Featured Stories

Jan. 09, 2018
A participant’s perspective on the #MonarchChallenge

A BASF rep noticed Andy Herring’s interest in pollinator populations and introduced him to the Monarch Challenge, led by BASF’s sustainability initiative, Living Acres. Launched last year, the Monarch Challenge encourages growers and farm families to plant milkweed in non-crop areas of their land to aid monarch butterflies in their migration.

Jan. 09, 2018
Fighting hunger nationwide

Feeding the world is the main mission of those involved in agriculture, and BASF is no exception — from helping farmers grow smart to working to end hunger in the communities they serve.

Jan. 09, 2018
Making Hay the Grow Smart™ Way

As a perennial crop, alfalfa presents unique challenges for growers. No matter how many years alfalfa plants have been in a field, structural crop integrity is key with the multiple cuttings that take place each season.

Jan. 09, 2018
Investing in the future of agriculture

It was a busy year for BASF’s U.S. Crop Protection division. While the company had plenty to talk about when it came to topics such as disease control and weed resistance, BASF employees were hard at work ensuring the future of agriculture is filled with dedicated, bright and passionate leaders.

Jan. 09, 2018
Keeping the creepy crawlers away

When it comes to keeping unwanted insects away from corn, there are multiple strategies growers can follow, whether it be tackling the problem from above the soil or beneath it. BASF Technical Marketing Manager Paula Halabicki shares her thoughts on how to manage pesky soil borne critters.

Dec. 07, 2017
Have you thanked your aerial applicator today?

As many growers throughout the country rely on agriculture pilots to help make on target applications, BASF supports aerial applicators with scholarships and safety education efforts.

Dec. 07, 2017
For plants, the best defense is a good offense

Each grower may have their own definition of success, but regardless of the definition, growers still need to develop a crop management plan that has a good offense and defense.

Dec. 07, 2017
Taking wheat yields to the limit

From increased education and field trials to industry yield contests, BASF has been involved in helping wheat growers achieve success. This includes recent involvement in two industry initiatives.

Dec. 07, 2017
How to be elite with wheat

Recently, BASF sponsored an event focused solely on wheat production, where attendees were able to learn from growers and industry professionals on how to contribute to the profitability of their operation.

Dec. 07, 2017
The flu shot for plants

Biologicals have huge potential in agriculture, and the benefits they offer are constantly being researched. Specifically, biologicals are naturally occurring organisms, plant extracts or organic substances. They complement conventional chemical seed treatments to help enhance plant vigor and stand establishment.

Nov. 20, 2017
Taking the guesswork out of decision-making

Farming is going digital, and growers have a number of data sources and tools available at their fingertips. Earlier this year, BASF acquired ZedX, a company that develops agronomic weather, crop and pest models that can rapidly translate data into insights for more efficient agricultural production.

Nov. 20, 2017
Prevailing over potato pests

Despite a late start this year, most potato growers faced minimal disease pressures and powered through harvest with good qualities and yields. Now that 2017 is coming to an end, attention must be turned to the possibility of diseases and pesky weeds in 2018.

Nov. 07, 2017
Six things growers need to know about Zidua SC herbicide

Growers in the U.S. have a new solution in the fight against resistant weeds: Zidua® SC (Suspension Concentrate) herbicide. Zidua SC herbicide offers the same long-lasting weed control as Zidua herbicide, but in an improved SC liquid formulation.

Nov. 07, 2017
Putting innovation in the driver’s seat

BASF was feeling lucky on Friday, October 13, as they company announced an expanded herbicide portfolio and is entrance into the seed market, with the acquisition of significant parts of Bayer's seed and non-selective herbicide businesses.

Nov. 07, 2017
Giving cereal crops the stamina they need to thrive

Using seed treatments on cereal crops is a key component for staying a step ahead of Mother Nature to make sure plants have the season-long protection they need to flourish. To that end, the newly-released Stamina® F4 Cereals fungicide seed treatment helps to provide growers with a faster start at planting and a stronger finish at harvest.

Nov. 07, 2017
Potato growers benefit from not planting potatoes

There are plenty of complex topics potato growers need to understand to run a profitable business, but when it comes to outputs there are two simple measures of success growers strive for that are easy to understand – high yields and high quality.

Oct. 11, 2017
BASF fights hunger with three modes of action

Last month, BASF joined the fight against hunger by participating in Hunger Action Month in partnership with Feeding America. To kick off the month, the company donated $75,000 to Feeding America’s National Produce Program.

Oct. 11, 2017
Saving the Monarch Butterfly: One milkweed at a time

Laura Vance, Biology Project Leader for Soil Management at BASF, encourages anyone interested in helping the monarchs to create a milkweed habitat of their own. She shares some helpful tips to get started.

