In its continuing drive to provide Asian soybean rust solutions to U.S. soybean growers, and as part of its strategy to build a sustainable soybean fungicide business, BASF has signed a supply agreement with Kureha Chemical Industry Co., Limited, Japan, for metconazole fungicide. Once it clears the regulatory process and is registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, metconazole will be a completely new active ingredient for U.S. growers.

According to Bill Wisdom, group vice president, North America, Agricultural Products, "This agreement continues the strong relationship between BASF and Kureha in the global fungicide market. We see Kureha being a long-term strategic partner for BASF in this key market."

Metconazole, although new to the United States, is currently marketed in other parts of the world. BASF sells metconazole under the brand names Caramba(R) and Caramba Star(R) in Europe and South America for cereals and canola, has other crops pending approval.

Source: Company Release