Coatings and inoculants are where it’s at in the seed industry these days and BASF Ag Products is in the forefront of this important technology for agriculture.
“When we speak of inoculants, we’re talking about rhizobia-based products,” said BASF US Crop Seed Enhancement manager Steve Bergschneider during an interview at the ASTA CSS 2014 and Seed Expo in Chicago. “We have selectively chosen strains that we ferment and build into our inoculation products that allow us to use them in North Dakota, or the Southeast, or Ohio, Nebraska… a variety of conditions that allow them to effectively infect plants and form a high level of nodules for that plant.”
In the BASF coatings portfolio, Bergschneider says their Flo Rite® Plantability Polymers are the biggest. “We have some versions for corn and soybeans,” he said. “Our Flo Rite brand allows the farmer to plant very accurate seed drops – no skips, no doubles – to allow him to have a good planting day when he’s ready to go.”