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Jul. 17, 2017
Weather woes: How fungicides can help

Each season, growers across the country face adverse weather conditions that impact the health and yield of their crops. These conditions can include too little or too much rain, extreme temperatures, wind and hail. Plain and simple, weather is a wild card.

Jul. 17, 2017
Starting a career in agriculture at BASF

Can anyone be guaranteed a job after college graduation? Those who study agriculture or food sciences are part of the few who need not worry. According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast, there will be 57,900 high-skilled job openings annually between 2015 and 2020 in the agriculture and food industries. On average, only 35,400 new U.S. graduates will come out of agricultural programs across the country. That is a shortage of 22,500!

Jul. 17, 2017
BASF becomes newest National Teach Ag Campaign sponsor

Agriculture is all about growth — from seeds in the ground that lead to healthy crops, to providing food for a growing population. At the heart of it all are the people who do the work, both on and off the farm.

Jun. 19, 2017
Disease Forecasting

“What am I up against?” can be a tough question to answer as a grower. Crops face a variety of challenges, and with summer gearing up, the question gets pointed at mid-season disease.

Jun. 16, 2017
Record-breaking yield strategies

Growers across the nation are always pushing themselves to gain higher yields, not only to highlight their success, but to also highlight the industry as a whole. Every year, the National Corn Yield Contest, sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), challenges growers across the nation to compete for recognition as a Record-Breaking Grower. What are some simple strategies that these record-breaking growers are using? NCGA contest winner, Heath Cutrell, offered a look into his 2016 growing season.

Jun. 09, 2017
Protect the chemistries that protect your yield

This growing season many grape growers are facing heavy disease pressure due to drenching rains received over the winter months and continuing through spring.

May. 30, 2017
A wet spring tests Arkansas growers early in the season

Growers in Arkansas often see their fair share of inclement weather during the growing season, and this year is proving to be no exception. Thanks to a couple of different weather systems, some parts of the state received more than 10 inches of rain this spring. Undoubtedly, the heavy amount of rain has resulted in some early flooding around the state, particularly in the lower-lying areas of Lawrence and Randolph counties.

May. 22, 2017
Global product launch logistics

For growers to be successful, they must constantly seek out the latest field innovation to help increase their productivity. For over 150 years, BASF has supported growers seeking higher and healthier yields with innovate crop protection technologies.

May. 19, 2017
Insect forecasting

In an instant, you can open an app for weather forecasts or check text alerts for market forecasts, but where do you turn for forecasting insect pests? All three subjects can impact farm operations and profitability, but the latter is much tougher to quickly gauge.

May. 19, 2017
New tech, smarter ag

If you were to chart a curve of innovation in agriculture today's data point would plot on the near-vertical line of exponential growth. The rate of new developments in ag tech had never been faster.

May. 18, 2017
7 tips to calibrate your orchard sprayer

Calibrating a sprayer is part of the crop protection product application process. But recent research done by ADAPTIV and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has shown that not all sprayers can be calibrated the same way.

May. 08, 2017
Top-of-mind questions for a successful season

With the growing season underway, excitement is brimming across America’s farmland. In all the hustle of planting and managing this year’s crops, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day details. While running a smooth operation does require a good grip of the little things, the big picture can’t fall out of frame in the process.

May. 05, 2017
South Texas cotton crop looks strong as the season begins

Lubbock, Texas, a city located in the high plains of Texas and known for its Texas Tech Red Raiders, boasts being the largest contiguous cotton-growing region in the world. In fact, within a 200-mile radius of Lubbock, you will find 3-4 million acres of cotton, roughly 30-40 percent of the cotton acreage grown in the United States per year.

May. 04, 2017
How cities and rural America are helping monarch butterflies

When the monarchs began their spring migration in mid-March, they started a 3,000-mile, multi-generational journey that spans most of North America. The resilient insects fly between 50 and 100 miles a day in search of milkweed to lay their eggs and rest their weary wings. During their migration, monarchs pass through many U.S. cities, which has led to the creation of a program that encourages mayors to promise to make their city more monarch friendly.

Apr. 24, 2017
BASF celebrates Earth Day

BASF Crop Protection recently celebrated Earth Day, a day that inspires and challenges people and companies alike to protect the environment. While Earth Day comes just once a year, at BASF, environmental sustainability is embedded in our culture and upheld every day by employees in our offices, production sites and fields across the country.

Apr. 21, 2017
Setting up for Success: 2017 Planning Tips

“Plan the work, work the plan.” This age-old adage rings true across any project in any industry. In farming, the plan outlines the important path from buying farm inputs to making harvest marketing decisions. When building a solid plan, a helpful first step is to evaluate successes — and challenges — from the past. Here are a few key learnings, broken down by state, from 2016 along with recommendations for 2017.

