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Corteva Agriscience Launches Solutions to Improve Wheat Productivity in South Africa

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New Products will help Wheat Farmers to Maintain Healthy Fields, Improve Productivity and Profitability

Johannesburg, South Africa, May 18, 2020 – Corteva Agriscience announced today that it is launching two new post emergence wheat herbicides, Quelex™ 200 WG and Tarzec™ 320 WG, that will help wheat farmers effectively manage broadleaf weeds and grasses. The herbicides will be available to wheat farmers in South Africa for winter 2020.

The two new herbicides contain a leading active ingredient, Arylex™ active, a new solution to control broadleaf weeds and grasses. The company launched the products through online presentations to farmers and the market.

"We are excited to launch these two solutions in South Africa, at a time when reliable and consistent food supply is critical,” said Tony Esmeraldo, Business Director, Corteva Agriscience. “Wheat is an important crop for local food security. We invest with farmers and consumers in mind and want to play our part to increase efforts to boost local food production.”

The two herbicides are part of the company’s cereal herbicide portfolio and will offer wheat farmers effective weed control. This is an essential component to maximize yield and maintain healthy fields, ensuring food security during these trying times. Arylex is a member of a new range of synthetic auxin broadleaf herbicides and affects the growth of weeds. The benefits of Arylex include:

• Effective postemergence control of many common and economically damaging broadleaf weeds in cereals;
• The active provides consistent weed control across variable climatic conditions (cold and dry conditions), which allows for flexibility of application;
• The low use rates result in low environmental load of the herbicide;
• Alternative mode of action to help manage resistant weed biotypes;
• Rapid degradation in soil and plant tissues allowing for crop rotation flexibility; and
• Favourable environmental and toxicological profile.

“Corteva Agriscience delivers innovative farmer first solutions to help farmers maximize every hectare, produce healthy, high-yielding and profitable cereals,” said Esmeraldo. “Arylex improves crop productivity and keeps fields healthy, allowing farmers’ crops to flourish and their business to prosper in the long term.”

The discovery and development of Arylex active was made possible by Corteva’s world-class research and development programme. The investments in people, technologies and facilities have resulted in an extensive product pipeline that farmers worldwide rely on to boost productivity and profitability. In Africa, Corteva has invested in the Africa regional technology centre in Delmas, South Africa. The tech hub includes Africa’s biggest private Insectary, critical to the development of traits to combat local yield robbing pests, some of which are unique to the continent.
This technology centre will accelerate new product development for African farmers, helping them better manage pests and crop disease, weeds, climate volatility and soil fertility.

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