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BASF receives Health Canada PMRA registration on active ingredients for two new pre-seed products  

  • Certitude® herbicide to provide Canadian canola growers with industry-leading control of resistant kochia and volunteer canola for 2021 growing season
  • Certitude is the first-ever group 27 for pre-seed use in canola
  • Smoulder™ to be available for the 2022 growing season to provide uncompromised weed control for wheat and barley


CALGARY, AB, December 10, 2020 – This week, BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions (BASF) received registration from Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) on the active ingredient (AI) Topramezone. The first Group 27 herbicide approved for pre-seed use in canola,Topramezone is the AI found in Certitude® – BASF’s new pre-seed herbicide that will provide canola growers with industry-leading control of kochia and volunteer canola for the upcoming 2021 growing season. 


“At BASF, we are constantly investing in and developing new crop protection solutions to help growers address agronomic challenges head on,” said Mark Shillingford, Director of Marketing, BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions. “We recognize that tackling tough-to-manage weeds and weed resistance is one of the top concerns facing today’s growers, whether they are growing canola or cereals. The registration of BASF’s two new pre-seed treatments reflects our promise of providing growers with a robust product portfolio that is constantly evolving to meet their needs, which fuels success on their fields, both today and into the future.” 


Two of the biggest challenges facing canola growers today are kochia and volunteer canola, which can significantly impact yields. Certitude marks a significant addition to BASF’s portfolio, helping growers manage difficult weeds. At the same time, the herbicide supports target plant populations and crop sustainability by managing volunteers that can host pathogens. This includes clubroot and blackleg, which have the potential to impact the health of current and future canola crops. 


In addition to Certitude, BASF also recently received PMRA registration for its pre-seed herbicide Smoulder™, containing the active ingredients Saflufenacil and Metsulfuron-methyl. A pre-seed herbicide for wheat and barley growers, Smoulder is a first-of-its-kind solution that provides growers with both residual control of volunteer canola and superior burndown of all group two, four and nine resistant broadleaf weeds. It will be available for purchase in the 2022 growing season, and BASF will have a large field scale demo program for Smoulder in 2021.


“While historically growers have had to choose between focusing on volunteer canola residual control or unique broad spectrum burndown, Smoulder eliminates this tough decision by delivering burndown and residual control with two modes of action,” said Dan Packer, Senior Brand Manager – Herbicides, BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions. “At BASF, we are always striving to make our growers lives easier by providing them with the solutions they need to overcome agronomic challenges. Smoulder marks an exciting next step in this market and will help our customers better manage resistant and tough-to-control weeds on their wheat and barley crops.”


Certitude will be available for purchase in 2021, and Smoulder will be available for the 2022 growing season. To see Smoulder in action at BASF’s large-scale demos in spring/summer 2021, growers are encouraged to contact their local BASF representative. To learn more, and to view BASF’s entire crop protection portfolio, please visit www.agsolutions.ca.

Always read and follow label directions.
Certitude® is a registered trademark of BASF; used under license by BASF Canada Inc. © 2020 BASF Canada Inc. All rights reserved. Canadian trademark registration has been applied for and is pending for Smoulder™.

About BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division:
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 2019, our division generated sales of €7.8 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 117,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing 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 2019. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.

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