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Caramba Fungicide Now Registered in Canada


Fusarium head blight protection has arrived!

Mississauga, ON, June 11, 2010 – BASF Canada has received Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) registration for Caramba fungicide, a new systemic triazole fungicide for use on wheat, oats, barley and rye.


“This is great news for cereal growers,” stated Mike Bakker, Fungicide Brand Manager with BASF Canada. “They have been waiting a long time for a product that will provide protection against Fusarium head blight, and at last it’s here!”


Caramba provides the best protection against Fusarium head blight combined with premium leaf disease control. The active ingredient in Caramba is metconazole. This active is part of the triazole (Group 3) family of fungicides which have protective and curative activity on a number of foliar diseases in a range of crops.


By managing Fusarium head blight, growers will realize the benefits of improved yield and reduced levels of deoxynivalenol (DON) contamination, protecting grain quality and value. By protecting quality of grain, growers have a better opportunity to maximize return on their investment.


“No other fungicide has created the kind of excitement that Caramba is bringing to the marketplace,” continued Bakker. “Fusarium is a dirty word for growers and they know the damage it can cause. With Caramba fungicide, growers finally have a product specifically developed to help them manage this disease in cereals.”


To maximize the performance on Fusarium head blight, Caramba should be applied at 20% flowering (GS 61-63) to wheat, oats and rye. For barley, apply Caramba between full head emergence to up to 3 days after full emergence of main stem heads.


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 www.agro.basf.com or follow us on twitter: www.twitter.com/basfagro

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