What are some examples of innovative solutions

Innovations for sustainable agriculture

  • The value of the expanded BASF innovation pipeline for agriculture reaches more than € 6 billion
  • More than 30 pipeline products will be launched worldwide by 2028 and enable higher yields and quality as well as even more sustainable production
  • Sustainability criteria are an essential part of the management of research and development at BASF

BASF has significantly expanded its pipeline for agricultural solutions and will bring innovations to the market by 2028 with an expected peak sales potential of more than € 6 billion. The pipeline includes a wealth of chemical and biological crop protection products, seeds and traits, as well as digital solutions. This will further strengthen BASF's leading position in the field of innovative and sustainable agriculture. BASF's innovation pipeline shows concrete progress based on continuous investments in research and development, the integration of the acquired businesses and strong partnerships. In 2019, BASF will invest around € 900 million in R&D in agricultural solutions.

"We offer farmers a comprehensive range of innovative technologies, solutions and know-how that support them in the successful development of their farms and at the same time meet the requirements of the food value chain.
supply chain, ”says Markus Heldt, head of the BASF company
Agricultural Solutions division. “We are actively aligning our current and future portfolio to more sustainable solutions. Sustainability is firmly anchored in our entire R&D decision-making process, from the early research phase to product development. This enables us to develop highly effective, innovative active ingredients for the benefit of farmers, society and the environment. "

Innovative research combined with a deep understanding of real challenges

Feeding the growing population while coping with challenges such as unpredictable weather, the efficient control of diseases and pests, the scarcity of natural resources and the availability of arable land make innovations even more necessary. These global trends affect food security and the overall sustainability of food and agricultural systems. BASF's state-of-the-art innovation pipeline offers farmers new technologies and solutions in all important cultures and regions to meet these challenges.

Research and development for soy cultivation is an example of BASF’s innovative strength. As one of the most important and most sought-after crops in agriculture and trade, soybeans make a significant contribution to the world's food and feed supply. BASF has developed innovative solutions for soybean farmers to achieve high yields and quality. These include:

  • The new soy seeds from BASF with the Trait platform LibertyLink®GT27TM enables farmers to Liberty®-Herbicides, glyphosate and, subject to approval, a herbicide with a new mode of action for weed control after emergence. This innovative soy technology is being offered to farmers under the BASF brand Credence® as well as offered under license brands. The market launch is planned for 2020.
  • The company also offers the appropriate tool for disease and pest management ILeVO® a nematicide / fungicide for seed treatment. It is the only product on the US market that offers effective protection against Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) and nematodes in the seed zone, resulting in healthier plants and higher yield potential. Further approval in Brazil is expected by 2020.
  • BASF has the herbicide Tirexor® Designed to ensure farmers around the world continue to have access to effective weed management. This new active ingredient is specifically designed to combat resistant weeds, including common grasses and broad-leaved weeds. The company filed a regulatory dossier for this new herbicide in Australia and North America in 2018. After approval by the relevant authorities, BASF expects the first market launch of Tirexor-based products in Australia in 2020.
  • In order to further expand its portfolio and offer farmers additional solutions, BASF and Mitsui Chemicals Agro, Inc. Broflanilide developed. The active ingredient is a powerful and versatile new insecticide for combating chewing pests. First market launches are expected in 2020.

BASF has a similarly diverse and promising innovation
pipeline for the entire cultivation cycle of other important crops such as rapeseed, wheat, rice as well as fruit and vegetables. The recently acquired businesses have significantly expanded the scope of the company's innovation platform. This enables BASF to offer even more comprehensive agricultural solutions, giving farmers real choice within a consolidated industry.

Innovative projects to sustainably achieve higher yields for a wide range of crops

Resistance management is one of the major challenges that all farmers face. With the latest fungicide Revysol® BASF offers them an important tool in all regions to counter resistance in many important cultures. These are, for example, grain, soy, corn, fruit and vegetables. The new active ingredient offers farmers excellent biological efficacy in a wide range of crops and flexibility in application to improve their farm operations. Revysol will help farmers around the world achieve high and reliable plant vitality, higher yields and better quality. With the first approvals in Colombia and Korea, BASF is preparing for further market launches. After registration by the respective authorities, the first market launches of Revysol-based products for grain are expected in 2019/2020. In addition, BASF is planning to introduce a new product for seed treatment based on Revysol, which will be sold under the brand Relenya ™ is distributed. This product protects the seeds and the root zone of cereals from pathogenic fungi during the early development of the plant. The US market entry is expected in 2021, subject to regulatory approvals. Other regions will follow.

New products for digital agriculture enable better informed decision making

BASF customers are entrepreneurs in a demanding business environment. As a result, modern farmers have to analyze more and more data and deal with increasing complexity in order to make the right growing decisions. The xarvioTM Digital Farming Solutions from BASF support them - with digital products such as xarvio Field Manager or xarvio scouting - to use this data to your advantage as a basis for better informed decision-making. In this way, a more efficient and sustainable use of resources and their allocation can be guaranteed. A current example from xarvio's digital innovation pipeline is xarvio Healthy Fields. This service package for efficient crop protection, which is currently in the concept phase, not only provides field zone-specific strategies and their implementation by a certified entrepreneur or the farmer himself via the xarvio Field Manager, but also ensures the success of crop protection
guarantee application.

Commitment to cutting-edge research for agriculture

“Innovation is a must in our industry. We combine our passion and expertise for innovative thinking with a deep understanding of the real challenges that farmers and the agricultural industry face. Our focus is on innovation-driven growth, the targeted expansion of our portfolio and the realization of synergies from the acquired businesses. As a new and even stronger team, we are in a unique position today to break new ground with leading products, instruments and solutions that meet the needs of our customers. On the basis of these skills, we will grow sustainably and expand our commitment to the future of agriculture, ”emphasizes Heldt.

These products and solutions are representative of 30 projects that will be launched worldwide by 2028. They come from a unique innovation pipeline based on continuous research activities. BASF wants to keep its expanded and integrated R&D spending in agriculture at the very high level of previous years. In 2018 alone, the Agricultural Solutions division spent on research and development
€ 679 million and thus 11% of sales in this segment.

You can find out more about BASF’s innovation pipeline for agriculture on our innovation website.

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About the BASF Agricultural Solutions division

With the world's population growing rapidly, we are increasingly expected to establish and maintain sustainable agriculture and a healthy environment. In cooperation with farmers, agricultural experts, experts in pest control and others, we see this as an important task for us. That's why we're investing in a strong research and development pipeline and a broad portfolio that includes solutions for everything to do with seeds and plant traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital agriculture. Our team of experts in the laboratory, in the field, in the office and in production combines innovative thinking with down-to-earth action. Together we develop solutions that create value - for farmers, society and the environment. In 2018, our division achieved sales of around 6.2 billion euros. You can find more information at www.agriculture.basf.com or on our social media channels.

About BASF

Chemistry for a sustainable future, that's what BASF stands for. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Around 122,000 employees in the BASF Group work to contribute to the success of our customers from almost every industry and in almost every country in the world. We have grouped our portfolio into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. In 2018, BASF had worldwide sales of around € 63 billion. BASF is listed in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information is available at www.basf.com.