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innovations across its whole portfolio. The company says this combination allows farmers to achieve better yield on existing arable land, while supporting biodiversity preservation. Last November, BASF and Bosch signed a joint venture agreement to globally market and sell smart farming solutions from a single source. Through this joint venture, the companies plan to launch the Smart Spraying solution, a new technology that recognizes weeds and allows precise application of herbicides, thereby maximizing productive land use and reducing environmental impact by lowering the volume of herbicides applied. In addition, a new outcome-based business model, xarvio HEALTHY FIELDS, provides farmers with a tailored, optimized field and season-specific crop protection strategy, enabling them to achieve agreed yield forecasts. BASF says that in this way, the company is answering modern farming challenges, the requirements of society and political action plans, and contributing to more sustainable farming. BASF’s connected offer further extends the development of herbicide-tolerant traits and chemical crop protection tailored to these traits. Combined with solutions to control weeds before they emerge, these enable no-till farming, which leads to less CO2


released from the soil,


reduces soil erosion and promotes humus buildup.


Meeting growing demand for sustainably produced food To continuously steer the product portfolio towards even more sustainable solutions, BASF is applying the Sustainable Solution Steering method in the early stages of research and development: “The R&D approach to agricultural solutions has fundamentally changed in the past two decades. We are successfully driving sustainable innovations by focusing equally on the future needs of farmers, society, and the environment,” says Peter Eckes, President Bioscience Research at BASF.


Agrochemicals


The production facility for the carboxamide plant protectant Xemium at BASF’s Ludwigshafen Verbund site. BASF research teams have developed a high-performance active ingredient that helps farmers worldwide to control fungal diseases in various crops including soybean rust and septoria in cereals. This highly efficient fungicide ensures consistently high yields for farmers. Pictured is plant operator Philipp Krämer during an inspection tour of the production facility.


The company’s advanced insecticides portfolio is one example of successful Sustainable Solution Steering. The Axalion active ingredient developed by BASF is the company’s latest sustainable solution insecticide and, with its novel mode of action, is helping farmers safeguard their yield without negatively impacting soil and water organisms or birds. When applied according to the respective label instructions, Axalion based products will not impact beneficial insects and also helps prevent insecticide resistance. Other examples from the company’s portfolio include recently launched, regionally tailored products based on Inscalis for North and South America and Asia as well as first registrations globally of Broflanilide in South America and Asia.


New seed varieties from BASF help farmers produce enough healthy and affordable food in an environmentally friendly way. For example, the company’s latest spinach seeds varieties


Agricultural solutions from BASF


BASF says that with a rapidly growing population, the world is increasingly dependent on the ability to develop and maintain sustainable agriculture and healthy environments and that by working with farmers, agricultural professionals, pest management experts and others, it is the company’s role to help make this possible which is why it is investing in a strong R&D pipeline and broad product portfolio. The company’s products include seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming. With expert teams in the lab, field, office and in production, BASF says it connects innovative thinking and down-to-earth action to create real world ideas that work for farmers, society and the planet. In 2020, the Agricultural Solutions division of BASF generated sales of €7.7 billion.


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are resistant to downy mildew, one of the most destructive fungal diseases. They prevent complete crop loss, cover all growing seasons, and have a significant market share in fresh organic spinach. These features offer added value for growers, processors, retailers and consumers.


BASF is also investing in research on indoor


growing systems, such as growing lettuce in hydroponic systems. These require less land, save water compared to traditional open-field cultivation, and reduce the need for conventional crop protection. This indoor technology allows lettuce to be grown regardless of geographic location, so it can be produced closer to the consumer, avoiding long transport distances and reducing associated emissions.


Further Information W: www.aginnovation.basf.com W: www.agriculture.basf.com


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