The copper fungicides Kocide 2000, Kocide 3000 and ManKocide are now available to growers in the U.S. exclusively from Certis USA. These Kocide products from DuPont were recently acquired by Kocide LLC, a newly established wholly owned subsidiary of Japan-based Mitsui & Co. and a sister company to Certis USA.

Kocide fungicides will continue to be produced in the current production facility in Houston, Texas and will be widely available to local dealers and growers from various Certis-established warehouses throughout the U.S., including a new third-party warehouse relationship that has been established in Lima, Ohio to service the Great Lakes region. Distributors, retailers and growers can expect to see high levels of service and support from Certis USA, as well as a renewed commitment to these popular disease-control products that have been key components in American crop production for more than 40 years.

Certis USA’s Dennis Long, product manager of the Kocide products, said, “To produce specialty high-value crops today, growers require inputs that give them flexibility in selection and use. That flexibility allows them to competitively produce, harvest and market their crops here or as exports. In the U.S. copper fungicides are the backbone of fungal and bacterial disease management programs. In our product offering, Certis USA has a low-load copper fungicide product, Cueva. Now with the addition of the two Kocide products and ManKocide, we have the optimum selection of copper fungicides.”

Long said copper fungicides are considered “naturally occurring” or “organic” solutions for crop protection. “The Kocide copper products compliment Certis USA’s already expansive line of biopesticides and other biorational products. Trusted brand names like Kocide allow Certis USA to further expand its footprint into the U.S. specialty crop protection market,” Long said.