vicchem has achieved HACCP Certification for a Food Grade Ester!
Earlier this year Vicchem achieved Certification for a newly developed HACCP Plan to support the manufacture of a food grade Ester – Esterol 122. The preparations included;
- significant refurbishing of facilities
- preparing and implementing the HACCP Plan
- appointment and training of a Food Safety Supervisor
- training of personnel as food handlers
- closely monitored batch manufacture
The process was completed in record time with fantastic commitment and involvement of all staff and ably guided by our FoodSafe Focus Consultant. We passed initial HACCP audit by SGS with flying colours and have followed up with further improvements to continue producing high quality batches of product.