Topguard, a fungicide with both curative and preventive activity against soybean rust (Phakopsora pachyrhizi), has been granted additional Section 18 emergency exemptions for control of that disease, and will now be available in most soybean-producing states.

“With the recent granting of even more Section 18 emergency exemptions in Louisiana, South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Delaware and Virginia, most soybean producers will be able to use this effective tool against soybean rust when the need arises,” says Jim Barrentine, technical services director for Cheminova, Inc.

“Flutriafol, the active ingredient in Topguard, has been used extensively and successfully in Brazil and other countries where soybean rust is a problem,” says Barrentine. “Because Topguard has a history of proven performance against soybean rust, we believe U.S. growers will find Topguard to be one of the most effective fungicides available for treatment whenever soybean rust hits in states with Section 18 emergency use exemptions.”

Terry Baker, Cheminova's business development director, says the product's “outstanding control of soybean rust is why U.S. growers will prefer Topguard. It's very effective against this potentially devastating soybean disease. And with both curative and preventive activity, growers have a dual-action approach for protecting soybean yields, either prior to, or at the onset of infection.”

Baker says Topguard exhibits excellent systemic activity plus one of the longest residual disease control timeframes of the fungicides currently available. “It also offers outstanding soybean selectivity,” he says.

Topguard does not have Section 18 emergency exemptions for all soybean-producing states. To learn more about Topguard, find retail dealers from whom Topguard is available, and to see which states have Section 18 emergency exemptions, visit www.cheminova.us.com.