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Innovation Pipeline At A Glance

Around the world, farmers will benefit from our unprecedented innovation pipeline. With sustainability firmly embedded in our entire decision process from early research to product development, we will launch more than 30 pipeline projects across the globe by 2029.

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BASF’s InVigor® pod shatter reduction and clubroot resistant trait technologies for canola will aid in protecting yield potential from clubroot and deliver added flexibility for growers at harvest. In addition, for this season the company has just launched ‘300 series’ InVigor canola featuring three new hybrids that offer growers improvements either in yield, pod shatter reduction protection, or clubroot resistance. BASF is also leading the industry by launching InVigor® RATE, a target plant population recommendation supported with innovative seeding rate to further optimize the performance of the company’s canola seedMid-decade, BASF will be introducing LibertyLink® yellow-seed canola which can be grown under more challenging conditions and will provide new rotation options for wheat growers in drier areas of North America, where drought and heat stress make regular canola a less viable crop.  Hybrid wheat seed from BASF is expected to launch in the mid-2020s and will optimize yield, production stability and grain quality for farmers in North America and Europe, as well as improve profitability and sustainability. 

Worldwide, the growing demand for wheat requires significant investment in innovation. BASF is a leader in the development of hybrid wheat seeds, with market entry expected by mid-decade. Hybrid wheat from BASF will bring transformative change to how wheat is produced and will provide farmers in North America and Europe seeds to optimize yield, stabilize production and improve grain quality. In addition, the hybrid wheat approach will give breeders new opportunities to adapt and improve plant characteristics to make significant contributions to addressing the environmental challenges of the future.

BASF’s new soybean seed with the LibertyLink®GT27TM trait platform allows farmers to apply Liberty® herbicide, glyphosate and, pending regulatory approval, a new mode of action herbicide for residual weed control in soybeans. This innovative soybean technology is available to famers under BASF’s Credenz® brand and licensee brands. LibertyLink®GT27 was launched in 2019.

Pending regulatory approval, BASF’s new quadruple cotton technology (Glufosinate, glyphosate, dicamba and HPPD) offers a unique mode of action to cotton growers. Our product will provide great flexibility to growers to control a broad spectrum of weeds across the U.S. cotton belt, including biotypes expressing resistance to glyphosate and/or dicamba. Launch is planned for the mid-20’s in our FiberMax® and Stoneville® cotton brands.  HPPD + glyphosate + Glufosinate herbicide tolerance will launch in Brazil in a similar timeframe.

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To address the needs of growers, the food value chain and consumers around the world for new vegetable varieties, BASF is planning the introduction of several new vegetable seed innovations. These varieties will provide growers with higher yields and fruit quality. In addition, key flavor components have been identified that will enable a better profiling of hybrids in line with consumer preferences.

BASF is also working on a new seedless watermelon that combines agronomic benefits with an improved consumer eating experience. Commercial introduction of the first varieties is targeted for 2023.

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Poncho® family - BASF has recently launched in the US its Poncho® Votivo® 2.0 seed treatment system for use on corn. Poncho® Votivo® is a systemic insecticide and biological seed treatment for use on a wide range of crops for the control of insect pests and protection from soil plant pathogenic nematodes. This dual protection gives growers potential for healthier plant establishment and a more uniform crop. The Poncho® Votivo® 2.0 seed treatment system includes a second biological bacteria that enhances the microbial activity around the corn roots resulting in greater nutrient availability and uptake leading to higher yield potential. BASF is also launching Poncho® XC seed treatment in 2020 to provide insect protection for soybean and cereal growers in the US.

ILEVO® seed treatment is the first proven winner in the US to address both Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) and parasitic nematode pressures on soybean plants.  ILEVO gives growers seed-applied protection during above- and below-ground phases of SDS as well as root damaging soybean cyst nematodes. ILEVO® is registered in Brazil, with launch date to be determined. BASF is further developing ILEVO® to give customers more options to protect and enhance seeds, for increased yield potential.

Terraxxa insecticide will provide protection against wireworms for a wide range of crops, including winter and spring wheat, barley, oats, rye, chia, quinoa and buckwheat. The North American launch is planned for the 2021 planting season.

