Published on Wed, 03/12/2014 by BASF Canada

Feeding the 9-billion world: get crops off to a good start

With the global population expected to rise to 9.6 billion by 2050 and the limited agricultural land and resources, Canada, among other countries, will need to produce more food to keep up with the rising demand. Crop protection companies, like BASF, are continuously investing in research to bring new innovations to help growers produce healthy and high-yielding crops.

“With Canada being the number one lentil exporter in the world, it is important that we continue to invest in research to help Canadian growers increase yields and meet future demands.”

“We know how many people we are going to have to feed over the next five, ten even fifty years,” says David Townsend, Brand Manager of Biologicals at BASF Canada. “With Canada being the number one lentil exporter in the world, and a top exporter of many other crops, it is important that we continue to invest in research to help bring new (and improve old) solutions to the industry to help Canadian growers increase yields and meet future demands.”

BASF introduced biological products to their portfolio and now offer growers solutions at every stage of the growing season. The new portfolio, Functional Crop Care, includes seed treatments and a number of biological products for peas, lentils and soybeans.

“At BASF we are committed to providing growers with innovative solutions to help them meet their individual crop requirements,” says Townsend. “As part of that commitment, BASF invests $2 million a day in agricultural research so we can continue to bring crop innovations to the market.”

According to Townsend, one important aspect to growing healthy crops and keeping up with future demands is using biological products.

“Yield potential begins early in the season and starts with the roots. Everything that happens in the first several inches of the soil affects the pulse crop’s growth and development all season. In order to increase yield potential, it is vital to get pulse crops off to a good start by using a high quality inoculant.”

Having used inoculant products on his farm for nearly ten years, Fred Greig from Reston, MB was happy to see BASF introduce biological products to their crop protection division.

“It’s good to see BASF investing in biologicals,” says Greig. “BASF has increased its portfolio across all spectrums. We’ve used seed treatments, fungicides, herbicides and now biologicals. It’s nice to see them expanding the window to give us more options as producers.”

Continued research by crop protection companies brings new opportunities to growers. “It’s the research commitment that supports Canadian growers and allows them to be successful on their farm while meeting future demands. For example, our Functional Crop Care portfolio, which includes biologicals and seed treatments, has a number of technologies already available in the market, with many more coming down the pipeline to help growers produce more to meet the demand of 9.6 billion by 2050.”

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