FMC Partners With Wilbur-Ellis To Launch Herbicides

FMC Corporation has announced its partnership with Wilbur-Ellis Company to commercialize Portfolio 75 DF and Crossing 75 DF, new herbicides with registration received from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use to control many weeds and maintain bare ground on railroad rights-of-way (Crossing 75 DF), as well as on highway, roadside, industrial areas, fence rows and other non-crop sites (Portfolio 75 DF). Both products are dry flowable formulations containing 75 percent of the active ingredient sulfentrazone, representing a new class of residual chemistry for the industrial vegetation management (IVM) market.

Portfolio 75 DF provides long-season residual control of certain broadleaf and sedge species of weeds, including Russian thistle, kochia, pigweeds, mustards and wild lettuce. "Since sulfentrazone is a PPO-inhibiting herbicide, it is effective at controlling those resistant strains which have developed as a result of repeated use over many years with herbicides that target the ALS Enzyme system or other key physiological functions of the plant," said Don Claus, director, Specialty Products Business of FMC

Portfolio 75 DF and Crossing 75 DF are the first examples of FMC's strategy to commercialize new products that leverage proven FMC chemistries and adapt their application from one segment to others. The active ingredient in the new herbicide, sulfentrazone, was discovered by FMC and is registered in the United States on soybeans, tobacco and other crops. Portfolio 75 DF and Crossing 75 DF can be applied as tank mix partners in the late summer, fall or early spring with adequate rainfall available.

The company's Specialty Products Business (SPB) first announced this component of their overall business strategy in October at the annual PestWorld '04 convention and exposition sponsored by the National Pest Management Association

FMC and Wilbur-Ellis have agreed to partner together to distribute sulfentrazone to the industrial vegetation market in twelve Western states.

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