By Lawrence Aylward / editorial director

In a deal that was in the works for several months, FMC Corp. and Arysta LifeScience North America have signed an exclusive licensing agreement in which FMC will develop and market two turf and ornamental products —DISARM Fungicide (fluoxastrobin) and XONERATE Herbicide (amicarbazone) — in the U.S. and Canada from Arysta LifeScience.

For FMC, the deal means an expanded portfolio of products to better serve golf course superintendents, said Adam Manwarren, FMC’s brand marketing manager for herbicides and fungicides.

“We have almost everything to offer for turf professionals; there’s very little that we can’t offer,” Manwarren said, citing FMC’s portfolio of post- and pre-emergent herbicides, broad-spectrum fungicides, and above- and below-ground insecticides. “About the only we’re missing is a plant growth regulator.”

For Arysta, it means vacating the turf and ornamental business.

“We have built substantial markets for these important T&O products over the last few years,” said Amy Yoder, business unit head of Arysta LifeScience North America. “Licensing the sales, marketing and distribution of DISARM and XONERATE will allow these T&O products to grow at a faster rate and allow us to focus on our growing portfolio of agricultural crop protection products.”

FMC is looking to grow its business outside of agriculture.

“This exclusive agreement unites two complementary product lines, expanding FMC Professional Solutions turf and ornamental portfolio and further demonstrating our commitment to grow beyond agriculture to invest in the professional services markets,” said Mark Douglas, president of FMC Agricultural
Solutions, in a press release.

XONERATE debuted in 2012 as a post-emergent herbicide for Poa annua control in bentgrass. However, superintendents had issues with Poa annua burning out too quickly after applying XONERATE in hot temperatures. Hence, the bentgrass wasn’t able to grow quick enough in the heat to fill in the spots where the Poa annua succumbed to XONERATE. Last year, Arysta tweaked application rates to help resolve those issues.

Manwarren said more superintendents are using XONERATE with Syngenta’s Tenacity to get a “synergistic punch” on Poa annua and other secondary weeds. In Florida, superintendents have found success in using XONERATE to control tropical signalgrass, Manwarren added.

In 2015, FMC plans to launch a new liquid formulation of XONERATE.

“There’s nothing wrong with the water dispersible granular,” Manwarren said. “Liquid formulations just tend to be a little bit easier to use.”

The DISARM line includes four formulations, each specifically
tailored to regional climate, disease history and turfgrass variety. DISARM can be used alone or in chlorothalonil-based or DMI-based premixes.

FMC Professional Solutions entered the turf and ornamental industry in 1987 with the launch of Talstar insecticide. The company has broadened its turf portfolio over the last decade significantly, adding seven new herbicide and five insecticide products, in addition to formulations specifically tailored for industry segments such as golf, nursery, greenhouse and tree care.