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Research from BASF Canada, Manitoba Crop Alliance and Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission determines Heat LQ can be used as pre-harvest aid on flax

CALGARY, ALBERTA, April 4, 2022 – BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions (BASF) has announced findings from a partnership with Manitoba Crop Alliance (MCA) and Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission (SaskFlax) determining Heat® LQ can be used in Canada as a pre-harvest aid on flax.


Following an identification from flax growers of Heat LQ as a useful agronomic tool, the findings were affirmed through a field trial program and joint financial collaboration between BASF, MCA, and SaskFlax.


Results from extensive testing on five locations over two years concluded acceptability for the use of Heat LQ pre-harvest at the labelled rate as a standalone treatment (not tank mixed with glyphosate) for flax across all export markets. For the 2022 growing season, 40ac/case is recommended for application when 75-80% of bolls are brown and have less than 30% seed moisture. BASF recommends against tank mixing with glyphosate for the 2022 season and continues to do additional work on this use pattern.


BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions

“BASF is excited to announce these positive findings and offer this solution to flax growers for the 2022 season,” said Mark Oostlander, Senior Research Manager, Herbicides, BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions. “Preservations of export markets have always been a critical and key priority of ours. Thanks to our collaboration with the MCA and SaskFlax, we were able to identify Heat LQ as an innovative and important tool beneficial to flax growers. This is just one example of how funding from growers has and will continue to support new uses for agronomic tools.”


Manitoba Crop Alliance

“As a flax grower, it’s always exciting to see new ways to maximize the value and performance of the crop,” said Dean Buchanan, a delegate from Manitoba Crop Alliance’s Flax Committee. “I’m proud of the role Manitoba farmers played in the development of this important agronomic tool.”


Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission

"Flax growers want to have options for weed control, partnering with BASF and MCA to help better equip flax growers and the industry to meet the growing global demand for flax is important," said Wayne Thompson, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission.


For more information on BASF Canada and Heat LQ, please visit www.agriculture.basf.ca/west.


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Heat® LQ is a registered trade-mark of BASF, used under license by BASF Canada Inc. © 2022 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. 
Farming is fundamental to provide enough healthy and affordable food for a rapidly growing population while reducing environmental impacts. Working with partners and agricultural experts and by integrating sustainability criteria into all business decisions, we help farmers to create a positive impact on sustainable agriculture. That’s why we invest in a strong R&D pipeline, connecting innovative thinking with practical action in the field. Our portfolio comprises seeds and specifically selected plant traits, chemical and biological crop protection, solutions for soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming. With expert teams in the lab, field, office and in production, we strive to find the right balance for success – for farmers, agriculture and future generations. In 2021, our division generated sales of €8.2 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


BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,700 employees in North America and had sales of $25.9 billion in 2021. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.com/us.


At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Around 111,000 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 comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €78.6 billion in 2021. 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.


About Manitoba Crop Alliance
Manitoba Crop Alliance is a non-profit organization established August 1, 2020 representing over 9,000 farmer-members. Manitoba Crop Alliance puts their farmer-members first and strives to continuously improve the competitiveness and profitability of all crops represented by the organization by focusing on four main areas: research, agronomy, market access and development, and communications. It is through investment in these key areas that Manitoba Crop Alliance can ensure wheat, barley, corn, sunflower and flax are sustainable production choices for Manitoba farmers. For more information, visit mbcropalliance.ca.


About Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission
Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission is an organization that works to develop Saskatchewan’s flax industry for the benefit of flax growers. It supports the research, development and promotion of flax to domestic and international markets and works with organizations to benefit producers and the industry, furthering Saskatchewan’s position of meeting the world’s flax demand. Since its establishment in 1996, more than $6 million dollars has been invested into more than 100 research projects. Over the years the research has included flax variety development, genetics, agronomics, livestock feed, health benefits for humans, and flax straw and fiber.

BASF Canada Contact:

Media Relations Contact

Tabetha Boot

Phone: 403-461-1253



Manitoba Crop Alliance

Cole Christensen

Communications Manager

(403) 589-3529



Saskatchewan Flax

Development Commission

Wayne Thompson

(306) 664-1901