Apr. 20, 2017
The next generation of agriculture: What to expect from millennial growers

Have you ever heard someone speak disparagingly about the millennial generation? Defined as those born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s, millennials have been characterized as lazy, entitled and self-obsessed. However, based on recent surveys, millennials in farming are likely to make their predecessors proud.

Apr. 10, 2017
Reduce your respray

Growers have a love-hate relationship with weather. It can promote crop growth by supplying the right mixture of sun and rain, or it can devastate a field with ravenous winds and baseball-sized hail. Like it or not, Mother Nature has a hand in crop success.

Apr. 04, 2017
A legacy lives on with four ag scholarship recipients

Four students with their eyes on the future of agriculture and their hearts in the wheat industry received the Jerry Minore Memorial Scholarship at the 2017 Commodity Classic.

Apr. 04, 2017
Two scholarship winners predict a bright future for sorghum

This year, BASF partnered with the National Sorghum Foundation to seek answers to this question from college students. Abigail Arthaud of Keyes, Okla., and Cody Nedbalek of College Station, Texas,  were up to the task and, as a result, were awarded the first ever National Sorghum Foundation – BASF Scholarship.

Mar. 27, 2017
NCGA and BASF honor five ag students at Commodity Classic

From the corn fields of Iowa to the plains of Texas, the U.S. is filled with young individuals with their eyes on a future in agriculture. With this abundance of talent in young ag, the responsibility falls on the industry to provide them with the tools necessary to secure this future. At the 2017 Commodity Classic, stellar graduate and undergraduate students came together to receive the William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture scholarship from the National Corn Growers Association in partnership with BASF.

Mar. 27, 2017
Ohio State University ag student receives $5,000 scholarship

When passion and investment come together, dreams come true. Each year, BASF and the American Soybean Association (ASA) help make those dreams possible with the Soy Scholarship. The Soy Scholarship is a $5,000 award presented to an exceptional high school senior who thrives in both academics and leadership roles.

Mar. 23, 2017
Monarch butterflies descend on Commodity Classic

During the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, hundreds of monarch butterflies descended near the convention center in Hemisfair Park – but they were walking, not flying. More than 275 children earned their monarch wings and donned butterfly face paintings at the Monarchs, Milkweed and Migration event on March 3.

Mar. 21, 2017
Delivering agriculture solutions for farmers through investments in R&D and production

Glyphosate-resistant weeds have been identified on more than two-thirds of U.S. crop land, putting new solutions for effective weed control in high demand. To address these crop protection needs, BASF is committed to continued investments in R&D and the production of innovative solutions; one of which is its expanded dicamba manufacturing facility in Beaumont, Texas.

Mar. 16, 2017
BASF fungicides can help protect waterlogged trees

Full bloom is a beautiful yet precarious time frame for an almond orchard. Not only are the pink buds that open to white blooms a stunning sight to behold, they represent the potential yield that may be harvested from each tree. A blossom directly correlates to an almond if the bloom is protected properly and allowed to set into a healthy nut.

Mar. 06, 2017
Do You Know Your Sites of Action?

Most weeds have a vulnerable protein or two that can be compromised for effective management and crop protection. Understanding the science behind weed control can help growers achieve healthier plants and higher yields. These proteins are commonly referred to as sites of action, which is not to be confused or interchanged with modes of action.

Feb. 13, 2017
BASF Connects in the PNW

In a time when commodity prices are unfavorable, in particular for wheat growers, BASF hosted a one-day informational event to highlight the current state of wheat in the U.S. and in the PNW. The U.S. Wheat Associates, the Oregon Wheat Commission and the Wheat Marketing Center participated in the event and discussed wheat quality, the international market and the industry’s efforts to provide the best wheat for export.

Jan. 30, 2017
BASF: Dedicated to Research

Farming today is more complex than ever, and there is an increased need for effective crop protection products that growers can rely on to help them succeed. BASF dedicates significant research and development efforts to providing innovative crop protection solutions for growers.

Jan. 23, 2017
On Target Application Academy Goes Digital

Today’s agricultural world is a complex environment. On any given operation around the country, growers in modern agriculture must effectively manage resistant weeds, comprehend advanced equipment technologies, and steward state-of-the-art herbicide chemistries.

Dec. 20, 2016
New Tech Targets Tough Weeds

Resistant weeds: two words growers don’t want to mention when discussing what’s growing in their fields. For many throughout the U.S., however, it’s a common statement. The International Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds has identified 16 weed species across 38 states that are resistant to glyphosate alone. In a time where the focus on higher yields has never been more important, the industry needs new technologies to control resistant weeds and help ensure profitability.

