Brazil emergency OKs BASF's Pirate against earworms
Brazil has granted emergency use extension approval to BASF's insecticide, Pirate (chlorfenapyr), for the control of corn earworms (Helicoverpa zea) on soybeans. The pyrazole insecticide is a suspension concentrate formulation that has been available for use for several years on other crops. The country has issued a state of emergency in several cotton and soybean growing states, and set various controlled measures including the emergency approval of insecticides and emergency import approval for emamectin benzoate to combat the pest. It has already caused some R$10,000 million (US$4,100 million) of losses and costs to growers since its outbreak over a year ago (Agrow passim).