In Brazil, which accounts for over 50 percent of global sugar cane production, our Crop Protection portfolio is already delivering broad benefits to growers.
The insecticide ACTARA® is used to control sucking and chewing pests, and delivers an additional vigor effect that results in a 10 percent yield advantage. The plant growth regulator MODDUS® allows growers to control the timing of the harvest to achieve maximum sugar yield; it also enhances root development in the growing cane, making uptake of water and nutrients more efficient.
In 2010, we launched ENGEO®, a chemical solution for termite control. Unlike existing products on the market, ENGEO® does not persist in the environment or harm beneficial termites that break down cane residues after harvesting. PRIORI XTRA®, a fungicide widely used in Brazil to combat soybean rust, became the first product to be authorized for orange rust in sugar cane.