Headline® fungicide from BASF receives EPA approval for Plant Health label

January 29, 2009 07:28 AM

First fungicide in United States with Plant Health claims

BASF announced today that Headline® fungicide is the first fungicide to have EPA approved Plant Health claims on its label. State approvals are currently pending.
"We believe this is a new precedent for the agricultural community," said Nevin McDougall, Group Vice President, North America, BASF. "Agriculture must rely on innovative products such as Headline to meet the increasing global demand for food and fuel, in the face of decreasing availability of land. BASF is proud to be a leader in crop protection innovation."

"For years growers have relied on the outstanding disease control and Plant Health benefits from Headline," said Rick Chamblee, PhD, Technical Service Manager with BASF. "The research behind this registration underscores the commitment of BASF to helping growers get the most out of every acre by supporting the Plant Health benefits of Headline."

Headline improves Plant Health by acting on three unique areas of the plant's growth. These Plant Health benefits are improved growth efficiency, excellent disease control, and enhanced tolerance to stress conditions such as drought, heat, cold temperatures and ozone damage. 

"The Plant Health benefits of Headline help plants focus their energy on producing more output," noted Chamblee. "Over and over again, we see the yield advantage of Headline in a number of key crops."

Headline is the most researched fungicide on the market, with more than 7,000 farm trials conducted on well over a million acres in the past seven years.

In these trials, Headline was proven to increase yield advantage by 12-16 bushels/acre in corn, 4-8 bushels/acre in soybeans, 65 lbs/lint acre in cotton, and 6-10 bushels/acre in wheat. 

Headline is registered for use on more than 90 crops to control over 50 diseases.  For more information about Headline and other BASF crop protection products, visit, www.agproducts.basf.com.

With sales of €3,137 million in 2007, BASF's Crop Protection division is a leader in crop protection and a strong partner to the farming industry providing well-established and innovative fungicides, insecticides and herbicides. Farmers use these products and services to improve crop yields and crop quality. Other uses include public health, structural/urban pest control, turf and ornamental plants, vegetation management, and forestry. BASF aims to turn knowledge rapidly into market success. The vision of BASF's Crop Protection division is to be the world's leading innovator, optimizing agricultural production, improving nutrition, and thus enhancing the quality of life for a growing world population. Further information can be found on the web at www.agro.basf.com.

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BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 15,000 employees in North America, and had sales of approximately $16.4 billion in 2007. For more information about BASF's North American operations, or to sign up to receive news releases by e-mail, visit www.basf.com/usa

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from oil and gas to chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals. As a reliable partner BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF has more than 95,000 employees and posted sales of almost €58 billion in 2007. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com

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