Canola In North America
Innovations in North American canola production to strengthen farmers’ climate resilience
In 2021, significant drought impacted the North American grain market, including canola production where demand already exceeds current capacity. To strengthen growers’ resilience in challenging environments, BASF innovates for the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio in canola. The company continues to improve its leading InVigor® canola products through selection for hybrid vigor, while also developing yellow-seeded canola hybrids to be grown in historically less productive farmland of Canada and the U.S. where conditions are drier and hotter. This area includes more than 2.4 million hectares of cropland in North America where yellow-seeded canola hybrids have the potential to offer growers a new more productive and higher value option. Yellow-seeded canola hybrids will feature herbicide tolerance, a critical tool for weed control in canola production, and BASF plans to bring this innovation to the field mid-decade. The combination of traits and genetics will allow farmers to produce a high-value oil crop under challenging conditions like drought and heat stress.
Extreme and varying weather conditions also means diseases and pest outbreaks are difficult to predict and control. This makes frontline defense like BASF’s new Vercoras® seed treatment important for broad-spectrum protection against key seed- and soil-borne diseases like blackleg, and flea beetle insect damage.
Further, xarvio® FIELD MANAGER, an automated, digital crop optimization tool from BASF Digital Farming, protects fields from seeding to harvest, combining and constantly analyzing a wide range of agronomic inputs, including weather data and in-season risks such as diseases. From the data, it recommends when, where and how much crop protection to apply.
“Food security for all depends on farmers staying in business,” said Paul Rea, Senior Vice President BASF Agricultural Solutions North America. “Our role is and has been to bring innovations to farmers that enhance yield and climate resiliency, like our breakthroughs in canola. This is how we ensure the availability of nutritional staples now and in the future.”