It’s also a great opportunity for FMC to talk about products in the pipeline to support the future of farming, such as bixafen, a new pyrazole carboxamide fungicide that belongs to a new generation of succinate dehydrogenase inhibitors (SDHI). “Bixafen is a very strong product that is highly effective on rust,” said FMC Product Development Manager Dr. Terry Mize. “We’ve tested it in cereals, corn and soybeans with excellent results and we are very excited that in 2-3 years we hope to have a brand new fungicide for the marketplace.”
FMC recently began the registration process for Bixafen after acquiring exclusive rights from Bayer CropScience to develop and distribute the new product for row crops in the United States and Canada. “It’s very important to have as many modes of action as possible … so Bixafen just adds to the arsenal to allow rotation of chemistries,” said Mize. FMC has greatly expanded its fungicide offerings in recent years for row crops and specialty crops, such as Fracture for tomatoes, strawberries, grapes and almonds.
FMC plans to submit registrations for several other new, proprietary crop protection active ingredients in the next three years. Learn more in this interview: [wpaudio url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zimmcomm/nafb-16-fmc-mize-bixafen.mp3″ text=”Interview with Terry Mize, Bixafen”]