BASF and FMC help rice growers manage tough weeds

December 10, 2012

Command® herbicide recommended for use on the Clearfield® Production System for rice

CORONADO, CA, December 10, 2012 -- Today, during the 2012 Rice Outlook Conference, BASF Crop Protection and FMC Corporation announced that Command® herbicide is now recommended for use in the Clearfield® Production System for rice. Command herbicide adds value to growers by controlling tough grasses in rice production, which can rob growers of yield.  

“BASF is excited to partner with FMC to offer solutions to growers by expanding the offerings for the Clearfield Production System,” said Nocha Van Thielen, Rice Market Manager, BASF. “The Clearfield Production System is a proven technology rice growers have trusted for more than a decade to control tough weeds in rice.”

Weed management in rice has become more challenging as weed species are developing resistance to existing herbicides.

“Command herbicide provides Clearfield growers with a different mode of action to control difficult grasses, such as barnyardgrass, that threaten profits and return on investment,” said Stu Throop, Product Manager - Herbicides at FMC Corporation.

Barnyardgrass is a competitive weed in Southern rice that poses a major threat to Clearfield growers, especially with the rise in resistant strains. Experts agree that a comprehensive weed management system that includes early weed control and the use of multiple herbicide modes of action are vital to managing resistance concerns.

“BASF offers a number of stewardship strategies for growers to help protect their fields from resistance. One of these strategies is rotating chemistries, and Command herbicide will give growers another strong rotation option,” said Alvin Rhodes, Technical Service Representative, BASF. “Applying Command herbicide preemergent, followed by Newpath® herbicide post-emergent, greatly improves grass control in Clearfield rice, reducing the likelihood of resistance and helping protect yields.”

BASF is committed to making sure customers have the dedicated resources they need to take full advantage of the Clearfield Production System for rice. For more information about the Clearfield Production System for rice and the addition of Command herbicide, 
visit http://www.agproducts.basf.us/products/clearfield-rice.html.

For more information on BASF Crop Protection products, visit http://agproducts.basf.us, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For more information on FMC products, go to FMCcrop.com.

About BASF’s Crop Protection division

With sales of € 4.1 billion in 2011, 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 or follow us on twitter: www.twitter.com/basfagro.

BASF – The Chemical Company

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $20 billion in 2011. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.us.

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted sales of about €73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

About FMC Corporation

FMC Corporation is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial, environmen-tal and consumer markets globally for more than a century with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. In 2011, FMC had annual sales of approximately $3.4 billion. The company employs approximately 5,500 people throughout the world, and operates its businesses in three segments: Agricultural Products, Specialty Chemicals and Industrial Chemicals. For more information, visit www.FMC.com

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