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Seed, herbicide innovation showcased


By: BASF Agricultural Solutions


SEYMOUR - BASF Agricultural Solutions kicked off summer at its Midwest Research Station in Seymour, IL.


About 320 growers and retailers attended the Showcase Plot Tour to chat with agronomists and in-field experts about the issues they’re facing in fields this year while also previewing new products and innovations in the BASF pipeline.


Illinois-based Technical Service Representative, Mike Probst, introduced BASF’s new corn post-emergence herbicide, Surtain, to attendees amidst several trial plots. With an anticipated registration of early 2024, Surtain utilizes a revolutionary new solid-encapsulation formula that allows corn growers more residual control and flexibility in managing weeds – particularly those with HPPD resistance.


“Lots of folks know BASF as THE soybean company, which is why we’re really investing in weed control for soybeans – particularly for the Liberty® herbicide brand,” said Jared Roskamp, Missouri Technical Service Representative. “Liberty is not a new tool, but we’re always looking at ways we can innovate.”


Roskamp provided attendees a glimpse at a new addition to the Liberty family – a product containing Glu-L technology, which makes this new solution significantly more efficient by reducing the amount of product needed to control weeds.


New Xitavo soybean seed varieties were also on display. BASF Midwest Agronomist Greg Ury discussed the benefits of diversity in seed variety characteristics and the importance of placement. In 2025, BASF will be bringing new germplasm to the market, and growers and retailers witnessed a firsthand look at how the germplasm is progressing in fields.


Later this summer, BASF is hosting additional Showcase Plot tours in Story City, Iowa, on August 1 and in Beaver Crossing, Nebraska on August 8 and 9. For more information, please reach out to your local BASF representative or visit the BASF website.

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