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Integrating solutions to accelerate agriculture’s transformation

Agriculture must undergo a massive transformation, in order to provide enough food for the growing population while minimizing the impact of farming on the climate and the environment. Our innovations support this transformation and help find the right balance for success - for farmers, for society and for future generations.

Pipeline of innovations supporting major crops worldwide

We focus on improving outcomes in major crops, like wheat, canola, soybean, corn, cotton, rice, as well as fruits and vegetables which account for more than 50% of the world’s farmland, according to estimates from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Within these major crops, we continue to innovate across our pipeline of seeds and traits, seed treatment, biological and chemical crop protection, as well as digital farming solutions and will launch major pipeline projects across all business areas by 2032.

Farmers can continue to rely on us to innovate and deliver new active ingredients, innovative formulations, and traits to get more value from their production, both economically and environmentally.
Livio Tedeschi

Livio Tedeschi

President, BASF Agricultural Solutions

A tractor sprays a field of young plants on a sunny day.

Unmatched weed management pipeline for soybean

BASF is advancing several weed management solutions, matching new herbicide modes of action active ingredients with innovative traits and precision farming technologies in major crops such as soybean. These solutions facilitate climate-smart and environmentally responsible farming practices, such as minimum tillage and efficient use of crop protection chemistries.


A new L-glufosinate ammonium (L-GA) Active herbicide formulation will significantly reduce the amount of active ingredient required, saving operating costs as well as contributing to more sustainable distribution and application than today’s solutions. Farmers can expect this new L-GA formulation from mid-decade and onwards, starting in the United States. 

Tirexor® Active is a new PPO inhibiting herbicide (protoporphyrinogen IX oxidase), controlling weeds currently resistant to other PPO inhibitors. The fast-acting herbicide with low use-rates received strong customer adoption after its approval in Australia in 2020 and in Canada in 2022. Expected market introduction for soybean farmers in Argentina is 2024 and in the United States is 2025. Introduction in other Latin America countries and Asia Pacific will follow with expansion into different crops.

A significant step forward in weed management was introduced to wheat farmers in Great Britain in 2022 with the approval of Luximo® Active. With its novel mode of action, Luximo is a vital tool for controlling blackgrass and Italian ryegrass, some of the most challenging and yield-robbing weeds. Further Luximo registrations are expected mid-decade in Europe. Luximo provides farmers in the region with a new tool for resistant weeds, which is crucial to efficient use of crop protection products on farmland.

Aparna Sri Vanguri, Senior Associate Scientist in the transformation group, examines young transgenic corn plants that have been inoculated with Agrobacterium. Agrobacterium is a common soil bacterium that has developed an ability to transfer genetic material into plant cells. Corn cells that have been successfully transformed may carry the desired new trait, such as resistance to fungal pathogens or herbicides.

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BASF is bringing a much-needed solution for over-the-top control of weeds in soybean, developing an additional PPO herbicide with a corresponding herbicide tolerance gene. That gene will be incorporated into a new herbicide tolerance trait developed by Corteva. It is a key element of a multi-generational soybean trait pipeline collaboration that is expected to be available in seed varieties in the early 2030s. Farmers will benefit from more flexibility to use PPO herbicides beyond pre-emergence to control weeds with over-the-top application. 

To further support resistance management, an entirely new herbicide mode of action is currently in the late research phase at BASF. The corresponding herbicide tolerance trait for soybean is being developed by BASF as part of the collaboration with Corteva. Farmers will have the option to access this innovative trait technology through leading soybean seeds from BASF and Corteva. This longer-term approach from both companies will provide competitive alternatives for soybean farmers well into the 2040s. 

The Smart Spraying Solution will be integrated into Dammann's range of intelligent crop protection sprayers and initially available for Germany and Hungary.

The SMART SPRAYING SOLUTION by Bosch BASF Smart Farming is commercially available in Europe for corn, sunflower, sugar beet, and soybean. The technology, which supports a more efficient use of herbicides, is accessible to farmers through a partnership with German-based agricultural machinery manufacturer Dammann initially in Germany and Hungary. Bosch BASF Smart Farming is advancing additional partnerships and field trials in the Americas and Europe, with the aim of continued commercial launches within the 2023/24 season.

Farmer in rice field

Solutions to improve outcomes in rice

Farmers growing rice face growing pressure from resistant weeds, diseases, and pest insects. BASF actively supports farmers to overcome these challenges through a broad portfolio of technologies. Multiple new chemistries and formulations are expected before mid-decade aimed at improving outcomes in rice.

Rice plant in hand

New Insecticide for Rice Hopper Control

A new insecticide for rice hopper control is under development by BASF in collaboration with industry partners. With no cross resistance to market standards, it provides long residual control and a favorable regulatory profile. BASF has accelerated the development of the insecticide to reach farmers in Asia Pacific by mid-decade. 


Luximo® Active Herbicide

BASF’s new Luximo® herbicide belongs to a chemistry class that was the first new mode of action classification update introduced in the last four decades. Controlling a broad range of problematic weeds in rice that have developed resistance to other modes of action, it will be an important tool in rice weed management and crop protection programs. Luximo will be launched in Indonesia in 2024, with other countries in the Asian market to follow by mid-decade.


