BASF has been producing agricultural chemicals for 100 years and its 50-year-old dicamba active is now the new kid on the herbicide block.
With the emergence of Engenia herbicide, a new dicamba formulation targeted to Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybean seed technology, the crop protection company is touting a product pipeline with a little ‘old’ and a lot of ‘new.’
In this interview, BASF’s Crop Protection Marketing Manager Julia Harnal says Engenia, which boasts lower volatility than previous dicamba formulations, will add new herbicide tolerance to Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans. “We added the experience we have now, compared to 50 years ago, to an existing active and we’re really happy because it adds to the toolbox for growers. And it goes along well with new seed technologies.”
Harnal explains that BASF has also built a stewardship package for Engenia, including sprayer speed recommendations, water volume and droplet size, that’s designed to help growers minimize risk and maximize opportunity.
Harnal says BASF estimates the value of new products expected to emerge from its pipeline at $3 billion. She notes that farmers can expect to see innovations coming for all major Canadian crops.