WILMINGTON, Del. -- DuPont announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted a section 18 quarantine exemption for the use of DuPont Punch(TM) fungicide to control Asian soybean rust on soybeans in Minnesota and South Dakota.

These are the first two states to receive approval; 17 other states have also requested a section 18 emergency exemption for Punch(TM).

"Soybean rust is highly destructive. Punch(TM) gives U.S. soybean farmers a significant new tool in producing cost-effective soybean crops," said James C. Collins, Jr., vice president and general manager-DuPont Crop Protection.

"Its curative and preventive characteristics are consistent with our longstanding objective of delivering environmentally sustainable solutions to customers."

Punch(TM) contains the active ingredient flusilazole, a triazole registered in 40 countries.

Over the past several years, soybean growers in South America have benefited from its superior control, which helped improve yields, and its excellent crop safety characteristics.

Punch(TM) rapidly penetrates leaves, protecting against new infections and stopping existing infections before they can spread.

Continuous disease protection is provided for up to three weeks. Punch(TM) can be used alone or in tank mixtures with strobilurin products.

Punch(TM) is not registered for sale or use in the United States and may only be used in accordance with the specific provisions, restrictions, and limitations in the section 18 label in approved states.