Cereals are leading crops in the cultivation of arable land. In 2013, farmers grew wheat on over 218 million hectares (ha) and barley on almost 50 million ha worldwide. The largest regional producers of wheat are Asia (44 %) and Europe (32 %), while Europe (62 %) is also the single largest producer of barley.
Successful cereals farmers work hard to maximize their yields. So do we.
To operate successfully, cereal farmers need consistent quality and high yields, but weeds, pests and disease can threaten that success. A growing problem for cereal farmers is the development of resistance to commonly-used herbicides and fungicides. Fortunately, our innovative products help farmers to control these problems effectively.
For example, used on its own or in a mixture with glyphosate, our advanced herbicide product Kixor® is applied prior to crop planting for fast and complete burndown of over 80 different weeds, including those resistant to glyphosate. BASF has traditionally led the way in the search for new active ingredients to combat fungal diseases in cultivated plants. Our next-generation fungicide Xemium® not only controls a broad range of fungi in cereals but also boasts a unique mobility in the whole plant, providing immediate and long-lasting protection.
To meet higher standards of environmental protection and the need to feed a growing population, BASF is constantly working on new solutions going beyond traditional crop protection. Our AgCelence® products provide various benefits for cereals, including higher yields, improved marketable quality, increased production efficiency and increased stress tolerance. Through our new Functional Crop Care business, we offer new ways for cereal farmers to improve yields while managing resources, by developing novel solutions for nutrient uptake and water distribution. New tools, initiatives and programs like AgBalance™ help our customers to measure and assess sustainability in agriculture.