Kixor® CS Herbicide

Kixor® CS is a new herbicide formulation of Kixor® Active that can be applied beyond pre-emergence to early-post, providing growers the flexibility to apply further into the season. The innovative encapsulation of the herbicide provides a physical barrier that increases crop safety while enabling long-lasting residual control of broadleaf weeds. Farmers in Asia Pacific can expect to use the new technology in rice mid-decade. 

Revysol® Fungicide Formulations for Rice

Revysol®-based products will be launched within the next two years to control major diseases in rice such as sheath blight, and dirty panicles. These new formulations will be available to rice farmers in the region under the product names Cevya®, Mibelya®, and Revyrize®.



Seltima® Plus is a disease management solution for rice with built in resistance management that will be introduced in the region in the next years. The combination of two fungicides provides yield and seed quality increases over market standards. In 2022, registration was granted in Indonesia with India, China and other countries to follow.


The Provisia® rice system and Clearfield® production system for direct seeded rice enable growers to continuously make better use of the limited arable land and are an alternative to wet paddy cultivation. These yield-preserving technologies will debut in India, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines in the second half of the decade. Additionally, Provisia will enter the Chinese rice market by 2025. As an introductory step, BASF announced a long-term partnership with Seedworks Philippines to introduce BASF’s non-GM trait for Provisia herbicide-tolerance into the Philippines’ hybrid rice market. This collaboration is one of ten different seed partnerships across five countries in Asia that will launch Clearfield and Provisia herbicide tolerant traits in rice. 


The decision-making quality of xarvio® FIELD MANAGER is continuously improving to optimize sustainable rice production in Japan. To support more efficient use of pesticides, BASF is updating the platform with new insect pest models expected to be available by 2025. Disease models will also be enhanced to support more precise fungicide timing, dosing, and product selection recommendations. Owing to the accurate, and continuously improving model-based insights, xarvio has evolved into the de facto standard tool for crop protection.

Plum tomatoes

Innovations for fruits and vegetables to reduce food waste and loss

BASF aims to improve fruit and vegetable quality and flavor, and to reduce food loss and waste through seed breeding and innovations in chemistry and digital.

BASF’s new insecticide Axalion™ will be registered for use in a broad range of crops in the fruits and vegetable markets. Additional row crop uses extend to soybeans and other legumes, cotton and cereals. It will offer farmers a new and environmentally friendly option to control many problematic piercing and sucking insect pests, including whiteflies and aphids, that can cause devastating losses in their yield and subsequently revenue.

Axalion® Active Insecticide

BASF is set to launch its latest insecticide active ingredient Axalion® Active. It is a new class of chemistry with a new mode of action, designed to safeguard harvest from a broad spectrum of damaging piercing and sucking pests. While working harmoniously with beneficials and pollinators, Axalion controls pests that have developed resistance to existing chemistries. Launches will start in 2023 in Asia Pacific, with additional registrations following in Europe and Latin America.


Revyona® Fungicide

After showing market-leading control of diseases in cereal, soybean and corn, BASF expects to launch Revysol® Active in fruits and vegetables as well as rice starting in 2023. The Revyona® formulation maintains the outstanding performance and favorable regulatory profile of Revysol, ensuring reliable yield and quality. The formulation provides a high level of control of powdery mildew, scab, and many other diseases in tree fruits, grapes, and potatoes.



Through excellence in breeding, BASF’s vegetable seeds business developed Sunions®, the first tearless onion variety available in supermarkets. Since 2022, it is also available throughout France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

Disease resistant tomato varieties

Farmers in multiple European countries now have access to BASF’s vegetable seeds varieties with resistance to aggressive and difficult to control viruses. These include Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) and Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV) whose infections lead to food loss and waste caused by crop loss and quality impacts.

  • Different novel resistances to ToBRFV are available in commercial varieties at large scale in Spain, the Netherlands as well as in Turkey, Morocco, Canada and Mexico besides various other countries.
  • Launched in Europe throughout 2021 and 2022, the Tayson variety of processing tomato has dual resistance against TSWV, which complements the variety’s already most complete trait package on the market. 


In 2022, BASF’s offer of digital agronomic advice for fruits and vegetables was improved with the integration of the decision support systems from the acquisition of Horta, an Italian digital farming company. A new offer is the Agrigenius Vite application, which enables wine growers to make smarter decisions about fungicide applications, maximizing yield and quality while reducing the environmental impact.


Why does innovation in agriculture matter more than ever?

Even in the most challenging of times, few things are more important than farming. We depend on it for food, feed, fuel and fiber. It’s crucial to the world’s economy and to our very existence. By 2050, farmers will have to feed an estimated 9.7 billion people – 3 billion more than now. To do this, farmers will have to produce as much food as has been consumed in all human history, increasing productivity by 50%. At BASF, we are here to help them.

We are committed to innovations that strike the right balance between productivity and sustainability in agriculture, helping farmers to produce not only more, but better yield. We therefore focus even more on our customers' needs and bring sustainable innovations to them, across seeds, crop protection and digital solutions, integrated into farm operations and practices. Based on our long collaborative culture and through partnership and collaboration, we are able to deliver these innovative solutions faster, and help meet growing food demand more sustainably.

In this way, we support farmers around the world to achieve better yield – yield produced in ways that are valued by society, are kind to the planet and help farmers earn a living.

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