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BASF Looks Toward Weed Control Future

Cindy Zimmerman

With glyphosate resistance continuing to grow nationwide as a threat to crop yields in fields throughout the country BASF Crop Protection kicked off the 2012 Commodity Classic with presentations on research, innovations and techniques to help prepare growers for the future of weed control at the sixth annual “Science Behind” media symposium.

BASF Vice President U.S. Crop Protection Paul Rea says resistant weeds are a significant challenge for growers. “And innovation is one of the keys to solving that challenge,” he said, noting that BASF is planning the release of three new herbicides this year – Armezon, OpTill PRO, and Zidua. “BASF invests close to $2 million every day in R&D which makes us a very good partner for growers who are looking for new technologies to increase their yield.”

Listen to or download Paul Rea interview: Interview with Paul Rea

BASF is also planning the release of Engenia™ herbicide, an advanced dicamba formulation, that will be ready when dicamba-tolerant crops make the market in a few years. “We have a long track history with dicamba,” said Steve Bowe, BASF Biology Group Leader. “With our latest formulation advancement Engenia it takes that another step forward.”

Listen to or download Steve Bowe interview: Interview with Steve Bowe

Dr. Dan Westberg, BASF Technical Market Manager, says using multiple sites of action is one way to fight the resistance issues. “In particular, we need to get back to using pre-emergence herbicides in soybeans, so that we provide a strong foundation of weed control and post emergence applications will be more effective,” he said. Scouting, proper planning, and cultural and mechanical strategies should also be considered.

Listen to or download Dan Westberg interview: Interview with Dan Westberg

2012 BASF Science Behind Photo Album

Coverage of the 2012 Commodity Classic Show is sponsored by BASF and New Holland
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