Greensboro, North Carolina
March 30, 2005
Protection today 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.
powerful preventive and curative activity by pairing the active
ingredients in two trusted Syngenta fungicides, Quadris®
(azoxystrobin) and Tilt® (propiconazole). Similar combinations
are used extensively in Brazil by growers managing soybean rust,
noted Valdemar Fischer, President of Syngenta Crop Protection,
be a powerful tool in the soybean growers' arsenal as we face
this first season with Asian soybean rust on U.S. shores," said
Fischer. "As we have seen in Brazil, which last year produced
its biggest soybean crop ever during a severe rust outbreak, the
disease can be managed through effective management and tools."
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®, which
provides growers throughout Brazil early warning alerts to the
presence of disease in their area.
information on control of soybean rust can be found at
http://www.soybeanrust.com. The site also features an array
of management tools and current information and offers growers
opportunities to communicate directly with plant pathologists
about the soybean rust.
Syngenta is a
world-leading agribusiness committed to sustainable agriculture
through innovative research and technology. The company is a
leader in crop protection, and ranks third in the high-value
commercial seeds market. Sales in 2004 were approximately $7.3
billion. Syngenta employs some 19,000 people in over 90
countries. Syngenta is listed on the Swiss stock exchange (SYNN)
and in New York (NYSE: SYT).
on behalf of several states have been submitted to include Quilt
on EPA's approved Section 18 list for control of Asian rust on
soybeans. The following states have requested a Quilt Section 18
Quarantine Exemption from EPA: AR, CO, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS,
KY, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SD, TN,
TX, VA, WI AND WV. As of this release, EPA has granted section
18 approval for use on soybean rust in Minnesota. Check with
your state prior to using or recommending Quilt for control of
Asian rust on soybeans.
Always read and follow instructions.
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of a Syngenta Group Company.