BASF announces cotton seed treatment agreement

BASF has announced a supply agreement with Monsanto for a new fungicide seed treatment for cotton in the United States. The new product contains F500, the same active ingredient found in Headline fungicide, BASF’s top-selling Plant Health fungicide, and will be part of Monsanto’s Acceleron Seed Treatment combination. Additional details of the agreement were not disclosed.

This new seed treatment will provide cotton growers with the opportunity to give seedlings a stronger start and a higher yield potential by controlling diseases, such as those caused by Rhizoctonia solani.

“BASF scientists are focused on bringing new active ingredients with proven disease control and other early-growth benefits to seed partners and ultimately to the grower,” said Nevin McDougall, group vice-president, North America Crop Protection division, BASF. “We know that early season crop development is a major factor to yield success.”

BASF is expanding its portfolio of seed treatment offerings with the launch of F500-containing products like Stamina fungicide seed treatment, which is marketed for corn, sweet corn, wheat, barley, legumes, and rye. Several additional new seed treatments will be launched this year, and in 2010.

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