Innovation Pipeline At A Glance
Around the world, farmers will benefit from our unprecedented innovation pipeline. With solutions launching throughout the next decade, BASF’s pipeline of innovation supports the company’s aim to annually increase its sales share of agricultural solutions with substantial contribution to sustainability by 7%. By 2030, more than 30 major R&D projects will complement BASF’s connected offer of seeds and seed treatment products, chemical and biological solutions, as well as digital services.
BASF’s InVigor® pod shatter reduction and clubroot resistant trait technologies for canola aid in protecting yield potential from clubroot and deliver added flexibility for growers at harvest. In addition, the company has 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 seed. Mid-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.
BASF is a leader in the development of hybrid wheat seeds, with market entry expected by mid-2020s. Hybrid wheat will deliver high performance in yield, quality and stability to meet the agronomic and economic needs of farmers and the value chain, and the nutritional needs of a growing population. Our activities demonstrate our commitment to transitioning wheat for long-term success through a globally driven, advanced breeding platform adapted to local needs and supported by a continuous pipeline of innovation. In addition, our approach will meet the quickly changing needs of wheat growers and the value chain while balancing environmental protection and societal requirements.
In the U.S. and Brazil, BASF will launch differentiated trait stacks with herbicide tolerance and insect resistance arriving on the market by mid-decade. In cotton, corn and soy rotation areas this will help manage cotton volunteers and reduce Boll Weevil populations.
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.
BASF and Cargill have jointly developed a pathway for the production of a renewable and scalable source of omega-3 fatty acids from canola. The new omega-3 canola will give aqua farmers and feed manufacturers access to a sustainable aquafeed source, relieving harvesting pressure on wild fish populations. This will help make healthy food options more available to consumers. Research has shown the link between the intake of omega-3 fatty acids and numerous health benefits. Growing consumer awareness of their health benefits drives increased demand for healthy and omega-3 fatty acids rich food. Commercialization new omega-3 canola is pending global regulatory approvals. This innovation received approvals from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) as well as Health Canada (HC) in 2019. Since 2011, BASF and Cargill are collaborating to develop this new source of healthy oils from canola for use in feed products.
BASF is planning the introduction of new vegetable seed varieties and innovations to address the needs of partners along the food value chain, from growers through consumers around the world. For example, BASF is working on varieties that will provide growers with benefits such as higher yields, better disease resistances, and improved fruit quality, all with careful attention on sustainability. In addition, key flavor components have been identified that will enable a better profiling of hybrids in line with consumer preferences to help provide healthy eating that is enjoyable and sustainable.
A few examples of innovations in our vegetable seeds business include spinach varieties with the best downy mildew resistance package in the industry, a unique portfolio of hybrid artichoke varieties, tomatoes adapted to rising global temperatures, and our cutting edge indoor growing techniques that provide optimal combinations of fruit and vegetable varieties with growing programs optimized for our partners.
Seed treatments from BASF can help farmers address environmental and economic challenges and contribute to a more sustainable future. We are continuously developing innovations to help farmers protect the yield potential of each seed and enhance the performance of seed, seedling and plant. Through our broad portfolio of seed treatments and seed enhancements, we help farmers to extend the crop protection window, improve plant vigor, enhance efficacy and maximize plant resources. Seed treatments offer lower use rates than foliar products and are effective on many below and above ground pests.
Our innovation pipeline includes seed treatment projects like the Poncho® family: Poncho® Votivo® seed treatment provides unrivaled insecticidal protection against above and below ground pests and enhances growth promotion, leading to higher yield potential for a range of crops. Its unique combination of two active ingredients immediately protects the whole plant while delivering healthier roots and more uniform stands, so high-value plants can thrive regardless of growing conditions. 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.
Teraxxa™ insecticide seed treatment will provide protection against wireworms. Teraxxa™ F4 combines an insecticide and a fungicide to provide, in addition to wireworms, protection against Fusarium, Rhizoctonia, Pythium and Phytophthora. Both products, planned to launch in the 2021 planting season, will protect a wide range of crops, including winter and spring wheat, barley, oats, rye, chia, quinoa and buckwheat.
The Revysol® based fungicide Relenya® 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. Pending regulatory approval, BASF expects first market introductions of customized formulations containing Pavecto® in the mid-2020 decade in the EU.
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 and broadening its herbicide portfolio that provides growers with innovative weed control solutions to help not only with yields and quality, but also resistance management.
In 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. BASF has also received regulatory approval for an additional new herbicide active ingredient in Australia and Canada: Tirexor® herbicide. A further regulatory dossier for Tirexor has been submitted in the U.S..
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.
To advance one of the industry’s broadest herbicide portfolios, BASF will develop herbicides from a new class of PPO-inhibitor chemistry specifically to control large and small seeded broadleaved weeds, as well as a wide variety of warm and cold season grasses and sedges.
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 BASF’s new product portfolio in these crops. Further registrations have already been received in Australia, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Korea and Peru. 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. Find out more about our seed treatment innovations above.
