Agricultural silicone surfactants are excellent spreaders and performance enhancers for crop protection chemicals, micro nutrients, plant growth regulators and liquid fertilizers. They provide rapid wetting and spreading to enlarge spray coverage.Silicone Adjuvant
helps maximize the efficacy of pesticides by reducing spray damage and improving crop yield and quality. It can be added to most agricultural products such as fungicides, insecticides and herbicides. It also can be used to control plant diseases and to increase livestock health. However, some adjuvants can have harmful effects if not used properly. It is important to read and follow all directions for the use of an adjuvant.
Organo-silicone surfactants have been used as efficient adjuvants with herbicides, desiccants, insecticides, fungicides and plant growth regulators. They can improve the wetting and spreading of a spray solution on a plant surface, decreasing the surface tension of the water and increasing the adsorption rate. In addition, they reduce the amount of spray residue on waxy or hydrophobic surfaces. They also produce rainfastness by allowing the herbicide to be absorbed into the plant surface and remain effective after rainfall.
Silicone Adjuvant enhances the spread and penetration of pesticides in crops, making them more effective at controlling harmful insects and diseases. This reduces crop damage, improving overall yield and quality.
Most postemergence herbicide labels specify the use of either nonionic surfactants or methylated seed oils (MSO). Nonionic surfactants have a neutral charge and are less likely to interfere with the activity of some preemergent herbicides, especially those containing acetyl. However, the MSO’s fatty acid chain may be more reactive than that of a nonionic surfactant and interfere with glyphosate activation.
Adjuvants are chemical products that enhance the performance and physical characteristics of a spray solution, but they do not have any pesticidal activity on their own. The most common types of adjuvants include surfactants, oils, compatibility agents, buffering and conditioning agents, defoaming agents, drift control agents, and thickeners.
Organosilicone (OSL) adjuvants provide very good wetting properties that can be used to help maximize absorption of agricultural chemicals into plants. In addition, the wetting of aqueous solutions by OSLs results in lower surface tension values and lower contact angles on leaf surfaces compared to traditional nonionic surfactants.
Many pesticides have a high pH and require an emulsifying surfactant to disperse the product. These can be added to the formulation to reduce the need for agitation in the spray tank and increase the efficiency of the application process.
Increases Product Shelf Life
In agriculture, crop protection is essential for food production. Farmers must deal with unpredictable weather patterns, pests, diseases and other factors that can negatively impact crop yield and quality. In order to maximize the efficacy of their pesticides, farmers often add Silicone Adjuvant to their spray solutions.