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Posted 16 May 2008. PMN Crop News.

BASF Launches Innovative Ornamentals Fungicide And Herbicide at Its Industry Media Summit

Broad-spectrum Pageant fungicide helps greenhouse growers control more diseases than any other fungicide; FreeHand herbicide saves manual weeding costs


Washington, D.C. ( May 13, 2008) BASF Turf & Ornamentals today announced at its Crop Protection media summit the launch of Pageant™ fungicide, the ornamentals industry’s broadest-spectrum fungicide, and FreeHand™ 1.75G herbicide featuring an innovative formulation of dimethenamid-P and pendimethalin.

Combining newly registered active ingredient, boscalid, to the ornamentals market and pyraclostrobin (the active ingredient in Insignia® fungicide), Pageant fungicide helps growers control more diseases with one application than any other registered fungicide. FreeHand herbicide is a preemergence herbicide and combines a granular formulation of dimethenamid-P with pendimethalin for time-saving weed control in ornamentals, landscape and grounds maintenance applications.

“Growers everywhere are seeking competitive advantages, including those that help control input costs and boost profit margins,” said Toni Bucci, Business Manager, BASF Turf & Ornamentals. “With Pageant fungicide, growers are able to do more with one disease control application to positively impact their bottom line. FreeHand herbicide gives growers a powerful, cost-effective alternative to manual weeding.”

As the broadest spectrum foliar fungicide for ornamental plants on the market, Pageant fungicide has activity on all four classes of fungi and provides excellent control against pythopthora and downy mildew diseases. This fast-acting formula starts working within minutes of application.

Pageant fungicide is labeled for use in greenhouses, lathhouses and shadehouses, containers, outdoor nurseries, retail nurseries, forest and conifer nurseries and plantations, golf courses, residential and commercial landscapes and interiorscapes.

FreeHand herbicide is labeled for use in ornamentals, landscape and grounds maintenance and other specified non-crop areas.

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