Nov. 23, 2016
Living Acres Initiative receives a High Commendation at Agrow Awards 2016

The Agrow Awards honor individuals and companies that have achieved high standards within the crop protection and agrochemical industry globally. At the 2016 Agrow Awards, BASF North America’s Living Acres initiative was recognized with a High Commendation in the Best Stewardship Programme category.

Nov. 23, 2016
Living Acres Initiative receives a High Commendation at Agrow Awards 2016

The Agrow Awards honor individuals and companies that have achieved high standards within the crop protection and agrochemical industry globally. At the 2016 Agrow Awards, BASF North America’s Living Acres initiative was recognized with a High Commendation in the Best Stewardship Programme category.

Nov. 09, 2016
Introducing Mara McGurl: Winner of the NAFB 2016 Grow Smart™ Scholarship Sponsored by BASF

Her passion for agriculture communication has taken her far, and it’s just the beginning. To recognize Mara McGurl for her commitment and leadership in agriculture, she was selected to receive the NAFB Grow Smart™ Scholarship sponsored by BASF. This one-time scholarship, managed by the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), provides financial support to students studying agricultural communications with a concentration in broadcast media.

Nov. 03, 2016
The Road to Registration

Long before a new BASF product reaches growers’ fields, it goes through a rigorous research and development process followed by a risk assessment from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To do this successfully, BASF invests $1.5 million in the agricultural research and development division every day to ensure compliance and efficacy at every step of the process.

Oct. 28, 2016
How to Store Milkweed Seeds

Whether you have mature milkweed growing in your backyard, have an avid milkweed-growing friend or know of a public patch of milkweed – fall is the time to harvest the seeds. While there are numerous online videos on how to harvest the seeds from mature milkweed pods, the question that arises is how to store these seeds until the appropriate planting time in spring.

Oct. 28, 2016
Living Acres Butterfly Garden at Farm Progress Show

At this year’s Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, attendees were greeted at the front gates with an unusual site: a patch of weeds. Not just any weeds, but milkweed, the plant needed by monarch butterflies to reproduce.

Oct. 28, 2016
Monarch Butterfly Population Numbers of 2016

Since 1993, butterfly researchers have been keeping records of the monarch population size. In 2013, an all-time low of 0.67 hectares (approximately 32 million monarchs) was documented. This record-setting low is likely the result of a cold period during the first three weeks of May 2013, which restricted movement of the monarchs into the northern breeding range.

Oct. 24, 2016
Research Farms Help Grow Our Knowledge Base

Every year, growers learn about new agricultural insights and recommendations for improving their operations and getting the most out of every acre. But where do these innovative ideas come from? The hard work and discoveries behind the future of agricultural innovations are summed up in two powerful letters: R&D.

Oct. 19, 2016
Drones: The Latest Must-Have for Farming

From self-driving tractors to new herbicide-tolerant cropping systems, ag tech constantly drives innovation on the farm. Some growers are taking tech to the skies with one of the latest trends — drones. A leading ag tech expert, Chad Colby, was recently featured on an episode of the “Grow Smart with BASF” podcast where he discussed how drones, or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), are influencing today’s farms.

Oct. 04, 2016
Get the Most of out of Harvest (And Do it Again Next Year)

The age-old phrase “time is money” may be best understood by today’s growers around harvest time. When factoring in current commodity prices, every minute spent with a combine in the field has crucial impact on profitability. While excess harvest time adds cost to an operation, inversely, an efficient harvest can turn to straight profit – an important realization for growers as they continue harvest this season and begin planning for next.

Oct. 04, 2016
Spider Mites Pressure Was Unpredictable This Season

This summer brought another parched growing season to the Central Valley of California. With a light snow pack, little rain and raging wildfires, growers had a lot to contend with. Hot, dry weather not only brings water-stressed trees, but also runaway spider mite populations.

Oct. 01, 2016
World Record Crop: Soybean Yields Reach New Heights on Dowdy Farm

With harvest officially underway, Randy Dowdy from Brooks County, Georgia, will remember this season for the rest of his life. Dowdy broke the six-year-standing soybean yield world record with his 2016 crop. Checking in at an impressive 171 bushels per acre, Dowdy significantly surpassed the previous soybean yield record of 160, set back in 2010.

Sep. 23, 2016
A History of Yielding Successful Seasons

We’ve heard it all – feeding a growing population, a global population of 9 billion by 2050, the ability to feed the world. However, no matter how many times we see the headline, the fact remains – crop production will need to double in the next 34 years to adequately sustain our population. Despite such a massive undertaking, crop protection companies and growers are taking on this challenge the soundest way they know how – one season at a time.

