Two new fungicides from BASF recently received registration from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use on cereals, providing growers with broad-spectrum activity on rust, head scab and other major cereal diseases. Caramba fungicide, the first fungicide registered, provides activity against head scab. The second fungicide registered for use by the EPA is a premix fungicide product containing the active ingredients pyraclostrobin, the same active ingredient in Headline fungicide, and metconazole. With the addition of Caramba and the premix fungicide, BASF continues to strengthen its portfolio of wheat fungicides. State registrations or specific crop and or pest uses may still be pending in certain states.

Caramba fungicide registered for use on wheat head scab
A highly-effective fungicide containing the active ingredient metconazole, Caramba provides excellent activity against head scab, one of the most destructive wheat diseases that, if left uncontrolled, can cause tremendous losses by reducing grain yield and quality.

"Already available in Europe and South America, Caramba is the worldwide leading product for head scab and is now available to United States growers as a solo product and as a premix with the world's strongest strobilurin, pyraclostrobin," said Jerry Minore, Senior Market Manager, fungicides, for BASF. Headline also contains the active ingredient pyraclostrobin. Caramba will be available for immediate use, pending state registrations.

Powerful premix fungicide registered for use on cereals
The premix fungicide combines the active ingredients pyraclostrobin and metconazole. With two powerful modes of action and curative activity, the premix fungicide provides broad-spectrum activity against rust and other major cereal diseases.

Combining two robust active ingredients into one, the easy-to-use premix formulation when applied at flag leaf, offers cereal growers unsurpassed control of destructive cereal diseases while improving Plant Health - increased growth efficiency, improved stress tolerance and harvestability.

"As part of our ongoing commitment to provide superior products that are backed by quality research, including Headline, BASF has conducted wheat field trials with the premix fungicide; and this year BASF is supporting a large-scale demonstration plot project in wheat," said Amber Shirley, Ph.D., Technical Service Specialist for BASF. "Growers will be able to see first hand on their own farms how the fungicide protects wheat from diseases and provides Plant Health benefits. These plots, in addition to continuing research efforts by BASF, allow BASF to provide growers with the best recommendations on how to use fungicides with confidence to protect crops and increase yields."

Caramba and the premix fungicide strengthen BASF's current wheat fungicide portfolio, which now includes Headline, Caramba and the premix fungicide. With a broad portfolio of fungicides for every cereal fungicide need, BASF continues to provide growers with the tools needed to help growers get the most out of every acre.