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Industry News: Nufarm acquires Mepiquat and cotton harvest aid products

Nufarm Americas, Inc., has acquired the global trademarks, registrations and assets of the following DuPont products: Mepex and Mepex Gin Out cotton plant growth regulators, as well as CottonQuik and FirstPick harvest aids.

According to Geoff Quick, general manager, business development, Nufarm, the acquisition strengthens Nufarm’s position in the cotton market.

“The addition of these products to Nufarm’s portfolio underscores our commitment to the U.S. cotton grower,” Quick said. “Growers have depended on the consistent performance of Mepex, Mepex Gin Out, FirstPick and CottonQuik to help them manage development and harvest of their cotton crops,” Quick said.

“We’re pleased to continue to offer cotton growers access to these important production tools, along with Nufarm’s other crop-protection products for cotton.”

“This agreement marks another milestone in the DuPont renewal strategy for the crop protection business,” said James C. Collins, vice-president and general manager, DuPont Crop Protection. “We now have a stronger, more focused portfolio than ever before, and can move on to the next phase of renewal: Developing and launching the exciting new innovations in our pipeline.”

Mepex is a foliar-applied plant regulator that allows growers to manage cotton plants for short-season production, which can help reduce risk of yield and quality loss due to delayed and prolonged harvest.

Mepex Gin Out, an enhanced mepiquat chloride formulation, provides the growth modification of mepiquat chloride, but the optimized formulation enhances the foliar and reproductive efficiency of cotton and is especially suited for early-season applications.

Also included in the acquisition are two enhanced ethephon products — FirstPick and CottonQuik. FirstPick cotton harvest aid/defoliant provides rapid, consistent boll opening, allowing growers to begin harvesting early and stay on schedule. CottonQuik provides fast, consistent boll opening over a wide range of temperatures, minimizing regrowth for a clean harvest.

Cotton growers will have access to these products from Nufarm through their current distribution channels. Growers should contact their dealers to purchase these products.

For more information call (630) 455-2000, or visit the Web site at

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