Do You Know How Adjuvants First Started? #TheAdjuvantSeries

If you’ve kept up with our previous two posts in the adjuvant series, you now have a more in depth understanding of how important adjuvants are in pesticide applications. They discussed the different barriers of entry and how they can be overcome. Different families of adjuvants do certain jobs. So where did adjuvants come from? Becoming familiar with the background of adjuvants may make their purpose even more clear this growing season.

The Adjuvant Concept

The whole idea of adjuvants is to help chemistry maintain or increase its control. This concept dates back to 1887 and 1888, when researchers first began to study them. Adjuvants started out as a way to destroy insect eggs. They included kerosene emulsions, sugar, tree sap and tar. In 1942, experiments with 2,4-D surfactant enhancements began. It was then discovered that paraffinic oils could enhance triazine herbicide’s foliar activity. Along with crop oil concentrates that would further enhance the activity of many herbicides.

During a pesticides development stages, researchers will test different families of adjuvants. This helps determine their effectiveness and product handling. Deciding which adjuvant to be used should be done thoroughly. There are many different methods and mixtures surrounding the chemical industry. Finding the right adjuvant includes pest characteristics, environmental conditions, application methods, and properties of the pesticide. To determine the right adjuvant tailored to your operation, please speak to a sales associate today. Follow our adjuvant series throughout, as we will discuss the different families of adjuvants next. For the previous two blogs in #TheAdjuvantSeries follow the links here:

How and Why Are Adjuvants Important?

Understanding Weed Barriers of Entry

 

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