Sep. 23, 2016
World Record Beans: What Goes In and What Comes Out?

Two weeks ago, Georgia grower Randy Dowdy announced a bit of history at a press conference held by BASF. Dowdy broke a world yield record when he harvested 171 bushels per acre from his 2016 soybean crop. Considering the previous world record clocked in at a still-impressive 160 bushels per acre, it goes to show that we can continue pushing the envelope of a crop’s potential even further. Studying Dowdy’s accomplishment reveals what that process looks like.

Aug. 30, 2016
Southern Migration

The monarch migration is an annual occurrence that leaves many scientists and butterfly enthusiasts in awe, and for good reason. No other tropical butterfly travels as far as the monarch, which flies between 50 to 100 miles in a day. Monarchs are also the only butterfly species to make a two-way migration path.

Aug. 29, 2016
Living Acres: The Research

Over the last year, BASF has taken to the research fields to find the best practices for planting milkweed. The first trial took place during the summer of 2015 in Holly Springs, North Carolina. This initial study had one goal in mind: figure out how to grow milkweed.

Aug. 26, 2016
Maintaining Migration: What Matters When Planting for Pollinators

Each year, monarch butterflies take on an incredible journey in pursuit of survival. Millions of monarchs travel together to warmer regions like Mexico and California for the winter. Since many monarchs live in the Corn Belt, this trek can span across 3,000 miles. It’s easy to imagine that any monarch, that is traveling up to 100 miles per day, will build up quite the appetite along the way.

Aug. 24, 2016
Easy as Growing Weeds: Establishing Milkweed for Monarchs

Growing weeds, as you surely know, couldn’t be easier. So if you’re thinking about creating a milkweed refuge for monarch butterflies on your land, you’ll be glad to learn that maintaining the plants is as easy as, well, growing weeds.

Aug. 22, 2016
Native Milkweed and Where to Get It

The monarch butterfly population has been in a steep decline for the past 22 years. Luckily, one of the contributing factors to the decline – the loss of milkweed habitat, has an easy remedy that nearly every landowner can support. Simply by planting milkweed in non-cropland areas, farmers and garden hobbyists will contribute to the ongoing effort of increasing the monarch population.

Aug. 19, 2016
Where to Plant Milkweed

By identifying and planting milkweed in land not used for crops, American farmers can play a key role in maintaining and restoring the monarch population. Besides creating a habitat for butterflies, cultivating milkweed and nectar plants in non-crop areas provides a wide range of environmental benefits, including pollination and natural pest control.

Aug. 17, 2016
The Monarch Problem

The monarch migration through North America is a natural phenomenon. As the only butterfly that makes an annual two-way migration, the monarch has captured the attention of scientists and nature enthusiasts across the continent. Butterfly experts began keeping record of population sizes in 1993 and have since seen a 68 percent decline in numbers, leading to the question, “What is happening to the monarchs?”

Aug. 17, 2016
What is Living Acres?

The monarch butterfly is iconic to North American summers. Adults today can easily recognize this insect as memories flood back of excitedly huddling around a terrarium with fellow fourth-graders to watch a furry caterpillar turn into the mesmerizing adult butterfly. Generations of students have learned about the importance of this pollinator and the essential role it has in sustaining healthy ecosystems.

Aug. 15, 2016
Three Major Take-aways from the BASF Research Farm Plot Tour

On July 14, BASF hosted nearly 100 retailers and growers at its Seymour, Illinois, research farm for a tour of its research plots. The farm has 170 acres of field trials testing various products, seed varieties and techniques to provide the best agronomic insights for BASF customers.

Aug. 05, 2016
A Mid-Season Look at In-Furrow Technology

Many growers started off the 2016 season by planting crops earlier than average compared to past years. To help address the accompanying increased risk of disease and cold stress, numerous growers made an in-furrow fungicide application. For these growers now in mid-season, their application is still impacting their plants.

Aug. 01, 2016
Strong Start to Potato Growing Season

The potato crop is off to a great start in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. It is on track to be an excellent season with strong yields and good-looking spuds. The next month of growth will be a crucial time to keep the crop healthy and vibrant.

Jul. 22, 2016
Meet the Trainer: Dr. Mark Hanna

The advancement of agriculture relies on ingenuity and innovation: two subjects Dr. Mark Hanna knows all about. While researching anhydrous ammonia application and distribution at Iowa State University, Hanna and his colleagues discovered a novel way to improve how growers fertilize their crops. Their solution of uniformly distributing an often challenging liquid-gas mixture of ammonia through applicator lines has since helped growers reduce fertilizer input costs and environmental impact.

