March 21, 2017
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.
The BASF production site, which is currently the only dicamba manufacturing facility in the U.S., received $270 million in capital improvements during the past three years – providing an economic boost locally and greater access to dicamba for farmers nationally.
BASF has more than 50 years of technical experience with the active ingredient dicamba and today is the market leader in global dicamba supply.
“With the changing agricultural market, growers are demanding the newest and most effective technologies to drive yields and increase profitability,” said Paul Rea, Senior Vice President, Crop Protection, BASF North America. “BASF responded to growers’ needs. We made significant production investments to deliver effective solutions that help farmers manage weed resistance and produce higher yields.”
BASF will invest nine percent of sales (nearly $2 million a day) in research to bring new crop protection products to market. BASF’s newest innovation, Engenia™ herbicide, is an increasingly important solution for a complete weed control system.
Engenia herbicide features BAPMA salt, a completely new dicamba molecule, and is a reliable option following a residual herbicide. Designed specifically for dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton, the formulation contains a heavier weight and stronger bond relative to DGA and DMA dicamba formulations. The advancements in formulation and application reduce volatility and off-target movement of the dicamba molecule.
“With the changing weed resistance landscape, we expect the demand for dicamba and herbicides like Engenia to increase,” said Thomas Bereswill, Director, BASF AP Manufacturing Americas. “The Beaumont facility will be critical to help us meet this need. The expansion not only serves our customers, but our community, as well. We were able to hire 700 contractors in addition to the current 175 on-site employees to complete the project on time.”
BASF has invested an additional $290 million in expansion projects at eight of its other North American agricultural production facilities, including its Hannibal, Miss., and Sparks, Ga., sites.
As a global crop protection leader, BASF is committed to meeting the increasing dicamba demand by providing innovative solutions that meet the current and future needs of growers.