EPA Approves Plant Health Label for Fungicide

Headline is first fungicide to be granted that approval.

Published on: Jan 29, 2009

On Jan. 29, BASF announced that Headline fungicide is the first fungicide to have EPA approved Plant Health claims on its label. State approvals are currently pending.

"We believe this is a new precedent for the agricultural community," said Nevin McDougall, Group Vice President, North America, BASF. "Agriculture must rely on innovative products such as Headline to meet the increasing global demand for food and fuel, in the face of decreasing availability of land. BASF is proud to be a leader in crop protection innovation."

BASF claims Headline is the most researched fungicide on the market, with more than 7,000 farm trials conducted on well over a million acres in the past seven years. In these trials, Headline has shown it may increase yield advantage by 12-16 bushels/acre in corn, 4-8 bushels/acre in soybeans, 65 lbs/lint acre in cotton, and 6-10 bushels/acre in wheat.

"The research behind this registration underscores the commitment of BASF to helping growers get the most out of every acre by supporting the Plant Health benefits of Headline," said Rick Chamblee, PhD, Technical Service Manager with BASF.

According to the company, Headline improves plant health by acting on three unique areas of the plant's growth. These plant health benefits are improved growth efficiency, excellent disease control, and enhanced tolerance to stress conditions such as drought, heat, cold temperatures and ozone damage.

Headline is registered for use on more than 90 crops to control over 50 diseases. For more information about Headline and other BASF crop protection products, visit, www.agproducts.basf.com.