Jul. 20, 2016
Living Acres: New Resources to Preserve Monarch Butterflies

BASF recognizes that farmers are uniquely positioned to help increase milkweed habitat for monarch butterflies. This insight led to the launch of Living Acres, a research and education initiative dedicated to finding best practices for establishing milkweed refuges in non-cropland areas.

Jul. 05, 2016
Increase the Efficiency of Your Peanut Fungicide

Peanut growers are continually exploring ways to handle the seasonal threat of foliar and soil borne diseases. Foliar borne disease, commonly known as leaf spot, causes the peanut plant to develop brown lesions on the leaf.

Jun. 30, 2016
Protecting Strawberries from Spider Mites

“The first months of growth are the most important for a strawberry plant,” said Katherine Walker, Technical Service Representative, BASF. “In that time frame, you want to keep the plants as healthy as possible to maximize yield potential and profitability.”

Jun. 28, 2016
Forecasting Disease on Your Operation

Every grower would love a crystal ball. Seeing into the future of a season would allow for problem-solving before an issue even arose. Risks would fade away, and yields would reach new heights. Luckily, when it comes to crop disease, predicting a field’s fortune is not all that far-fetched. By making observations and following a few steps, growers can begin to forecast disease outbreaks that face their own operations.

Jun. 27, 2016
Three Recommendations for a Successful Aerial Application

Before a pesticide application can take to the skies, growers must lay out some groundwork. A successful aerial application requires careful planning, coordination and attention to detail. To help make the process a little easier, Dr. Gary Fellows, Manager, Technical Marketing for BASF, offers three recommendations for growers looking to get the most out of their aerial applications.

Jun. 20, 2016
A Future Giant in the Seed Industry

As recognition for his accomplishments in the seed industry, Justin Clark, Technical Market Specialist with BASF, has been selected as Seed World’s annual Future Giant of the Seed Industry.

Jun. 13, 2016
A Grower's Guide to Adjuvants

When it comes to crop protection, there’s no shortage of factors for growers to consider. Leading up to every pesticide application, growers make a series of decisions – from nozzle types to tank mixes – in pursuit of effective pest control. One such decision is whether or not to incorporate a spray adjuvant, and if so, which is the right match for each particular situation.

May. 25, 2016
Varisto Herbicide Receives Registration for Use in Select Crops

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently registered BASF’s Varisto® herbicide.

May. 23, 2016
Spider Mites 101

There are several types of mites that can infest an almond orchard and wreak havoc during the growing season. Spider mites are among the most problematic in almonds. Scouting and controlling this pest will help you protect almond yields and tree health for future seasons.

May. 20, 2016
Meet the trainer: Dr. Robert E. Wolf

Dr. Robert E. Wolf remembers the day he filled the room at a Weed Science Society meeting with people eager to hear the results of pioneering research. Wolf presented field trial data from one of the first studies on precision nozzles for pesticide spraying. Fellow researchers, growers and others in the industry wanted to know the capabilities of the new spray technology.

May. 10, 2016
Study Up on Agronomics with Grow Smart™ University

A new, online educational resource, Grow Smart™ University, connects growers and other industry professionals with agronomic and agribusiness content. Launched by BASF, Grow Smart University offers an extensive library of farm management information, making it easier and faster to find helpful materials online.

Apr. 29, 2016
Corn and soybeans get into ground early in Plant ‘16

Above-average national temperatures have many growers getting ahead of schedule in corn and soybean planting. The USDA recently found that in the U.S., 30 percent of corn and 3 percent of soybeans have been planted. Compared to the five-year averages of 16 percent in corn and 2 percent in soybeans by late April, reports from 2016 show an assuring start to the season.

Apr. 29, 2016
Protecting Seed Technology and Investment

In today’s seed industry, ensuring that growers get the most out of seed-applied technologies is essential.

Apr. 28, 2016
Planning to Lower Your Risk in 2016

Managing risk is just part of being a farmer. Helping farmers manage risk part of being a crop protection partner, and that is exactly what BASF is doing with its Grow Smart approach. 

Apr. 22, 2016
Setting Crops Up for Success with In-Furrow Technologies

As growers discuss early-season farming practices with peers and retailers, they may notice more conversation around in-furrow technology. To explain how growers can use this technology to help realize higher yields with a stronger start to the season, BASF joined West Central, a Minnesota-based wholesale distributor, in creating the Leaders of In-Furrow Technology (LIFT) program.

