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Headline Fungicide No-Till Product Of The Year
Headline fungicide from BASF was recognized as fungicide of the year during the 17th Annual National No-Tillage Conference 2009 No-Till Product of the Year awards presentation, and marks the fourth consecutive year that Headline fungicide has been proclaimed the leading fungicide on the market by no-till farmers nationwide.

Headline offers excellent disease control and plant health benefits, including stress tolerance and improved yield potential. A fast-acting, broad-spectrum fungicide with a high level of activity on major diseases that threaten yield and crop quality, Headline fungicide is used to protect more than 90 crops, including peanuts, corn, soybeans and wheat, and controls more than 50 diseases.

BASF has conducted more than 6,000 on-farm trials in the past five years to demonstrate typical results of four to eight bushels per acre yield advantage in soybeans and 12 to 16 bushels per acre in corn by using Headline fungicide.

In peanuts, Headline provides excellent control of early and late leaf spot, rust and web blotch and good control of white mold/stem rot and Rhizoctonia limb rot, according to the 2010 Pesticide Guide published in the January issue of Peanut Grower.

BASF recently announced that Headline AMP fungicide, the first combination fungicide specifically developed for corn growers, received full EPA registration. Headline AMP is a combination of the same active ingredient in Headline fungicide with the addition of a unique, best-in-class triazole. The result is a broad-spectrum fungicide that provides maximum protection from major diseases that can threaten yield and crop quality and improved plant health.

More information can be found on the Web at http://agproducts.basf.us.


New Source For Seed Treatment Information
Also from BASF, a recently launched seed treatment section to the BASF Web site, www.seedtreatmentsource.com, will allow producers to access a wealth of information related to seed treatment products.

“Choosing quality seed is important, but protecting that investment is what ensures growers get the most out of every acre,” said Craig Lindholm, BASF Marketing Manager. “To help growers achieve the best possible yield advantage, BASF continues to develop SeedSolutions, as well as fungicides and herbicides, to protect crops.”

SeedSolutions that provide a strong start are as follows:

• Stamina fungicide seed treatment offers outstanding protection, including enhanced seedling vitality and innovative technology, thus fulfilling the needs of both growers and seed industry partners.

• Charter fungicide seed treatment formulations (wheat and barley) help produce healthier seedlings, increased tolerance to early stress and excellent control of key diseases that impact cereal product and crop seed safety.

• Used in combination with other BASF fungicides, Acquire fungicide seed treatment provides broad protection against Pythium species and will help maximize yields by protecting seedlings from disease and stress threats.

• Charter and Axcess seed treatment insecticide with Acquire can be tailored to specific insect needs. Axcess active ingredient is imidacloprid, the recognized leader in cereal insecticides.

• Coronet fungicide seed treatment helps maximize yield potential of vegetables by controlling key seed and seedling disease from the start with two modes of action: F500 and boscalid. The launch of Coronet introduces a new class of chemistry to the seed treatment market with the introduction of boscalid, from the carboxamide family of chemistry, and pyraclostrobin.

With 11 new products in the pipeline for delivery by the end of 2010, BASF is committed to providing complete seed treatment solutions.

Monsanto Approved For New Herbicide Formulation
Monsanto Company recently announced approval from the U.S. EPA for the sale of a new formulation of acetochlor for early postemergence use in cotton and soybeans. The product will be marketed as MON 63410 Herbicide for the 2010 growing season.

Upon receipt of state registrations or approvals, it will be introduced primarily for those areas of the Southeast, Mid-South and Midwestern states of Missouri and Southern Illinois that have had resistance and other control problems with Palmer amaranth and tall waterhemp.

MON 63410 is a new encapsulated formulation of acetochlor that provides for greater crop safety on cotton and soybeans than previous products like Harness herbicide and Degree herbicide. Both herbicides are approved for use on corn, where the compound already provides reliable pre-emergent residual control of grasses and small-seeded broadleaf weeds.

In comparative testing against currently registered products under an EPA experimental use permit during the 2009 season, MON 63410 provided similar crop safety results in cotton with improved control of Palmer amaranth, more commonly called pigweed. Soybean testing in the same season showed improved crop safety results and similar weed control to currently registered products.

To learn more, please visit www.monsanto.com.

PG

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