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Headline Label Amended to Include Flax

Market-leading fungicide from BASF protects flax crop from serious disease

BASF Canada has received an amended registration for the use of Headline® fungicide on flax. With this registration, growers can now apply Headline to protect their flax crop against Pasmo (Septoria linicol), a serious, yield-robbing disease that can also negatively impact the plant’s health.

“Over the past few years, the incidence of Pasmo in flax has become widespread, particularly in Manitoba,” stated Garvin Kabernick with the Manitoba Flax Growers Association. “With Headline registered for use in this crop, flax growers now have access to leading technology for effective control of Pasmo and can look forward to improved yield and returns.”

BASF recommends that for optimal disease control, Headline should be applied preventatively to flax at 0.3 L/ha (120 ml/ac) at 8-10 days after first flower, with a minimum of 100 L/ha water for ground application or 50L/ha water for aerial application.

Early infection of Pasmo can reduce the yield and quality of flax substantially. Most of the yield loss occurs because infected plants ripen too quickly, seeds do not fill normally, or heavy boll-drop by wind and rain occurs.

This registration was achieved due to a cooperative effort between the Manitoba Minor Use Coordinators, the Manitoba Flax Growers Association, the Flax Council of Canada and BASF Canada. “This is a great example of cooperation between these groups resulting in a superior disease management tool for Canadian flax growers,” says Wayne Barton, Brand Manager, Fungicides for BASF Canada.

With the addition of flax to the Headline label, Headline now provides the best control of most major diseases in the widest range of crops, including cereals, pulses, oilseeds and many other crops.

About BASF Crop Protection Division With sales of €4.0 billion in 2010, 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 or follow us on twitter:

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BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals and oil and gas. 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 approximately 97,000 employees and posted sales of more than €62 billion in 2008. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at

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