BASF: Committed to farming
BASF South Africa is committed to farming. Not only is this evident by the launch of recent innovations such as Eragon®*, but also by initiatives such as the complete transformation of its supply chain model and its investment into digitalization. 2018 has been an exciting year for BASF locally, as the chemical giant changed its distribution model and moved its warehouse in Johannesburg from Midrand to City Deep. This site is centrally located, resulting in increased convenience and ease of access for customers. As digitalization is becoming more important in the global business environment, BASF South Africa is also busy with a few initiatives in this space ranging from the development of an exciting new crop protection app, to investing in a new satellite imaging tool. “BASF listens to farmers. In recent discussions with our clients, we have identified some key needs and shortcomings, and by offering these new initiatives, we believe we will create tremendous value in our service offering”, adds Bright Breytenbach, Country Manager, BASF Agricultural Solutions South Africa.
The challenging and often unpredictable climatic environment of maize production in South Africa, in addition to the lower than normal maize prices, has contributed to the complexity for many farmers, who are now forced to re-evaluate their input costs.
As a result of the extreme drought experienced in the Western and Southern Cape regions in South Africa during 2017, BASF Agricultural Solutions South Africa announced a cost reduction of its latest fungicide on cereals, Ceriax®, in April 2018. As BASF remains committed to farming, it has decided to extend this campaign to maize crops by making its innovative and proven pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides, Intelex®, Stellar® Star and Campus® more affordable for farmers. This allows farmers the opportunity to use the latest technology in their maize fields to achieve the best results under challenging situations, ultimately leading to a higher return on investment. “We believe that this initiative will support local maize farmers to a great extent, and we will continuously look for new opportunities to increase our investment in South Africa”, adds Mr. Breytenbach.
Intelex®, BASF’s revolutionary pre-emergent herbicide in maize
Intelex®, powered by Kixor®, is BASF’s newest revolution for the pre-emergent control of grasses and broadleaf weeds in conventional and GMO maize. Intelex® is a pre-emergent solution in one container that requires no additional products to be added and offers control of many difficult to control weeds including Ipomoea purpurea and Commelina benghalensis. When used correctly, Intelex® is highly selective in maize and is well suited for crop rotations with soybeans, cereals and sunflowers.
Stellar® Star, BASF’s broadest spectrum post-emergent herbicide in maize
Stellar® Star offers two modes of action from Topramazone and Dicamba in an already optimized formulation which does not require any addition of adjuvants. Stellar® Star is registered to control 17 annual grasses and 31 broadleaf weeds including hard to control weeds such as Citrullus lanatus, Commelina benghalensis, Fallopia convolvulus and Ipomoea purpurea.
Campus® – highly selective, broad spectrum control
Campus® is a reliable post-emergent herbicide for the control of a broad-spectrum of 16 grasses and 27 broadleaf weeds. It is highly selective in conventional and glyphosate tolerant maize and this gives farmers the flexibility to apply Campus® later in the crop development.