Crop stress tolerance, weather and weed control represent biggest challenges to growers

New survey helps BASF identify and address grower management


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, July 26, 2010 – Stress tolerance of crops,

unpredictable weather, and residual control of weeds are three of the biggest

challenges to grower operations, according to a survey conducted recently by BASF

Crop Protection. Findings were released today during the Ag Media Summit in St.

Paul, Minnesota.

More than 600 corn, hay, soybean and wheat growers from 44 states participated in

the survey, which examined challenges growers face in regard to managing yield,

choosing the most effective inputs, and dealing with plant stress factors. It also

examined the importance of new crop protection innovations to growers.

“This type of research is an important step in ensuring the BASF product portfolio

delivers agronomic benefits, sustainability and grower convenience,” said Gary

Fellows, Ph.D., Technical Services Regional Manager for BASF. “Along with the

important feedback we continually receive from growers, BASF will be able to use

this information to continue our effort to help growers get the most out of every acre.”

The survey uncovered many key findings* including the top concerns of growers

when it comes to disease, stress, weeds and new crop protection chemistries. Fiftyfour

percent of growers indicated that disease pressure is a major concern and 75

percent of growers indicated that stress tolerance of crops is a difficult issue to


“The survey tells us that growers are constantly challenged by disease pressure and

stress tolerance, and most of these growers need an effective fungicide to address

these challenges,” Fellows said. “In addition to a new family of fungicide products

BASF recently submitted for EPA registration, growers can rely on Headline®

fungicide and Headline AMP™ fungicide for excellent disease control and Plant

Health benefits, including improved stress tolerance from issues like changing

weather situations.”

When asked about weed management issues, 57 percent of growers reported

residual control of weeds as their most difficult weed challenge and 50 percent

reported difficulty when dealing with resistance to glyphosate. Thirty-eight percent of

growers also list the flexibility to plant when needed after a herbicide application as

another difficult weed management issue.

“Growers are asking for herbicides that help control weeds early and knock out

increasingly resistant weeds,” said Mike Hofer, Corn Market Manager for BASF. “The

Kixor® herbicide technology family of products was launched last year and

provides growers with the performance this survey demonstrates growers need –

enhanced residual control and an answer to tough-to-control, resistant weeds. BASF

has also addressed growers’ request for added flexibility and will announce a new,

expanded use for Kixor later this year.”

About 93 percent of growers indicated that new crop protection chemistries will be

important to their business in the next five years as they continue to manage issues

related to crop stress, weather and weeds. BASF is poised to expand its portfolio of

crop protection products with 28 new products planned for release in the next four

years with nine new active ingredients, including herbicide, fungicide and insecticide


“BASF is in prime position to help growers with the challenges they conveyed in our

research,” Fellows said. “The growing BASF product portfolio will help growers

continue to get the most out of every acre.”

*For full survey results, please contact [email protected]