New products are flowing out of BASF’s pipeline. Nevin McDougall, senior vice president of BASF Agricultural Solutions, North America, says the company recently made regulatory submissions to the U.S. Evironmental Protection Agency (EPA) for two new fungicides and an insecticide.
The Kixor family of herbicides and Headline AMP emerged from the BASF pipeline for the 2010 growing season. “Ongoing laboratory and in-field research shows these three new products will help growers in ways they’ve never been helped before,” McDougall says.
McDougall says it takes generally takes eight to 10 years to bring a new crop protection product to market. He anticipates both fungicides to see product launch in 2012. Xemium is a new mode of action in disease production for row crops, fruits and vegetables. Initium fungicide is being researched and targeted for the specialty crop market.
The insecticide, Alpha-cypermethrin, is already registered in many countries for various row and specialty crops, and it has been submitted for registration with the EPA for use on U.S. row crops. BASF earlier announced it had signed an agreement with Meiji Seika Kaisha, Ltd., for co-development of an insecticide to control piercing and sucking insects like aphids, whiteflies, mealy bugs and leaf hoppers. Market launch of the new compound is expected in 2014 in Japan and 2015 in the U.S., the EU and South America.
Listen in as McDougall talks about the company’s full portfolio of products: