Jan 16, 2017
Let’s work together to meet new MRL demands

{Sponsored} New Maximum Residue Level (MRL) requirements are coming down the pipe for potato export countries across the globe. Potato growers know they need to pay attention to these guidelines, so BASF is paying attention too.

“BASF recognizes that the ability to export their commodity is very important to potato growers,” said Molly Miller, MRL and import tolerance strategist. “We have been focusing more on obtaining Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs), also called Tolerances in the U.S., in every country where there are import tolerance processes and it is feasible to do so.”

“BASF works to ensure that MRLs are set in every market, as quickly as possible, to support growers.” Not all countries have a way to establish import MRLs, and the ones that do take between 12 months and 36 months to do so.

If used correctly, BASF’s Grow Smart® potato portfolio can fend off pest and disease issues while allowing you to meet MRLs in key markets across the world.

Priaxor® fungicide, part of BASF’s robust potato portfolio, has two active ingredients: fluxapyroxad and pyraclostrobin. MRLs are established in key potato export markets for both of these active ingredients.

“We recommend that growers consider testing their commodity to confirm that residue levels comply with the MRL prior to export, especially in instances where MRLs are lower in the export market,” Miller said. “Because these standards may change for any reason, growers and exporters are advised to check a reliable source, such as GlobalMRL.com, or country specific regulations, prior to export of their commodity to ensure compliance.” When in doubt, you may choose to send a sample of your potatoes for analysis to confirm residue levels are within established MRLs before you ship.

BASF’s goal is to help growers get the most out of every acre, whether they export their potatoes or sell them domestically.

Priaxor is a dual-mode of action solution that provides more consistent and longer lasting disease control on Rhizoctonia, black dot, and early blight. The fungicide also provides plant health benefits that result in excellent potato quality and yield.

“We advocate that growers use Priaxor as part of their planned and comprehensive disease management program,” said Tye Shauck, technical service representative at BASF. “It helps to ensure that growers achieve the best agronomic outcomes.”

Growers can learn more about Priaxor by visiting www.GrowSmartPotatoes.com, or by contacting their local BASF representative.

Always read and follow label directions. Priaxor and Grow Smart are registered trademark of BASF.

C. 2017 BASF Corporation

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