Apr. 22, 2016
Weeds to Watch in 2016 and How to Get Ahead of Them

Palmer amaranth confirmed its infamous reputation among growers, thanks to a recent study from the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA). The 2015 survey administered by WSSA found Palmer amaranth to be the most troublesome weed in the U.S., leading a pack that also includes morningglory, lambsquarters, waterhemp and horseweed in the top five. Daniel Waldstein, Technical Marketing Manager, BASF, predicts a similar story for 2016.

Apr. 19, 2016
2016 Almond Growers See Extended Fungicide Application Timing

The transition to wet, warm weather in California will require growers to change their approach to fungicide applications this season. 

Apr. 13, 2016
2016 Discovering Lost Yield Potential in Soybeans

When it comes to today’s seed treatment industry, having growers get the most out of their investment is the name of the game.

Apr. 11, 2016
On Target Application Academy Continues Grower Education in 2016

For the fourth consecutive year, the On Target Application Academy (OTAA) is bringing growers into the classroom to extend their knowledge about best practices for effective and safe herbicide application. As applicators gear up for the start of the growing season, extensive, hands-on trainings are being held across the country to demonstrate the ins-and-outs of nozzle technology, nozzle calibration and best practices for mitigating drift.

Apr. 08, 2016
BASF submits regulatory dossier for its newest insecticide active ingredient, Inscalis

BASF announced today the regulatory dossier submission for a new insecticide active ingredient, Inscalis™. Inscalis is the pioneer solution from a novel chemical class, the pyropenes, offering an alternative mode of action for the control of key insect pests and providing an essential tool to farmers for use in resistance and integrated pest management programs. Inscalis controls critical piercing and sucking insect pests such as aphids, whiteflies, psyllids, scales, and leafhoppers. First registration dossiers were submitted to the authorities in the U.S. and Canada for use on a wide range of crops such as vegetables, fruit, row crops, and ornamentals.

Apr. 06, 2016
New "Grow Smart™ with BASF” Podcast Connects Growers with Industry News and Stories

Growers can now listen to the latest updates on agricultural innovations, best practices and trends with a new podcast, “Grow Smart™ with BASF.” Podcast co-hosts Donnarie Hales, BASF Communications Manager, and Nick Fassler, BASF Market Manager, bring years of agriculture experience and deep industry knowledge to their conversations with industry experts. Episodes are available for streaming or download on the “Grow Smart with BASF” podcast webpage and iTunes.

Mar. 25, 2016
100 Bushel Acre Challenge

Ben Daily and his family are well-known throughout the southern Indiana area. Fifth-generation family farmers, the Dailys are a progressive group, farming corn, soybeans and wheat on their land.

Mar. 17, 2016
BASF submits regulatory dossier to European Union for new fungicide

BASF has submitted the regulatory dossier for a new active ingredient, Revysol® fungicide, to the European Union (EU). Revysol fungicide, part of the triazole (SBI) chemical class, is expected to be a new fungicide that will play a major part in resistance management. Research of Revysol fungicide shows biological performance against difficult-to-control pathogens in row and specialty crops.

Mar. 15, 2016
BASF joins Nation in Celebration of National Ag Day

Today is the celebration of National Ag Day, a national recognition of American farmers whose hard work and dedication caring for land produces food for millions.

Mar. 04, 2016
Valuable Lessons for 2016 from BASF’s Risk Management Panel

A farmer once said that a thousand things have to go right for a crop to be successful, but only one thing has to go wrong for a crop to fail. With all the ups and downs in agriculture over the past decade, it’s easy for growers to feel uncertain about upcoming seasons. Commodity price and currency fluctuations, weather uncertainty and steeper global competition have all put pressure on farm financials at one time or another. The good news for 2016 is that despite these challenges, growers can still increase their odds of success with proper planning.

Mar. 03, 2016
Science Behind Living Acres Recap

BASF hosted its 10th annual signature media event at Commodity Classic on March 2. This year’s event, the Science Behind Living Acres, took place at the Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium in New Orleans. Attendees were treated to valuable information on sustainability and biodiversity, an update on Living Acres research and received a private tour through the butterfly garden.

Feb. 23, 2016
Armezon® PRO Herbicide: 47 Days of Residual Activity

Armezon® PRO herbicide is the new kid on the block in the mission to control emerged grass and broadleaf weeds. Backed by years of research and development, it received full EPA registration in the fall of 2015.

Feb. 23, 2016
Behind the Scenes of a Corn Yield Contest Win

Growers are always challenging themselves to get higher yields, but every year the National Corn Growers Association raises the stakes. The National Corn Yield Contest, sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), encourages entrants to push the limits of their acreage and not only improve personal bottom lines, but advance the industry as a whole. The 8,000 entries in 2015 show the competition’s popularity, but what does it take to win? According to contest winner Matt Kludt, the secret is taking care of the crop from start to finish.

