BASF, Monsanto Match Treatment To Beans

BASF SE and Monsanto Co. have signed an exclusive agreement that will give your soybean growers a new fungicide seed treatment solution.

The new product contains BASF’s top-selling fungicide F 500, the same active ingredient found in Headline fungicide with its disease control and plant health benefits. The treatment, which is expected to be commercialized in conjunction with the launch of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean seed offering, will provide U.S. soybean growers with early-season disease protection which results in improved stand and extra vitality.

"We’re pleased to be partnering with BASF to deliver new seed-based technology to soybean farmers," says Carl Casale, executive vice president for Monsanto in a press release. "We feel the product will be the best seed treatment fungicide available to complement our new Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean offering. In today’s demand-driven agriculture landscape, seed treatments are a natural fit in maximizing the realizable yield from seed and traits that are so important to farmers."

"We’re happy that U.S. soybean growers will have access to this exciting new product from our SeedSolutions pipeline in the 2009 growing season," says Markus Heldt, head of BASF’s Crop Protection business in North America. "This fungicide seed treatment is the first in this new generation of BASF seed treatment products that the company plans to launch globally over the next couple of years, and it is the perfect complement to Headline fungicide to get seedlings off to a strong start."

Under the agreement, Monsanto will have exclusive rights to commercialize the new fungicide seed treatment in soybeans. Additional details of the agreement were not disclosed.

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