Oct. 11, 2017
The Scott Kay Listening Tour stops at the Farm Progress Show

The Farm Progress Show brings together professionals from all over the country to learn about the latest and greatest innovations in the agriculture industry. During this year’s show, Scott Kay, BASF Vice President for U.S. Crop Protection, met with Illinois grower Grant Strom to learn about his experience with Engenia® herbicide.

Sep. 26, 2017
BASF expert take: crop desiccation best practices

Before harvest season comes to an end, there may be a need for final herbicide applications. BASF’s Technical Service Representative Ken Diebert has a few pointers on making a successful crop desiccation application.

Sep. 26, 2017
Almond harvest insights

As consumer appetite for almonds continues to grow, almond growers are going nuts this harvest season as a result of favorable growth conditions and increased acreage.

Sep. 26, 2017
BASF submits new Revysol fungicide for North American registration

For farmers, there is no silver bullet for managing disease in their fields. However, a new tool from BASF will offer specialty and row crop growers a disease control option that can help with a wide range of crops and diseases.

Sep. 14, 2017
BASF expands Canadian facility to meet growing demand for biologicals

BASF announced the expansion of its manufacturing facilities in Saskatoon for biological inoculants production.

Sep. 14, 2017
#DirtRoadTour

A love-hate relationship on the open road with Rob Sharkey and Donnarie Hales.

Sep. 14, 2017
Putting customers first

How BASF develops solutions with growers in mind.

Aug. 29, 2017
Grower to grower: Advice on applying Engenia herbicide on dicamba-tolerant soybeans

Growers Perry Galloway of Arkansas and Scott Dauk of Minnesota both opted to plant dicamba-tolerant soybeans this year after dealing with water hemp, pigweed and giant ragweed. This led them to apply Engenia® herbicide to help manage these troublesome weeds. Problems with other herbicides were prevalent on Scott’s 1,800-acre farm.

Aug. 29, 2017
Wheat seed treatment: Maintaining yields through cold tolerance

Crops combat a number of issues to remain healthy. For cereal growers in the Northern Plains and throughout the Midwest, adding a seed treatment and fungicide to the tank mix not only aids in the plant health of their crops, but also helps to combats diseases, from Rhizoctonia to common smut. But what does plant health really mean, and what benefits do plants receive from wheat seed applications?

Aug. 28, 2017
Tips for scouting, controlling black dot

Because black dot infects potato plants relatively early in the season and symptoms generally do not appear until late in the growing season, potato growers must always be prepared.

Aug. 18, 2017
Recognizing Temperature Inversions

Mother Nature influences everything in farming—including herbicide application. This is in part thanks to a weather phenomenon called a temperature inversion, and working in the right weather conditions is essential for achieving on-target application.

Aug. 18, 2017
From nozzle tech to tank-mixes: dicamba advancements continue

The herbicide landscape continues to change as growers receive additional options for nozzle and tank-mix partners with new dicamba products. One product available to growers is Engenia® herbicide from BASF.

Aug. 18, 2017
Herbicide-resistant weeds have a tougher opponent this growing season

Over the past several years, the task of managing herbicide-resistant weeds has intensified as weeds have grown bigger, faster and stronger, with glyphosate-resistant weeds identified on more than two-thirds of U.S. crop fields.

Aug. 15, 2017
An expert take: fall burndown

With summer on its last legs, wheat growers across the country are harvesting their winter wheat and preparing their fields for planting, including making burndown applications.

Aug. 15, 2017
In the field with Scott Kay

With an open ear and an open mind, Scott Kay, BASF Vice President of U.S. Crop, is traveling the country and meeting with growers on a more personal level.

Jul. 31, 2017
Puzzle pieces: the art of succession planning

Second generation. Third generation. Fourth. Fifth. Many farms today have quite the legacy, and growing these legacies through the years took dedication and passion. Now, to continue their growth, farm leaders must review the road ahead and plan for future generations.

Jul. 31, 2017
Integrated Pest Management Resources for Almond Growers

In the heart of the growing season, an almond grower's most trusted counsel is their Pest Control Advisor.

Jul. 28, 2017
Young farmer fills big shoes

As the millennial generation continues to age, more and more are entering the workforce, and the ag industry is no exception. One millennial who is already filling the shoes of the growers before him is James Wray of Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Jul. 26, 2017
From crop protection to malaria prevention: BASF insecticide helps to save lives

For growers across the country, insecticides are familiar friends in the fight against troublesome pests – and dependable yield savers. But for millions of people in malaria-prone countries, an agricultural insecticide active ingredient – chlorfenapyr – may be nothing short of a lifesaver.

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.

 

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