Xanthion In-furrow fungicide from BASF received Environmental Protection Agency registration for use on corn. Xanthion In-furrow fungicide will provide corn growers with an additional tool to protect their seed investment and maximize yield potential in the 2015 season. Orders are currently being taken.

“Xanthion In-furrow fungicide is a new tool to help growers start their season off strong,” said Justin Clark, technical market specialist, BASF. “Different than other early-season crop management treatments, Xanthion In-furrow fungicide provides extended residual control by forming a protective sheath around the roots. This can lead to healthier plants later in the season.”

Xanthion In-furrow fungicide is the first fungicide on the market to combine a chemical fungicide and a biofungicide. This combination fungicide, which contains the same active ingredients as in Headline fungicide and Integral biofungicide, provides two modes of action to protect growers’ seed investment by improving seedling health.

Integral biofungicide extends suppression of yield-robbing fungal diseases; it complements other systemic fungicides to help promote better root structure and vigor, and more vigorous roots mean improved nutrient uptake for added yield potential.

Field research trials show Xanthion In-furrow fungicide provides more rapid emergence, extended residual control and improved seedling health than untreated crops. In research trials, corn plants treated with the fungicide increased emergence by 5.2 percent compared to the untreated check.

In addition to rapid and uniform emergence, this combination in-furrow fungicide helps control soilborne diseases and provides improved cold tolerance, promoting seedling health. Improved seedling health allows for increased nutrient and water uptake, maximizing yield potential.

Clark said, “A successful harvest begins with a strong foundation at planting.”