Terraxxa F4 insecticide/fungicide will provide protection against wireworms, Fusarium, Rhizoctonia, Pythium and Phythophthora for a wide range of crops, including winter and spring wheat, barley, oats, rye, chia, quinoa and buckwheat. The North American launch is planned for 2021 planting season.

Relenya® Powered by Revysol, this fungicide will protect winter wheat against seed and soil borne disease like bunts, Rhizoctonia, and Fusarium. North American expected launch is the 2021 planting season. Launch in several European countries is anticipated for 2022.

Pavecto® fungicide will protect against snow mold, septoria leaf blotch, tan spot, ramularia and net blotch for all cereal crops. Launch in Europe anticipated for 2023 planting season. 

 

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BASF’s expanding herbicide portfolio is targeted at two ongoing challenges: the evolution of weed resistance and an increasingly complex regulatory environment. The following pipeline highlights will enable BASF to maintain its long and distinguished track record of providing farmers with modern herbicides and innovative weed control solutions:

In late 2019, BASF received its first regulatory approval for and introduced Luximo, a new and innovative herbicide active ingredient, to Australian farmers. Future regulatory approvals are anticipated in the UK and EU. In 2018, BASF submitted regulatory dossiers for an additional new herbicide active ingredient: Tirexor® herbicide in Australia and North America.

These new herbicides have been specifically developed to control resistant weeds - Luximo primarily for grass weeds and Tirexor for key grass and broadleaf weeds - to ensure that farmers worldwide continue to have access to effective weed management solutions. Pending regulatory approvals, BASF expects Tirexor-based products available in Australia from 2020 onwards with further regulatory submissions planned in key markets around the world.

With the launch of Provisia Rice System, BASF reaffirms its strategic commitment to deliver new tools to help farmers alleviate the daily challenges of growing essential crops. Provisia Rice System is a new non-genetically modified herbicide-tolerant system for the control of resistant weeds in rice, including weedy rice and red rice. It provides growers with the flexibility to increase their planting area while rotating different mode of action herbicides for sustainable weed management. Launched in the U.S. in 2018, additional regulatory approvals are expected in all regions where rice is grown.

To advance BASF’s herbicide portfolio, herbicides from a new class of PPO-inhibitor chemistry will be developed specifically to control large and small seeded broadleaved weeds, as well as a wide variety of warm and cold season grasses and sedges.

Farmer

BASF is pioneering the search for new active ingredients in the fight against fungal diseases. For many years, we have been at the forefront of fungicide research, setting new standards in this area. With the introduction of the following fungicide innovations from the pipeline, BASF will strengthen its industry-leading position:

With its latest fungicide innovation Revysol®, BASF will provide farmers in all regions with an essential tool to manage resistance and optimize their farm operations. First Revysol®-based products have been introduced into the market in 2019/2020. Excellent products like Veltyma™ for corn and Revytek™ in soybean in the US and cereal products like Revystar® and Revycare® in Europe will be key for BASFs new product portfolio in these crops. Further registrations have already been received in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Australia, Korea and China. BASF is also planning to introduce a new technology in seed treatment based on Revysol® and marketed under Relenya brand. This product will protect the seed and root zone of cereal crops from pathogenic fungi during the early development of the plant.

In addition, the novel fungicide, Pavecto®, co-developed with Sumitomo Chemical, will offer an effective solution to control major diseases, including Septoria leaf blotch in wheat, and help growers improve their productivity and profitability. The global initiative for regulatory approval of Pavecto® has started with the submission of the regulatory dossier to the European Union (EU) in March 2018. Pending regulatory approval, BASF expects first market introductions of customized formulations containing Pavecto® in the mid of the decade.

BASF also continues to grow its fungicide family with two new fungicides currently in early research. To meet the increased demand for biologicals, a next generation biofungicide is also in development.