Feb. 19, 2016
A Decade of Support for Future Agriculture Leaders

This year marks the 10th anniversary of BASF sponsoring scholarship programs at Commodity Classic. BASF, along with leading commodity associations, is committed to supporting the future of the agriculture industry by investing in its greatest resource: people.

Feb. 17, 2016
Native Milkweed: Variety Matters

There are over 100 species of milkweed varieties native to the U.S. and Canada. Monarch butterflies need these warm-season perennial plants for reproduction, as a place to lay their eggs and provide food for the larvae. Frequently seen indigenous milkweed species include common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) and green milkweed (Asclepias curassavica). Aptly named, common milkweed is the most frequently utilized by monarchs; studies have shown that 90 percent of monarchs tested during overwintering in Mexico fed on common milkweed during their larval stage.

Feb. 10, 2016
El Niño’s effects on California’s mite population

The El Niño weather phenomenon will likely cause wet and rainy conditions in California this growing season, but that does not mean spider mites will be completely eradicated from orchards and fields. Spider mites winter in the bark of trees or vines through the dormant season and spring back into action when foliage reappears with warmer weather.

Feb. 03, 2016
Three BASF Products Receive Honors from No-Till Farmers in 2016

BASF was recognized as the winner of two ‘Product of the Year’ awards and one runner up by no-till farmers. The awards were announced at the 24th annual National No-Tillage Conference.

Jan. 26, 2016
Increased early planting calls for increased seedling protection in corn

The potential of early planting is something every grower looks forward to each season. When feasible, early planting can help growers produce stronger, more established plants sooner in the season, which can prove to be especially vital in corn crops. Planting as early as possible in the spring also maximizes yield potential at harvest.

Jan. 19, 2016
Wheat Yield Contest Highlights Sustainable Practices

The National Wheat Yield Contest will be conducted for the first time in 20 years, and winners will be announced nationally at the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas. The contest consists of two primary competition categories: winter and spring wheat. All state wheat organization grower-members are encouraged to participate.

Jan. 18, 2016
BASF Celebrates another Successful Year with Seed Partners at ASTA

In December, BASF celebrated another successful year in seed treatments with industry partners at ASTA CSS 2015 & Seed Expo.

Jan. 15, 2016
Paul Rea A life of agriculture

Paul Rea, Senior Vice President of BASF Crop Protection North America was born and raised on a farm in New Zealand. Agriculture has always been a big part of his life. This lifelong commitment to agriculture and international experiences have prepared him to lead the North American crop division as the company embarks on its next 150 years of innovation.

Dec. 14, 2015
The Pros and Cons of Cover Crops

With fall harvest complete, some growers are shifting their focus to cover crops, while others are cautious about planting them. According to Kaleb Hellwig, Innovation Specialist for BASF, one of the largest barriers keeping growers from planting cover crops is the difficulty measuring return on investment. “It’s hard to calculate a monetary value for what the return on investment will be, and that’s tough for some growers to stomach, especially in a tight financial year.”

Dec. 14, 2015
Quick Tips: Proactive Disease Control

With land and planting prep at the top of most to-do lists come spring, proactive fungicide planning is sometimes forgotten – giving diseases such as Northern Corn Leaf Blight (NCLB) and common rust ample time to infect crops.

Dec. 09, 2015
Will This Winter Experience the Strongest El Niño in 18 Years?

El Niño is here and it’s huge, according to Bill Patzert, a climatologist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as told to the Los Angeles Times on November 16, 2015.

Dec. 04, 2015
Chris Soules, Prince Farming, Speaks at 2015 EWA conference

As an Iowa farmer and former star of the hit show “The Bachelor,” Chris Soules has become a well-known advocate for agriculture, helping consumers understand where their food comes from. Soules spoke at the 2015 Executive Women in Agriculture conference about life on the farm and in the spotlight.

Dec. 01, 2015
Quick Tips: Weather & Fungicides

Amid harsh weather conditions or a late planting season, fungal diseases can quickly take over a grower’s acres, negatively impacting both crop health and yield potential.

Nov. 06, 2015
Introducing Samantha Capoun: Winner of the NAFB 2015 Grow Smart Scholarship Sponsored by BASF!

Her mission is to teach the world the importance of American agriculture, and she’s already well on her way. Samantha Capoun is dedicated to agriculture in every aspect of her life—making her an easy choice to receive the 2015 Grow Smart™ Scholarship Sponsored by BASF. This one-time scholarship, managed by the National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB), provides financial support to students studying agricultural communications with a concentration in broadcast media.

