Research and Innovation

Published on Wed, 04/23/2014 by BASF Canada

Volunteer canola: one of Western Canada’s most important weeds

Volunteer canola: one of Western Canada’s most important weeds

According to a poll conducted by Ipsos Reid, only one in three growers from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are following the industry best practice of growing canola once every four years. But, the profitability of canola is driving growers to focus on maximizing returns by tightening rotations.

Managing volunteer canola with proper pest management practices in tight canola rotations will be critical in targeting the highest yield at harvest time.

Agronomy Specialist for the Canola Council of Canada, Angela Brackenreed, says volunteer canola from other systems can present a lot of challenges in your canola crop and is why the Canola Council of Canada lists it as one of the 10 most important weeds in canola production.

Published on Tue, 04/15/2014 by BASF Canada

Fungicides offer more than just disease control: BASF

Fungicides offer more than just disease control: BASF

Fungicide use has picked up momentum in the past several years on many crops in Canada. While the purpose of a fungicide application is disease management, some fungicides have evolved to offer additional plant health and yield benefits.

The customized approach is a focus for the company with the recent launch of new fungicides tailored to specific time frames for specific diseases.

In 1996, BASF registered the first fungicide that delivered such benefits. Headline — a pyraclostrobin-based fungicide for managing leaf diseases on multiple crops — was positioned as more than just a disease management tool thanks to the unique plant health, or AgCelence, benefits that the pyraclostrobin active exhibits.

Published on Wed, 04/02/2014 by BASF Canada

Unpredictable weather calls for residual herbicides

Unpredictable weather calls for residual herbicides

The crop is almost weatherproofed for winds that may come through later in the season, dry weather, or excessively wet weather.

Climatologists are predicting an average spring throughout most of Ontario and Quebec this year. But considering that the average spring in the region consists of a variety of temperatures and types of precipitation, it is anyone’s guess what the season will actually hold. This leaves growers guessing what to do to prepare fields for planting.

Published on Mon, 03/31/2014 by BASF Canada

Canadian cereal growers prepare for spring and look to build on success of 2013 season

Canadian cereal growers prepare for spring and look to build on success of 2013 season

“We know how important it is that growers get the best returns at the end of the year, so we keep it our top priority to continue to deliver innovative solutions to help them do it.”

2013 was a big success for Canadian cereal crops in Western Canada. Statistics Canada reported Canadian wheat production increased by 38.0 per cent, barley by 27.8 per cent, and oats by 38.3 per cent over 2012. Both barley and oat acres produced record yields in 2013: barley at 71.7 bushels per acre and oats at 92.1 bushels per acre.

Published on Mon, 03/31/2014 by BASF Canada

A timely fungicide application is crucial to improve maximum yields in corn and soybeans

A timely fungicide application is crucial to improve maximum yields in corn and soybeans

A properly timed fungicide application offers disease protection while increasing a crop’s standability and stress tolerance, helping to achieve maximum yield. 

According to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF), disease pressure in eastern Canada is increasing. With the severe outbreak of northern corn leaf blight in some areas of the province and incidents of Asian soybean rust increasing in the southern United States, growers in eastern Canada are reminded to take preventative measures when it comes to disease management in corn and soybeans.

Published on Tue, 03/18/2014 by BASF Canada

Protecting pulse crops from severe weather

Protecting pulse crops from severe weather

Canadian lentil growers using products with AgCelence experience crops with greener leaves, stronger stems, and larger seeds. This results in improved crop yields, quality and harvestability. 

Prairie weather is unpredictable. Growers know that can mean anything from cold snaps, to droughts, to flooding and everything in between. Poor weather conditions threaten crop quality and yield which can mean the difference between getting a premium price and having the crop rejected at market.

Published on Wed, 03/12/2014 by Reshift Media

Boston Pizza Strengthens Its Local Facebook Approach with Reshift Media’s Social Brand Amplifier

Boston Pizza Strengthens Its Local Facebook Approach with Reshift Media’s Social Brand Amplifier

“The Social Brand Amplifier allows companies to cascade posts, creative and promotions from a national level to maintain brand consistency, while still allowing for strong local involvement.”

(TORONTO) March 12, 2014 – Boston Pizza, Canada's largest casual-dining restaurant, has implemented Reshift Media’s Social Brand Amplifier to power their network of Facebook pages to help increase their local reach and relevance.

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

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

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

“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.”

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.

Published on Mon, 01/27/2014 by BASF Canada

AgDays highlights research and solutions for herbicide resistance

AgDays highlights research and solutions for herbicide resistance

Now in its 37th year, the Manitoba AgDays show in Brandon, MB, is easily one of the largest indoor farm shows in Canada and boasts more than 10 acres of exhibitor space. It is also one show that always does a great job of responding to the needs of today’s growers through the themes and speakers that it lines up, which plays well into the show’s tagline of ‘100% Pure Farm.’

Crop protection companies, like BASF, are continuing to work with growers to communicate proper weed management techniques. This is especially important as the number of confirmed cases of resistance continues to grow in the area.

With such attention being given to weed resistance over the past few years, it’s no wonder the topic was prominently weaved throughout the three-day event.

Published on Thu, 12/05/2013 by BASF Canada

What are rhizobia anyway?

What are rhizobia anyway?

David Townsend, BASF Brand Manager for functional crop care, explains rhizobia, why they are so important to pea and lentil plant health and formulation decisions

As the rhizobia continue to work alongside the legumes to develop healthier plants that can defend against disease, the only question left is which formulation fits your seed needs?

You’ve probably heard a lot about the value of inoculants and rhizobia. But what are rhizobia anyway? What do they do and what are inoculants doing for our crops?

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