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About Florasulam

Florasulam is one herbicide developed by Dow Agrosciences (now Corteva). It belongs to the class of acetolactate synthase (ALS) inhibitor. It is the fifth new compound of triazolopyrimidine sulfonaniline herbicide that was successfully developed in the mid-1990s by Dow, after metosulam, flumetsulam, cloransulam-methyl, and diclosulam.

Florasulam has systemic effect and can be absorbed by plant roots, stems and leaves, interferes with the biosynthesis of branched-chain amino acids in targeted plants. It has a broad weed-killing spectrum, high activity, and a short residual period. It can be easily degraded in the soil when compounding with other ingredients which is safe for subsequent crops.

In 1998, florasulam was registered in Israel. Its main markets include: Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, the Netherlands, etc. It is mainly used for the control of broad-leaved weeds in winter wheat fields. The targeted weeds include cleavers, chickweed, polygonum and compositae weeds. In 2016, the global sales of florasulam reached USD 190 million.

China Registration

In 2006, the TC and formulation of florasulam were registered in China. As of April 2021, according to China Pesticide Registration Watch, there are 188 valid registrations of florasulam in ICAMA, with 21 TC registrations. The most popular formulator partners of florasulam includes carfentrazone-ethyl, fluroxypyr-meptyl, MCPA-isooctyl, 2,4-D-ethylhexyl and Mesosulfuron-methyl.

Production and Supply

The main intermediates of florasulam are 5-fluorouracil and 2,6-difluoroaniline. The follow-up compound of 2,6-difluoroaniline is an important intermediates for many pesticide technicals, including lufenuron, diflubenzuron, hexaflumuron, etoxazole, chlorfluazuron, etc.

The production capacity of Chinese factories is concentrated in Jiangsu Agrochem Laboratory, Jiangsu Repont with the total demand around 300 tons. There are large unstable factors on the technical supply side, and the market fluctuates greatly.

Industry News

Will glyphosate price continue to rise? - Dialogue with suppliers and buyers

Recently, no small number of overseas customers of AgroPages has been asking what has happened to glyphosate and whether the price will continue to rise going forward. Concerning the glyphosate price rise and the short supply, we have had a round of communication respectively with domestic suppliers and overseas buyers.

Glyphosate price to stay at high level, no planned capacity expansion within Chinese manufacturers

Products & Projects

Chinese Ministry of Agriculture approved two export-only registrations, being fipronil and paraquat

One is the fipronil 50g/l SC of Jiangsu Tuoqiu Agricultural Chemical Co., Ltd, with registration number EX20200001, which was approved the first time on 2011-03-03, being valid till 2026-03-03. The product is allowed for export only to Pakistan and Thailand. The initial registration number was PD20110242, covering fipronil 5% (massive volume concentration, W/V).

Sino-Agri Union Weifang plans to upgrade its 2,000-ton dicamba production plant

Huifeng's 5,000-ton glufosinate and 1,000-ton epoxiconazole technical facilities approved for trial production

Cynda’s two patented herbicides expected to be launched to market in 2022 and 2023


Strategic cooperation launched between Xingfa Group and Syngenta China

A strategic cooperation agreement was executed between Xingfa Group and Syngenta China, in Yichang, China, on April 20, with Qin Hengde, President of Syngenta Group China, and Li Guozhang, Board Chairman of Xingfa Group, attending the signing ceremony.

BASF strengthens innovation capabilities in Asia

UPL entering into a dealership agreement with local distributor, endeavoring to develop Chinese market

Zhejiang Zhongshan Chemical Industry Group to hire Argentina Representative

Jiangsu Yangnong earns USD185.6 million net profit in 2020, up 3.4% YoY