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Headline Fungicide Receives Registration on Sunflowers in Time for 2010 Season

Yield can be protected from sunflower rust with market-leading fungicide from BASF

Mississauga, ON, June 30, 2010 – BASF Canada has received registration from the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) for the use of Headline® fungicide on sunflowers to protect the crop against a most serious leaf disease, sunflower rust.

“This registration is a critical one for sunflower growers in western Canada,” stated Wayne Barton, Market Manager for Fungicides for BASF Canada. “Two cases of sunflower rust have recently been confirmed in Manitoba. Fortunately, because of the delayed growing season this year, growers still have time to protect their crop from this tough-to-manage infection and protect their crops’ yield.”

Sunflower rust is an extremely damaging disease, with early infections reducing yields by anywhere from 25 to 50 per cent.  According to the Manitoba disease survey, sunflower rust was present in 74 per cent of the surveyed fields in 2008.

For optimum performance, Headline should be applied at 0.4 L/ha prior to disease development. Growers should apply a second time 10 to 14 days later if disease persists, or if weather conditions are favourable for disease development.

“BASF continues to research and develop innovative technologies, such as Headline, for the benefit of Canadian growers,” concluded Barton. “This registration and our collaboration with the National Sunflower Association of Canada also reflect the commitment BASF has made to supporting growers of specialty crops with valuable, effective crop protection products.”

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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