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BASF receives registration of Sphaerex Fungicide, helping provide growers with protection against cereal diseases at head timing


  • Sphaerex helps provide growers with strong yield performance and disease efficacy on wheat, barley, oat, rye and triticale crops


CALGARY, October 19, 2021 – BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions has received registration from Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) for Sphaerex® Fungicide. Combining two powerful active ingredients, Prothioconazole and Metconazole, Sphaerex helps provide growers with management of Fusarium Head Blight (FHB), and the reduction of deoxynivalenol (DON), which can significantly impact yield and negatively alter grain quality. Sphaerex will be available for purchase for the 2022 growing season.


“We know farmers need new and innovative solutions to manage the most pressing agronomic challenges on their fields today, which is why we’re excited to announce the addition of Sphaerex to our cereal portfolio,” said Mark Shillingford, Director of Marketing, BASF Canada. “With FHB losses in Canada amounting to upwards of $300 million annually, we saw the need to provide a solution that Western Canadian growers could count on to protect against major diseases.”


Sphaerex is registered for use on wheat, barley, oats, rye and triticale crops, and provides broad spectrum protection against a wide range of diseases. The registration of Sphaerex gives Canadian growers access to a premium solution for management of the toughest diseases at head timing. With cereals representing Canada’s largest acreage, growers depend on solutions that help control leaf diseases and, in turn, promote grain quality standards and high yield.


“At BASF, we understand the significant challenges growers face when it comes to managing diseases like FHB,” said Sylvain Mialon, Brand Manager of Fungicides – Cereals & Pulses, BASF Canada. “While FHB may not be a problem one year, it can return with increased incidence and severity in the future, which is why it’s important to manage that risk in real time with leading crop management solutions. Featuring two trusted active ingredients, Sphaerex provides growers with FHB efficacy, DON management, and control of leaf diseases, supporting a strong cereal crop.”

BASF provides growers and retail and distribution customers with one of the most robust product pipelines in the industry. To learn more about Sphaerex, please visit www.agsolutions.ca.


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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.


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 www.basf.com.

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Tabetha Boot

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