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Time to apply Caramba fungicide from BASF for excellent head scab suppression

BASF recommends proactive application of Caramba to prevent destructive head scab disease in wheat RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, May 29, 2009 ­ As the warm weather approaches, and conditions become favorable for head scab, BASF experts recommend monitoring conditions and use of a fungicide to suppress head scab. "Significant rain and high humidity as the wheat begins to flower favors head scab development," said Amber Shirley, Ph.D., Senior Technical Specialist, BASF. "Growers need to scout fields for the exact growth stage of their wheat and monitor local risk for head scab to ensure timely applications of CarambaTM fungicide." Head scab is one of the most destructive wheat diseases that growers face, making grain unmarketable, reducing yield and test weight and increasing levels of deoxynivalenol (DON). "You want to keep the spikelets and wheat healthy and green," said Dr. Shirley. "BASF recommends the use of Caramba this season to suppress head scab and protect your crop." Caramba is a highly effective fungicide containing the active ingredient metconazole, resulting in significant yield protection and reductions of DON levels in grain. It delivers excellent head scab suppression and provides control of late-season foliar diseases. "Wheat growers using Caramba in 2008 saw an eight to eleven bushel per acre advantage and significant reduction in levels of DON," said Dr. Shirley. "Caramba has the next-generation active ingredient to help bring in a cleaner, bigger wheat harvest." Caramba is applied at the beginning of flowering for optimum suppression and is labeled for use on barley, oats, rye, sugarbeets, triticale and wheat. Additional diseases controlled by Caramba include: black point, leaf blotch, net blotch, powdery mildew, rust, scald, Septoria leaf, glume blotch, spot bloch and tan spot. Caramba complements a strong wheat fungicide portfolio that includes Headline® fungicide, TwinLineTM fungicide, Charter® fungicide seed treatment and StaminaTM fungicide seed treatment. "The BASF wheat fungicide portfolio gives growers the tools they need to help protect their crops from a variety of diseases and maximize yield," said Dr. Shirley. For more information about Caramba and other BASF crop protection products, visit www.agproducts.basf.us

For more information contact: Pat Morrow BASF Corporation Tel: (919) 547-2631 E-mail: [email protected] Sandi Wilson BASF Corporation Tel: (919) 547-2194 E-mail: [email protected]

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With sales of 3.4 billion in 2008, BASF's Crop Protection division is a leader in crop protection and a strong partner to the farming industry providing well-established and innovative fungicides, insecticides and herbicides. Farmers use these products and services to improve crop yields and crop quality. Other uses include public health, structural/urban pest control, turf and ornamental plants, vegetation management, and forestry. BASF aims to turn knowledge rapidly into market success. The vision of BASF's Crop Protection division is to be the world's leading innovator, optimizing agricultural production, improving nutrition, and thus enhancing the quality of life for a growing world population. Further information can be found on the web at www.agro.basf.com. BASF - The Chemical Company. We don't make a lot of the products you buy. We make a lot of the products you buy better.® BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 15,000 employees in North America, and had sales of approximately $17.5 billion in 2008. For more information about BASF's North American operations, or to sign up to receive news releases by e-mail, visit www.basf.com/usa. BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals, as well as oil and gas. As a reliable partner, BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges, such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF has approximately 97,000 employees and posted sales of more than 62 billion in 2008. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com. Always read and follow label directions. Caramba, Stamina and TwinLine are trademarks of BASF. Charter and Headline are registered trademarks of BASF. ©2009 BASF Corporation. All Rights Reserved. APN 09-01-267-0004

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