Two new fungicides from BASF recently received registration from the Environmental Protection Agency for use on cereals, providing growers with broad-spectrum activity on rust, head scab and other major cereal diseases.

Caramba fungicide provides activity against head scab. The second BASF fungicide is a pre-mix product containing the active ingredients pyraclostrobin (the active ingredient in Headline fungicide) and metconazole.

State registrations or specific crop and or pest uses may still be pending in certain states.

Containing the active ingredient metconazole, Caramba provides activity against head scab, one of the most destructive wheat diseases that, if left uncontrolled, can cause tremendous losses by reducing grain yield and quality.

“Already available in Europe and South America, Caramba is the worldwide leading product for head scab and is now available to United States growers as a solo product and as a pre-mix with the world's strongest strobilurin, pyraclostrobin,” said Jerry Minore, senior market manager, fungicides, for BASF.

Caramba will be available for immediate use, pending state registrations.

The pre-mix fungicide, when applied at flag leaf, offers cereal growers control of destructive cereal diseases while improving plant health — increased growth efficiency, improved stress tolerance and harvestability.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to provide superior products that are backed by quality research, including Headline, BASF has conducted wheat field trials with the pre-mix fungicide; and this year BASF is supporting a large-scale demonstration plot project in wheat,” said Amber Shirley, technical service specialist for BASF.

“Growers will be able to see first hand on their own farms how the fungicide protects wheat from diseases and provides plant health benefits. The plots, in addition to continuing research efforts by BASF, allow BASF to provide growers with the best recommendations on how to use fungicides with confidence to protect crops and increase yields.”

For more information about Caramba, the pre-mix fungicide and other BASF crop protection products, visit www.agproducts.basf.com.