Adjuvants are products which, when added to pesticides, increase their effectiveness by improving wetting, spreading, adhesion, rain fastness, etc.
Taminco’s adjuvants Sprayfast® and Spraygard® have a unique formulation of terpene polymer, a non-ionic wetting agent and a safener for use in tank-mixture with agricultural and horticultural chemicals, to improve their performance.
Used as a rainfast sticker in periods of unsettled weather, as a safener in situations of marginal selectivity. Used as an anti-transpirant, particularly in horticulture; in fact, used all season long as an almost universal adjuvant.
They are based on a unique polymeric terpene coating agent, which holds tank-mixed chemicals onto plants in a rainfast form, protected against degradation by sunlight, and against volatilization at high temperatures.
The coating agent then slowly releases the active chemicals so that they are available to the plant. This reduces phytotoxicity but greatly extends the action of the spray chemicals. Phytotoxicity is normally the result of a very rapid uptake of a chemical, during the first few hours after spraying, by plants that are only relatively resistant to that chemical. In the case of weed killing, a delay of a day or two may be introduced by the use of our adjuvants, although a more certain kill is obtained. Our adjuvants are quite unlike other additives, in that they are designed to slow down rather than speed up the uptake of spray chemicals by treated plants.
The coating is fully formed approximately 30 minutes after the spray has dried on the leaves of treated plants, although a high degree of rain fastness will be obtained as soon as the spray is dry.
When using with spray chemicals, for which a range of application rates are suggested, it will enable the chemicals to be used effectively at the lowest rate recommended for the intended purpose or at the longest recommended intervals between sprayings.