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BASF remains committed to active investment in pioneering R&D for new insecticides that simplify farmers’ operations and address the toughest pest threats and production needs. Taking a balanced approach against a complex societal, regulatory, environmental and business background, BASF is deepening its diversified insecticide portfolio with the following compounds showing new modes of action:

BASF has received the first registrations in the United States, Australia, India, Canada, Mexico and China for the new active ingredient Inscalis® insecticide. The new compound, co-developed with the Japanese company Meiji Seika Pharma Co. Ltd., will offer farmers an essential tool to protect a wide range of crops from critical piercing and sucking insect pests. The company anticipates further registrations in South and Latin America. Following a promising launch and the first use of Inscalis-based products in the U.S. in late 2018, BASF continues to work closely with growers using these insecticide products to prevent aggressive piercing-sucking pests from damaging yields and transmitting viruses.

Continuing the global expansion of the insecticide portfolio, BASF successfully submitted regulatory dossiers for Broflanilide in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, India and Australia. Broflanilide is a powerful and versatile insecticide to control chewing pests, with initial market launches expected in 2020. Seed treatment applications based on Broflanilide, marketed under the Teraxxa; brand, will target difficult to manage wireworms in cereal crops. Launch is anticipated in North America in 2021 pending regulatory approvals.

Further down the pipeline, BASF is developing further compounds to combat pests, give farmers more control and support them in managing the ever-increasing threats to their land, legacy and livelihoods. The development pipeline includes a focus on insecticides to combat a broad range of pests in multiple crops globally.

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The success of BASF’s customers depends on many factors such as weather, plant health, soil conditions and prices for agricultural products. As a result, modern farmers have to analyze more and more data of increasing complexity to make the right cultivation decisions. BASF’s xarvio™ Digital Farming Solutions support farmers to use this data to their advantage as a basis for making better informed decisions, ensuring more efficient and sustainable resource inputs and allocation.

xarvio Field Manager is a digital product supporting farmers in many areas of agronomic decision making to optimize crop production. The goal: to produce crops even more efficiently and sustainably to get the most out of every part of their fields. The farmer can see the status of the fields at first hand and can benefit from field zonespecific insights and crop management recommendations. The digital product also creates zone-specific variable application maps automatically for a variety of crops. xarvio Field Manager uses satellite and other imaging technologies combined with existing agricultural data and the farmer’s lifetime of experience and agronomic expertise. xarvio Field Manager is currently on the market and will be available in 14 major agricultural producing countries in 2019, including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom (UK), Ukraine and the U.S. Additional countries in Asia and South America will follow soon.

Using instant image recognition, algorithms and data sharing technology, the xarvio Scouting app enables growers and agronomists to accurately identify weed, insects and disease threats in their fields with their mobile phones. In addition, nitrogen application can be optimized and leaf damage can be calculated analyzed automatically. The app is powered by algorithms that continuously improve precision and functionality through machine learning and data sharing. xarvio Scouting is now operational in 90 countries with and a total of more than 2,000,000 users is expected by 2019. The app has already amassed a database of more than 1,000,000 images with farmers and leading research partners across the globe contributing to this ever-growing image database. The xarvio Scouting app is available for free in the App Store and Google Play.

The xarvio Digital Farming Solutions product portfolio is continually growing to help farmers make better informed field management decisions from sowing to harvest. New features for existing products will be launched regularly like the xarvio Field Monitor for xarvio Field Manager to provide farmers with field zone specific information. One current example from xarvio’s digital innovation pipeline is the digital product xarvio Healthy Fields. Currently in concept phase, this service package for efficient crop protection will not only provide field zone specific crop protection strategies and their implementation by a certified contractor or the farmer himself via the xarvio Field Manager, but also guarantees the success of the crop protection application.

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For BASF, the potential of our innovation pipeline goes beyond our agricultural portfolio. Our products, solutions and technologies also add value to society. A current example in public health is our commitment to the ‘ZERO by 40’ initiative, established by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to eradicate malaria by 2040. This joint industry effort to develop new mosquito control tools to combat malaria delivers on BASF’s vision for a sustainable future. BASF´s new Interceptor G 2 mosquito net can be mentioned as an example here. The Interceptor G2 mosquito net is based on two insecticides and has been designed specifically to combat resistance in the fight against malaria. It makes a tangible contribution to the UN Sustainable Development goals, creating innovative chemistry that saves lives.