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BASF Agricultural Solutions marks significant portfolio growth with an expanded product line-up

  • BASF’s portfolio grows to include 10 new crop protection solutions and two InVigor canola hybrids to help address the industry’s most pressing challenges

CALGARY, ALBERTA, December 14, 2021 – Between the 2021 and 2022 growing seasons, BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions (BASF) significantly expanded its portfolio with the launch of 10 new crop protection solutions, and the introduction of two new InVigor® canola hybrids to its seed offering. This growth reinforces BASF’s commitment of investing in research and development to enhance existing solutions and bringing new tools to the market that help growers contend with the most pressing concerns on their fields.

“Now, more than ever, growers are under increased pressure to produce strong, quality crops in a profitable and sustainable way,” said Mark Shillingford, Director, Marketing BASF Canada. “To do so, growers depend on access to the right resources and tools for their fields; but this innovation doesn’t happen overnight. BASF is committed to working hard to provide innovative solutions, whether it’s introducing a tool for combatting pests or diseases, a new InVigor hybrid canola seed that offers significant yield potential, or a digital solution such as xarvio® FIELD MANAGER to help farmers produce their crops more efficiently and sustainably. We’re confident our evolving portfolio will help set growers up for success now and for years to come, ensuring a bright future for Canadian agriculture.”

Plant science innovation plays a critical role in helping growers achieve higher yields. According to Crop Life Canada, these innovations have driven a 50 percent increase in crop productivity over the last century, contributing significantly to the Canadian economy. BASF is committed to furthering this innovation by investing an average of $4 million daily in agricultural research and development globally and is celebrating the following hybrid launches and product registrations for the 2021 and 2022 seasons:

  • Canola:
    • InVigor L343PC and InVigor L356PC join the InVigor hybrid canola line-up, in time for InVigor’s 25th anniversary season in 2022. InVigor L343PC merges patented Pod Shatter Reduction and second-generation clubroot resistance, while InVigor L356PC delivers strong yield potential for growers targeting an extra bushel or two.
    • Vercoras®  is BASF’s new seed treatment for InVigor, delivering broad-spectrum protection against key seed and soil-borne diseases like blackleg, and frontline protection against flea beetles. It is available for purchase on InVigor hybrid canola for the 2022 growing season.
    • Certitude® herbicide provides canola growers with a new option for weed control as the first group 27 for pre-seed use in canola. Available for the 2021 season, it offers industry-leading control of kochia and volunteer canola. 
  • Cereals & Pulses:
    • Smoulder herbicide offers wheat and barley growers residual control of volunteer canola, superior burndown of group 2, 4 and 9 resistant weeds and improved perennial and winter annual control for the upcoming 2022 growing season.
    • Sphaerex® fungicide, available to Western Canadian cereal growers for the 2022 season, combines two leading active ingredients (AI), Sphaerex helps cereal growers manage Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) and leaf diseases for improved yield and quality.
    • Voraxor® herbicide, available for 2022, contains the innovative new AI Tirexor® to help provide pre-seed burndown and residual control of broadleaf weeds in peas, lentils, corn, soybean, and more. 
    • Teraxxa® F4 became available to cereal growers in the 2021 season, using a new mode of action for eliminating wireworms with the unique AI Broflanilide, and was awarded one of 10 Most Innovative Products of 2021 by Seed World magazine.
  • Corn, Soy & Potato / Horticulture:
    • Veltyma®, a fungicide containing Revysol®, is available for 2022 and helps provides broader, stronger and longer control against leaf diseases in corn and protection against foliar diseases in potatoes. 
    • Merivon® fungicide receives registration in time for the 2021 growing season to help address key diseases, including black rot and bitter rot in apples, and diseases in a range of horticulture crops.
  • Professional & Specialty Solutions:
    • Habitat® Aqua providing municipalities, associations and homeowners help with control over invasive species like phragmites that threaten natural habitats across the country. 
    • Xzemplar® fungicide received registration for the 2021 golf season to give superintendents a potent tool that combines the fast-stopping power of a contact fungicide with long-lasting preventative action to help control the critical turf pathogen, dollar spot.

“From resistance to the presence of tough-to-control pests and diseases, providing growers with access to the right solutions for their fields plays a critical role in helping them achieve the best yield possible,” said Shillingford. “Growers’ livelihoods depend on producing successful crops year over year, which is why we’re committed to developing and equipping them with a robust portfolio of options. BASF continues to support Canadian growers’, and these new products are just one example of how we’re here to help.”

Solving the agronomic challenges of today and tomorrow to support the success of Canada’s agriculture industry takes partnership. BASF is committed to being a strong partner to growers by providing one of the most robust product pipelines in the industry. For more information, and to view BASF’s entire crop protection portfolio, please visit www.agsolutions.ca.

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InVigor®, Certitude®, Vercoras®, Smoulder®, Sphaerex®, Teraxxa®, Voraxor®, Merivon®, Velyma®, Habitat® and Xzemplar® are registered trade-marks of BASF, used under license by BASF Canada Inc. © 2021 BASF Canada Inc.

About BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division

BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, has over 625 employees who work at one of three production facilities across Canada including: Lethbridge, Saskatoon, and Regina, or one of several research farms across the Canadian prairies. Agricultural Solutions is the largest division of BASF Canada Inc., working closely with the regional Agricultural Solutions team, collaborating on research and product development that benefits North American growers. To find out more about BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions, visit www.agsolutions.ca or follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/BASFAgSolutions.

With a rapidly growing population, the world is increasingly dependent on our ability to develop and maintain sustainable agriculture and healthy environments. Working with farmers, agricultural professionals, pest management experts and others, it is our role to help make this possible. That’s why we invest in a strong R&D pipeline and broad portfolio, including seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming. With expert teams in the lab, field, office and in production, we connect innovative thinking and down-to-earth action to create real world ideas that work – for farmers, society and the planet. In 2020, our division generated sales of €7.7 billion. For more information, please visit www.agriculture.basf.com or any of our social media channels.

About BASF

BASF Canada Inc., headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, has over 1,200 employees at production facilities and offices located across Canada. BASF Canada is a subsidiary of BASF SE, and an affiliate of BASF Corporation. To find out more about BASF’s activities in Canada, visit www.basf.com/ca or follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/basfcanada.

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 110,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €59 billion in 2020. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at http://www.basf.com.

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