Newest Crop Protection Products for 2013
There are very few completely new active ingredient crop protection products available any year, but the common practice has become that new crop protection products with the same active ingredient are available from multiple companies.
It was common a few years ago that a research and discovery company separate from a major multinational would license manufacturing and/or distribution of a new active ingredient with one company in the U.S. Now, more than one company is commonly being licensed to have access to a new active ingredient—even for use in the same crop.
The best example of this is three herbicides with the same new active ingredient pyroxasulfone as the sole or component active ingredient being marketed by three different companies—BASF, FMC and Valent. Companies also are contract sharing chemistries such as Arysta LifeScience and Cheminova with a new fungicide.
Additionally, major multinational or foreign companies either license or sell generic/off-patent chemistry to companies that specialize in selling these type of products.
A short explanation of new products focused specifically on commodity crops—corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton and rice—is provided here. The new products listed are those submitted by crop chemical companies following e-mail and/or telephone contact with the crop protection companies doing business in the U.S.
We requested only new products that contain an active ingredient not previously sold by the company; this eliminates combinations of actives previously sold by a company but in changed formulations. If a generic active ingredient distributor/manufacturer has not previously sold a specific active, then their new product is included here.
ARYSTA LIFESCIENCE AND CHEMINOVA
Fortix Fungicide, including fluoxastrobin from Arysta and flutriofol from Cheminova, is being jointly marketed. Registration for soybeans has been obtained to control numerous diseases, including frogeye leaf spot, brown spot and powdery mildew among others. Its registration for use on corn is pending for the 2013 crop season. The companies contend the fluoxastrobin provides “the fastest-acting strobiourin” and the flutriofil adds “the longest-lasting triazole.” Ground or aerial application can provide flexibility and “full-season fungicide benefits”
Fasta Insecticide contains alpha-cypermethrin new to the company’s portfolio. It is anticipated to be labeled for 2013 to be used in all the major commodity crops although soybeans and cotton are the first focus. The broad spectrum of pests that can be targeted by the product includes aphids, beetles, armyworms and stink bugs.