Headline fungicide from BASF now registered for cotton

Helps improve Plant Health by controlling diseases at critical times during cotton development

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC October 2 2007 - Cotton growers now have access to America's leading foliar fungicide to control key yield-robbing diseases and boost Plant Health in their cotton acres with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration of Headline® fungicide from BASF.

Noting that cotton is a significant crop in American agriculture, BASF market manager Jerry Minore said, "We're pleased to be introducing an innovation to the cotton market. This registration significantly strengthens the portfolio of solutions BASF offers to cotton growers. Growers can now rely on Headline in addition to Pentia® plant regulator and Prowl® H2O herbicide from BASF to get the most out of every cotton acre."

One of the key advantages of a foliar application of Headline in cotton is the protection it provides against diseases so cotton plants are not stressed during the peak production period. "This improves Plant Health at the most critical time in the cotton plant's growth stage which helps deliver improved yield potential," said Scott Asher, BASF technical services manager.

"Many successful growers have counted on Headline fungicide in their corn and soybean acres for the past few years to control diseases and improve yield potential," said Asher. "We anticipate growers will welcome this Headline registration in cotton."

Since the application timing for Headline will be similar to the timing for an insecticide and/or Pentia spray, Asher said Headline could be tank-mixed with these products to make applications more efficient across the cotton fields. Headline may be applied by ground sprayer, aerial equipment or through sprinkler irrigation systems.

Target cotton diseases indicated on the label include foliar and boll rot diseases such as Alternaria leaf spot, anthracnose, Ascochyta blight, Cercospora blight and leaf spot, Diplodia boll rot, hard lock, Phoma blight, rust and Stemphyllium leaf spot. Seedling diseases Rhizoctonia and Pythium are also on the label with the recommendation of an in-furrow application.

For more information about Headline fungicide and other BASF crop protection products, visit www.agproducts.basf.com

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With sales of €3,079 million in 2006, BASF's Agricultural Products 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 Agricultural Products 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.

BASF Corporation, headquartered in New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF employs more than 15,500 in North America and had sales of approximately $14.3 billion in 2006. For more information about BASF's North American operations, or to sign up to receive news releases by e-mail, visit www.basf.com/usa. BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. As a reliable partner to virtually all industries, BASF's high-value products and intelligent system solutions help its customers to be more successful. BASF develops new technologies and uses them to meet the challenges of the future and open up additional market opportunities. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, thus contributing to a better future. BASF has approximately 95,000 employees and posted sales of €52.6 billion (approximately $66.1 billion) in 2006. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

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