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History of the Agricultural Center Limburgerhof

At BASF we have been supporting food production and farmers for more than 110 years. Explore the milestones of our history.

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Fertilizer and Nitrogen Milestones

Nitrogen from the factory on the field. In order to put this revolutionary development to the test in practice, BASF opened a research site in Limburgerhof in 1914. The rest is history and a success story. The Agricultural Research Station dedicated all its attention to this innovative technology and stimulated the development of the entire company. Today, it is a modern research center, operating as the Agricultural Center Limburgerhof.

1914

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Gamechanger

More food for the world’s population

With ammonia synthesis, BASF creates the basis for the industrial production of mineral fertilizers – and thus for higher yields.

1927

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World premiere

Easy to spread and full of nutrients

BASF launches Nitrophoska, the first homogeneous compound fertilizer.

Today

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Highest efficiency

Less emissions, more yield

BASF promotes nitrogen management with its Vizura® and Limus® stabilizers.

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Crop Protection Milestones

End of the 1940s

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Groundbreaking

New approach in the fields

BASF initiates the era of chemical crop protection with the herbicide U46.  

1974

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International

Entering new markets

The selective herbicide Basagran® is also effective in rice and soybeans. The growth regulator Pix® scores in cotton – and promotes the development of BASF’s agricultural division in the USA.

1993 - today

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Successful

30 excellent years!

Our solutions and products such as fungicides, herbicides and insecticides are in great demand among farmers.

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Seeds & Traits Milestones

1992

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All clear!

Securing the future, even with traditional breeding

The Clearfield® production system combines herbicides with herbicide-tolerant seeds – for corn, oilseed rape and sunflowers, for example.

1995

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Strong, stronger, Stoneville

What genetic engineering can do

Stoneville® introduces BXN, the world’s first genetically modified cotton variety resistant to the herbicide bromoxynil.

Since 2018

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Supreme seeds!

Expanding the product portfolio

BASF establishes a new global business for seeds and traits with brands such as Nunhems® (vegetables), InVigor® (canola), Credenz® (soybeans) as well as FiberMax® and Stoneville® (cotton).

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Digital Milestones

2000

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Simply digital

Welcome to the digital future

xarvio® Digital Farming Solutions help to manage fields more efficiently and sustainably. Just as it should be: very simple.

2017

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This can be managed

Solutions - smart and solid

Farmers can optimize their crop production with xarvio® FIELD MANAGER – reliably and efficiently.

2023

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(Almost) incredibly ingenious!

Precision through cooperation

Detect weeds in milliseconds and treat them efficiently and precisely at once – ONE SMART SPRAY takes weed control to a new level. The smart solution is the result of a joint venture with Bosch. Two experienced global players for maximum precision and efficiency!

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Holistic Solutions in Focus

In the 21 century

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A changing world

From a single product to a complete solution

Climate change, changing consumer behavior, increased regulatory pressure: BASF no longer just focuses on products, but develops first integrated solutions to grow crops more sustainably and successful.

2013

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Thinking further and broader

Protect and revitalize

The products of the AgCelence® umbrella brand combine effective plant protection with improved plant physiology. The benefits: plants are healthier, stronger and more stress-resistant.

Today

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Solutions fit for the future

Much more than crop protection

BASF Agricultural Solutions is a leader in seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control, sustainability models and digital farming.

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