US exemption for BASF's Xemium on rice
The US EPA has granted an emergency exemption to allow farmers in Louisiana to use BASF’s fungicide, fluxapyroxad (trade-marked as Xemium), on rice to control sheath blight ( Rhizoctonia solani) that has developed resistance to other fungicides. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry requested an exemption covering up to 40,000 acres (16,188 ha – Agrow No 637, p 15). BASF plans to market fluxapyroxad on rice as Sercadis. The company has received US approval for the fluxapyroxad-based products, Merivon and Priaxor, for use on fruit and various field crops (see this issue).