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 1994, Hasten has been cross-labelled on 35 leading agricultural chemical products, with recent additions including the insecticides Adama’s Skope, Bayer’s Movento and BASF’s Versys. Hasten’s foliar penetrative properties make it the adjuvant of choice for these new systemic insecticides
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 could genuinely claim "Aussie icon" status.
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 plants chemists believe was due to cellular breakdown. Based on our long-term studies, canola derived Hasten produced relatively less cellular damage than mineral oil adjuvants, including Uptake and non-ionic surfactants such as BS 1000, he said.
A key strength of Hasten is the 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 these same adjuvants on beneficial insects and predatory mites. Our results show that Hasten was generally safer than the other two adjuvants tested, which can be harmful to predatory green lacewing, predatory mites and parasitic wasps when sprayed directly, at typical use rates.
Mr Jones said Vicchem was also exploring opportunities to use some of the standing 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 trying to incorporate these properties of Hasten into new adjuvant products in a targeted way.