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Headline registration promises yield increase for canola growers


Growers in Western Canada now have the opportunity to maximize their canola returns

Mississauga, ON, June 2, 2011 – Growers in Western Canada now have the opportunity to maximize their canola returns. BASF has received registration from the Pest Management Regulatory Agency to expand the use of Headline®, its innovative broad-spectrum fungicide, to include canola.


“Headline is the only fungicide that provides excellent disease control as well as the plant health benefits of AgCelence®,” says Mark Kuchuran, Brand Manager, Fungicides for BASF Canada. “When plants are not challenged by disease, they are able to grow more efficiently and tolerate short periods of cold, heat and drought. This has certainly been the case across a broad range of crops and over many years with the use of Headline.”


From 2006 to 2010, BASF conducted more than 15 trials using Headline on canola. When Headline was applied with a herbicide at the two to six leaf growing stage, the yield increase ranged from three to four bu/acre, with an average increase of 3.7 bu/acre. Crops were hardier, more stress tolerant with higher quality and better yields.


To protect against early season blackleg infestations, Headline should be used preventively. It can be tank-mixed with all canola herbicide systems and applied before the appearance of blackleg disease symptoms. This will allow the canola to have good establishment and reach its maximum yield.


Headline is also the ideal complement to sclerotinia protection. “An early season application of Headline to control blackleg, followed by an application of LANCE® at the 20 to 50 per cent bloom stage to control sclerotinia, will provide the best possible protection against two key diseases in canola,” according to Glen Forster, Technical Specialist for BASF Canada, “A healthier canola crop results in maximized yield and quality for growers.”


More Headline product information is available at www.agsolutions.ca/headline.


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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