Oct. 30, 2015
The Benefits of an Efficient Harvest

For growers, harvest is one of the most significant events of the year. It’s the culmination of months of sun-up to sun-down dedication to crops to ensure there is a successful yield—and it’s also a time when efficiency can be the difference between a good year and a great year.

Oct. 16, 2015
World Food Day 2015 #AgChat

On October 16, people around the globe celebrated World Food Day, an action day against hunger around the globe. The theme for Global World Food Day 2015 was Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty.

Sep. 28, 2015
Stewardship Best Practices

Understanding how to achieve the most effective and sustainable weed control possible is critical, especially when incorporating new weed control technologies into a crop protection portfolio. That is why BASF developed the On Target Application Academy, a hands-on educational experience for growers, agronomists and other applicators.

Sep. 21, 2015
"The Bachelor Farmer" to present at EWA

Women are an important thread in the fabric of American agriculture. Today, women make up more than 30% of farm operators! More young women are returning to the farm to manage human resources, financial reporting, record keeping, as well as production and technology areas on working farms.

Aug. 31, 2015
Efficiency In Agriculture – Protecting a Grower’s Bottom Line

Farming and uncertainty go hand-in-hand. Volatile elements in agriculture such as weather, yields, commodity prices, government policies, land management and equipment maintenance place growers in a world of ambiguity each season. Unfortunately for growers, where there’s uncertainty, there’s risk.

Aug. 27, 2015
On Target Application Academy: By the Numbers

Since the earliest days of agriculture, farmers have been locked in a constant battle with weeds.

Aug. 27, 2015
California Drought: A Perfect Storm for Mites?

Spider mites are the most common mite pests in backyard gardens and commercial orchards alike.

Jul. 29, 2015
BASF and the National Wheat Foundation Announce Yield Contest

Over the past decade, the U.S. wheat sector has faced many challenges including a weak domestic market and the decline of more than 30 million acres of harvested area since the glory days in 1981.

Jul. 16, 2015
BASF Celebrates 150th Anniversary in Chicago

As part of the celebration of BASF's 150th anniversary, BASF hosted a Science Symposium in Chicago in June 2015 to address one of the world’s pressing future challenges: sustainable food.

Jul. 15, 2015
Fungicide Applications: The Time is Now

NCGA Yield Contest winners gear up for fungicide applications on their corn acres

Jul. 15, 2015
Apply Fungicide Like a Champ

NCGA Yield Contest winners gear up for fungicide applications on their corn acres…

Mar. 19, 2015
Education is Important in Consumer Appreciation of Seed Improvement

Food and agriculture dialogue today is heavily weighted toward what is purchased in grocery stores and placed on dinner tables across the country. Not often do you find consumers talking about food issues related to crop seed and seed technology.

Mar. 10, 2015
Industry Buzz: BASF Crop Protection Joins the Honey Bee Health Coalition

BASF has joined the Honey Bee Health Coalition, a growing and diverse group focused on improving the health of honey bees in North America. As a member, BASF will work with other Coalition members to improve bee health and protect the future of honey bees and the food supply.

“Honey bees play a critical role in the agriculture industry as many important crops, such as almonds, apples, tomatoes and alfalfa, rely on honey bee and other native and managed pollinators,” said Maximillian Safarpour, director, government and regulatory affairs with BASF. “We look forward to working with the Coalition’s network of members to continue improving honey bee health in North America.”

Feb. 16, 2015
Navigating Uncertainties in Your Farming Operation

For all the projections, forecasts and analytics that allow you to make smarter decisions, you’re still subjected to a significant amount of risk and uncertainty every growing season.

You don’t know if a crop price will drop or rise. You can’t be certain if a drought or a flood will devastate your crops. You aren’t sure what commodity prices will do, whether the weather will cooperate. The difference between a successful season and an unsuccessful season is often a matter of one thing going wrong, even when everything else goes right.

While you can’t predict the future, you can prepare for it. That means proactively confronting and managing the various risks and uncertainties that can creep into nearly every grower’s operations.

Jan. 21, 2015
BASF Crop Protection Products Receive Industry Accolades

Three BASF crop protection products, Xanthion In-furrow fungicide, Headline AMP® fungicide and Sharpen® herbicide, were recently awarded top honors by agricultural trade media and growers.

Jan. 08, 2015
BASF Supports Feeding America

Agriculture is the heart of the BASF Crop Production business, and ensuring the agriculture industry thrives and that people have enough food to eat, is one of our top priorities. Feeding America provides food to people in need, which aligns well with the beliefs of BASF.


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