Brazilian farmers will have a new weapon in their battle against Asian soybean rust after the Agriculture Ministry approved BASF's Orkestra SC fungicide.
It is the first time a carboxamide-based fungicide has been approved in Brazil, where until now farmers have been using strobilurin-based fungicides to control rust.
BASF claims the fungicide, which has already been approved in 30 countries, will increase yields.
Asian rust, or Phakopsora pachyrhizi, is one of the principle threats to the Brazilian soybean harvest, which promises to be the world's biggest this season.
Farmers in the Cerrado region currently apply strobilurin-based fungicides up to five ...