Winter and spring oilseed rape and sunflower seeds are commercialised by BASF across the EMEA region. Oilseeds in general are mainly used for oil production and protein rich residues are feedstuff ingredients. Both crops play an increasingly important role in society, both as an edible food product and for industrial uses. 

Oilseed Rape

Oilseed rape is currently undergoing specific agronomic challenges across Europe due to a lack of available crop protection products that can safeguard the crop in particular from insects. But where the crop can be grown successfully, oilseed rape is often grown as an important part of arable rotations. Oilseed rape is an excellent break crop, performing competitively in the rotation with cereals in many key countries. Such rotations can contribute to reducing pest and disease pressure, which is greatly appreciated by growers.

Rapeseed oil is a highly versatile crop providing nutritious cooking oil and large volumes are required for processing oil into biofuels as a renewable energy source. Even the residue produced from the crush, called rapeseed meal is often used in animal feed which adds holistically to the demand for the crop. Globally, oilseed rape is the second-largest source of protein meal.


InVigor® is the robust umbrella brand for hybrid oilseed rape - both winter and spring varieties. This brand represents more than ten years of significant European investments in germplasm and breeding.

A constant innovative pipeline R&D for Seeds & Traits

The BASF oilseed rape breeding program for Europe is piloted from Astene, Belgium. The team in Astene are dedicated to the breeding of parental lines and hybrids for winter and spring oilseed rape to serve customers in Europe.

Plant breeding is at the heart of our business strategy producing a constant pipeline of better performing hybrids every year. These hybrids are recognised by growers across Europe for agronomic characteristics, such as standing power, winter hardiness and a very interesting disease resistance package. 

Now, also, in our portfolio are several hybrids with our pod shatter reduction technology that are looking very promising in European stress tests.

Investing long-term in our European Seed Business

Check out the video to learn more about breeding for oilseed rape and the work that goes behind agronomic services in the field using drone technology. You will even see how to check a hybrid for pod shatter resistance in a lab and also in the field!

Tomorrow’s harvest starts now!

High-quality oilseeds, adapted to local conditions, which aid productivity and help you deliver fields of liquid gold. To enable us to consistently provide this, we have invested in:

  • Research to maximise grain and oil yields, and improve disease resistance
  • Passionate people, experts in oilseed rape working in breeding and seed operations
  • Many products in the pipeline with more than 100 European trial locations to test our hybrids

Product Offering

A range of high-quality and performance hybrid seeds, spring and winter oilseed rape adapted to diverse european agro-climatic conditions.

Product Concept

  • A focus on yield and quality seeds
  • Hybrids that are adapted very well locally eg: winter hardiness in continental areas
  • Hybrids with Clearfield herbicide tolerance to simplify weed management options.

Quality Benefits

  • Good germplasm in key markets deliverying high yield performance
  • Highest purity standards possible in the genetic, physical, varietal and physiological quality of our seed materials
  • Well adapted to specific environments

BASF – InVigor® You’ll be glad you planted it!

Plant biotechnology research in the greenhouse, Research Triangle Park, North America


BASF has signed a long-term partnership enabling a constant stream of innovative hybrids to be commercialized under the BASF brand focusing on the Black Sea area. All the hybrids originate from one of the best main sunflower research programs worldwide.

From 2020 onwards, you will find innovative hybrids with Clearfield®  and Clearfield®  Plus technology that also have interesting disease package, strong resistance to orobanche and high oil profiles in Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia, Spain and Greece.

In the coming years, more countries will have access to these innovative hybrids where sunflower is part of standard crop rotations.

The portfolio offered by BASF today has flexible and powerful weed control thanks to Clearfield® and Clearfield® Plus production systems for sunflower. The hybrids also provide other benefits to the grower such as yield, reliable experience and oil content.  Orobanche resistance is a key benefit in the portfolio too, as well as an interesting disease resistance package.

BASF can now offer you agronomic insight and knowledge about the portfolio of sunflower seed hybrids, together with a wide range offer of  BASF agricultural solutions in your country for fungicides, insecticides, herbicides to help you attain superior farm management in sunflowers.

BASF – You’ll be glad you planted Sunshine



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