Fungicide approval opens U.S. to treated oats

Canadian oat growers who use Headline fungicide to treat their crops may ship oats south now that U.S. regulators have also approved the product’s use on oats.

BASF Canada, which makes Headline, announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently approved Headline’s use on oats. BASF had picked up registration for the product’s use on oats in Canada at the end of 2007, the company said.

“With the U.S. registration, Canadian oat growers can confidently export their Headline-treated oats to the U.S.,” said Wayne Barton, fungicides brand manager for BASF Canada, in a press release.

All oats exported to the U.S. must come in below the maximum residue levels (MRL) required by law, the company noted.

Headline, a Group 11 pyraclostrobin fungicide, is approved to control crown rust in oat crops at an application rate of 0.3 to 0.4 litres per hectare. It’s also approved in Canada to control certain diseases in cereals, pulses, soybeans, potatoes, grasses and other crops.

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