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What’s coming up from BASF

Gil Gullickson 11/22/2011 @ 2:28pm Crops Technology Editor for Successful Farming magazine/Agriculture.com

New fungicides and traits are coming from BASF for 2012 and beyond.

Earlier this month, BASF invited agricultural media from around the world to its Global Agricultural Solutions Press Info Day in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Here’s some of what’s coming up:

Fungicide With Dual Action Modes

Xemium fungicide is on tap for 2012, pending regulatory approval. It belongs to a fungicide class called carboxamides. Xemium has a mode of action called Succinate Dehydrogenase Inhibitor (SDHI). Carboxamides, new to the corn and soybean market, gives farmers another choice to the strobilurin and triazole fungicides they now use.

Xemium will be marketed under several different brand names. Priaxor will be the foliar fungicide brand you’ll see in corn, soybeans, canola, and sunflowers. It will feature a 2:1 ratio of F500 and Xemium. F500 is the active ingredient in BASF’s Headline strobilurin fungicide.

Strobilurin fungicide-resistant Cercospora sojina, the causal agent of frogeye leaf spot in soybeans, surfaced in 2010 and 2011 in fields in Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois. One way to forestall resistance is to use multiple modes of action. BASF officials say the dual modes of action in Priaxor are a step in this direction.

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