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.
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:
In 2020, BASF has started the global registration initiative for the company’s latest insecticide innovation: Axalion™. With its novel mode of action, the new active ingredient will help farmers safeguard their yield without negatively impacting soil and water organisms or birds. When applied according to the respective label instructions, Axalion based products will not impact beneficial insects. The new compound is also an essential tool in preventing insecticide resistance. Further down the pipeline, BASF is developing 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.
BASF has received the first registrations in the Australia, Canada, China, Columbia, Guatemala, India, Mexico, Pakistan and in the United States for the new active ingredient Inscalis®. The new compound, co-developed with the Japanese company Meiji Seika Pharma Co. Ltd., offers 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. 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 received regulatory approvals for Broflanilide in Australia, Canada, China, Columbia and the U.S.. Further registrations in India, Mexico and other countries are expected. Broflanilide is a powerful and versatile insecticide to control chewing pests. Seed treatment applications based on Broflanilide, marketed under the Teraxxa™; brand, will target difficult to manage wireworms in cereal crops; with a launch planned in North America for the 2021 planting season. Find out more about our seed treatment innovations above.
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 need to analyze more and more data of increasing complexity to make the right cultivation decisions. BASF’s xarvio™ Digital Farming Solutions supports 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 solution that supports farmers in many areas of agronomic decision making, from seeding to harvest, 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 first hand and can benefit from field-zone specific insights and crop management recommendations. The digital solution 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 available in in 16 major agricultural producing countries. 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, Europe 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 smart phone. In addition, nitrogen application can be optimized, and leaf damage can be calculated and 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 100 countries with more than 3.8 million users. 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 free to download and use and is available in the App Store and Google Play.
Launched in 2020, xarvio HEALTHY FIELDS is a market first. It is an outcome-based digital farming solution that provides a field and season specific crop protection strategy that guarantees plant health at the start of the season for a fixed price. If the calculated crop protection strategy doesn’t work, then the farmer is financially compensated. HEALTHY FIELDS is powered by advanced field zone specific crop production algorithms, which monitors, analyzes and executes the most efficient strategy for each field. The assured outcome of HEALTHY FIELDS is for winter wheat and winter barley. HEALTHY FIELDS is fully transparent, with every application recorded and documented to for fulfil legal requirements.
xarvio Digital Farming Solutions’ product portfolio is continually growing to help farmers make better informed field management decisions from seeding to harvest. New features for existing products are launched regularly and based on important engagement and feedback from customers.
The global agriculture market is changing and demands new technologies to improve efficiency by optimizing the use of inputs in agriculture, like for instance plant protection products, to deliver the best outcomes possible for farmers. A key strategy for BASF to achieve this is a strong focus on partnerships; working with like-minded companies large and small to develop and bring to market innovative products. The joint venture partnership established between BASF and BOSCH exemplifies this. Through this partnership, two new products will be brought to market that focus on driving farming efficiencies, while supporting sustainability and preserving biodiversity. The first product, which will be launched in limited numbers at the end of 2021, is the Smart Spraying solution. It combines BOSCH’s high-tech camera technology, software and image processing with the agronomic decision-making engine of BASF’s xarvio™ Digital Farming Solutions to apply the correct amount and mix of herbicides, with the best timing in the right area of the field. This action leads to better weed control and a reduction in herbicide volume use, meaning herbicide resistant weeds do not develop and there is less impact on biodiversity. BASF’s goal is to create, develop and lead the emerging smart sprayer market.
The second product is the Intelligent Planting Solution (IPS). This will link Bosch technology with xarvio digital intelligence to optimize the seeding process and enhance the quality and quantity of crop production. IPS will ensure uniform planting depth and spacing of seeds across variable land levels, which will improve germination rates and plant emergence. It will optimize seed use and enhances yield potential by using automated row shutoffs to avoid overlapping. The agronomic intelligence of xarvio FIELD MANAGER will also generate zone-based seed recommendations for the IPS and by combining it with zone-based crop nutrition application maps from FIELD MANAGER further productivity can be achieved.
For BASF, the potential of our innovation pipeline goes beyond our agricultural portfolio. Our solutions also bring value to the health of world communities by preventing malaria and neglected tropical diseases. Our commitment to public health innovation is demonstrated by our involvement in the ‘ZERO by 40’ initiative, established in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to eradicate malaria by 2040. Nearly half a million people die from malaria every year. This joint industry effort to develop novel mosquito control tools in the fight against the debilitating disease delivers on BASF’s vision for a sustainable future. BASF’s new Interceptor G2® mosquito net is an important example of a strong research collaboration with scientists across the world. Unlike conventional mosquito nets, Interceptor G2® uses an innovative combination of two different insecticides and a proprietary textile coating process. It’s one of the few mosquito nets currently available to combat resistant mosquitoes. It makes a tangible contribution to the UN Sustainable Development goals, creating innovative chemistry that saves lives.