BASF Introduces Revysol Fungicide
BASF has introduced a new triazole fungicide called Revysol. It’s a DeMethylation Inhibitor (DMI) fungicide that is part of the triazole group of fungicides that BASF plans to initially label for 17 crops, including corn and soybeans.
BASF executives and scientists made the announcement at a BASF media briefing prior to this week’s Commodity Classic in Orlando, Florida.
“This is not your grandpa’s triazole,” says Paula Halabicki, BASF technical marketing manager. "Broader, stronger, and longer is what separates us from other DMIs.”
The company anticipates EPA registration for Revysol to be finalized this summer.
In corn, its brand name will be Veltyma fungicide. BASF officials say it will give excellent control of major corn disease including gray leaf spot, northern corn leaf blight, tar spot, and southern rust.
In soybeans, its brand name will be Revytek fungicide. BASF officials say it will give excellent control of frogeye leaf spot, septoria, target spot, and Asian soybean rust.
Fifteen years ago, fungicide use was mainly limited to fruit and vegetable production. If it was used in row crops, it was mainly used for specialty types of production, such as seed corn production.
Matt Bradley, BASF product manager, notes corn fungicide use grew from 8.4 million acres in 2007 to 21.6 million acres in 2018. In soybeans, use grew from 4.6 million acres to 18.8 million acres in same time frame. He says Revysol will continue the momentum.
One of Revysol’s strengths is its fast uptake by plants that will lead to strong curative and long-lasting activity, says Halabicki. That’s key in halting diseases like gray leaf spot in corn, she says.
“Based on the chemical properties of Revysol, it binds very strongly to the waxy layer of the plants. The formulation also allows it to move into the plant quickly. You have better opportunity for curative activity or post-infection control.”
BASF executives say the Revysol products also have physiological plant benefits, such as ethylene suppression, that are included under BASF’s Plant Health banner.
These physiological benefits helps crops during the growing season, says Tye Marquardt, retailer at Nebraskaland Aviation in Holdrege, Nebraska.
“Just like in football, you have to get 3 yards before you get 30,” he says. “We make these treatments for the plant health benefits, and if disease comes in the picture, that is a secondary benefit of these treatments.”