Plant Health Care, MANA announce technology agreement

• In 2012, MANA and PHC will test market combinations of PHC's yield-enhancing Harpin protein technology with MANA's Bumper and Incognito foliar fungicides.

Plant Health Care, a leading provider of naturally derived products to the agriculture industry, announces it has signed an agreement with MANA Crop Protection (MANA), to combine PHC's dry formulated Harpin protein technology for use as a foliar spray in corn, soybeans, and dry beans with select MANA technologies in the USA.

In 2012, MANA and PHC will test market combinations of PHC's yield-enhancing Harpin protein technology with MANA's Bumper and Incognito foliar fungicides. This program follows the same model that will result in an estimated three million acres of soybeans being treated with Harpin seed treatment in 2012.

Financial terms of the agreement are confidential.

In direct comparison across multiple, commercial-scale farm trials that were set-up and managed by the Iowa Soybean Association's On-Farm Network in 2011, a harpin-propiconazole combination produced higher average yields than the market-leading strobilurin-based fungicides.

These foliar Harpin/fungicide on-farm trials are consistent with 3 years of PHC-managed replicated evaluations in which Harpin recorded higher yields and a higher percentage of wins than the non-Harpin treated comparison blocks.

According to John Brady, CEO, PHC, "We're very excited to work with a company of the caliber of MANA Crop Protection. The three years of field results achieved in corn with Harpin plus fungicides led to our test marketing agreement with MANA, and validates our beliefs that Harpin can be used effectively to improve the performance of foliar fungicides in these crops.

“Makhteshim Agan Industries, MANA's parent company, is the largest manufacturer and seller of post-patent crop protection chemicals in the world and we are discussing additional opportunities and crop segments to combine MANA technologies, such as the fungicide thiophanate methyl, with our Harpin technology.

"MANA Crop Protection's leading goal is to provide producers with high-value, innovative products that improve their bottom line while encouraging them to adopt technologies that manage resistance," said Keith Miller, MANA's Innovation Product Leader. "Webelieve PHC's Harpin, in combination with proven fungicides like Bumper or Incognito, will meet both objectives."

Additional information is available at: http://www.planthealthcare.com.

 

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