CALGARY, ALBERTA, July 15, 2021 – BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions has received registration from Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) for Vercoras®, BASF’s first seed treatment for InVigor® hybrid canola. Vercoras delivers broad-spectrum protection against key seed and soil-borne diseases like blackleg during the critical early season infection period, as well as baseline protection against flea beetles. Vercoras will be available for purchase on InVigor canola hybrids for the 2022 growing season.
“As our first seed treatment for InVigor canola, the launch of Vercoras signals an exciting step forward for both BASF and canola growers,” said Chris Hewitt, Marketing Lead – Seed Treatments & Inoculants, BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions. “By utilizing InVigor seed treated with Vercoras, growers can leverage a robust level of disease control, including protection against blackleg and frontline protection against flea beetles that can be complemented by other insecticide technologies. These pests can be devastating and the addition of Vercoras to our industry-leading portfolio reflects BASF’s continued commitment to innovation and helping farmers overcome complex agronomic challenges on their fields.”
BASF Agricultural Solutions invests $4 million per day globally in research and development to bring growers the solutions they need to address agronomic challenges. Vercoras is the most recent example of BASF’s commitment to innovate and provide growers the tools needed to help maximize the potential of every acre.
Vercoras includes the insecticide active ingredient Clothianidin (Gr. 4) and four fungicide active ingredients: Fluopyram (Gr. 7), Metalaxyl (Gr. 4), Fluxapyroxad (Gr. 7) and Pyraclostrobin (Gr. 11). In addition to providing control against blackleg and flea beetles, Vercoras also targets Fusarium, Rhizoctonia and Pythium.
“Growers across Western Canada continue to face unprecedented challenges when it comes to growing canola and ensuring a successful harvest,” said Justine Cornelsen, Agronomy Specialist, Canola Council of Canada. “Blackleg and flea beetles not only cause significant challenges and frustration for growers, but they also have the potential to negatively impact the long-term success of Canada’s canola industry. The Canola Council of Canada is committed to working with industry partners like BASF to provide growers with agronomic resources and innovative solutions that help fuel success for the upcoming season, while striving to shape a sustainable future for farming.”
Growers are encouraged to speak with their AgSolutions sales representative to learn more about Vercoras during a summer tour, or check out BASF’s virtual tour platform, InField Innovation Tour video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlKAhWwWYn4. To learn more about Vercoras and InVigor® hybrid canola, please visit https://agriculture.basf.ca/east/en/products/solutions/vercoras.html.
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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.
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