Syngenta Crop Protection has announced that the U.S. EPA has issued a Section 18 emergency exemption for the use of Quilt(TM) fungicide in soybeans to control soybean rust. The Section 18 exemptions for Quilt allow growers to apply the fungicide to control soybean rust in Minnesota, the first of 28 states to receive approval after requesting a Section 18 Quarantine Exemption from EPA.

Quilt teams preventive and curative activity by pairing the active ingredients in two Syngenta fungicides, Quadris(R) (azoxystrobin) and Tilt(R) (propiconazole). Similar combinations are used extensively in Brazil by growers managing soybean rust, noted Valdemar Fischer, president of Syngenta Crop Protection, North America.

In Latin America, including Brazil as one of Syngenta's major markets, Syngenta has worked through an extensive range of programs since 2002 to help farmers combat soybean rust there. These programs include cooperative engagements with local universities and research institutions as well as the implementation of a proprietary, Web-based diagnostic system Syntinela(R), which provides growers throughout Brazil early warning alerts to the presence of disease in their area.

Source: Company Release