Aug. 22, 2017
BASF officially launched the fungicide Versatilis (Fenpropimorph) for the resistance management of Asian Rust in Brazil.
Present in the country for 14 years, the disease is one of the most severe in the soybean crop and generates crop losses of up to 80% if it is not controlled correctly. An aggravating factor is that the products that currently exist in the country are lowering its level of efficiency considerably.
The registration was obtained this year and the product is available for the next soybean season. The announcement was made during the 11th edition of Top Ciência, one of the main summits on the development of sustainable solutions in the agricultural market in Campinas, state of São Paulo.
“BASF again innovates, offering a solution for soybeans with a new active principle belonging to the group of morpholines. The Versatilis fungicide acts during the germination stage of the fungus and arrives in the market to be used in association with other existent fungicides, potentiating the performance of these products at control of the Asian Rust and helping at the resistance management,” affirmed Elias Guidini, market manager for the soybean crop at BASF in Brazil.
Versatilis offers flexibility in the application during different stages of the soybean crop, besides bringing a yield growth for the crops. In over 25,000 hectares of research confirmation, the use of Versatilis in association with other BASF’s portfolio products generated an increase of 120 kilograms for the 2016-2017 season, compared with the standard of the farms, where testing was done.
In order to potentiate the result of the crops, BASF recommended that the farmers reinforce all the strategies of integrated management, ensuring the sustainability of the business. “It is very important to take into consideration an adequate window for planting, sowing the earliest possible as an alternative to the escape of fungi, eliminating voluntary soybeans in the off-season, using varieties with a shorter cycle and using efficient products, extracting the maximum out of the production potential of soybeans,” said Valtemir Carlin from Agrodinâmica Agricultural Research and Consultancy.