BASF, Monsanto recommend tank mixing HEAT® and Roundup Transorb® HC to optimize weed control for pre-seed burnoff

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Managing tough-to-control and potentially resistant weeds in a pre-seed burnoff is becoming an increasing challenge for farmers.

Monsanto and BASF are recommending that farmers optimize weed control by tank mixing Roundup Transorb® HC with HEAT® herbicide as the best way to meet this challenge.

"Using multiple modes of action is the best way to improve the control of Roundup® brand herbicides and is a proven way to help delay the development and spread of herbicide resistance," says Joel Johnson, Brand Manager for Western Herbicides at BASF Canada. "HEAT has a unique Group 14 chemistry that provides farmers with a second mode of action for pre-seed burnoff and chemfallow treatments."

As part of their efforts to promote best stewardship practices, Monsanto and BASF have announced they are partnering with retailers across Western Canada to offer farmers a $0.50-per-acre discount on Roundup Transorb HC when they purchase matching acres of HEAT herbicide plus MERGE®.

"We're very pleased to be working together to provide farmers with the best solutions for their fields," says Sean Dilk, Weed Management Technical Lead at Monsanto Canada. "Mixing HEAT with Roundup Transorb HC is an important part of sustainable weed management for reduced tillage operations."

As a tank-mix partner, HEAT complements the weed management offered by Roundup Transorb HC. By providing the fastest and sharpest burndown, it's effective in managing tough weeds such as volunteer canola and kochia as well as many other potentially resistant weeds.

The off-invoice discount is applicable on products sold between November 15, 2012 and June 30, 2013. In addition, farmers are eligible for AgSolutions® Rewards on HEAT. For additional information on the program, farmers should contact their local BASF and Monsanto retailers.

About the BASF Crop Protection division
With sales of €4.0 billion in 2010, BASF's Crop Protection division is a leader in crop protection and a strong partner to the farming industry providing well-established and innovative fungicides, insecticides and herbicides. Farmers use these products and services to improve crop yields and crop quality. Other uses include public health, structural/urban pest control, turf and ornamental plants, vegetation management, and forestry. BASF aims to turn knowledge rapidly into market success. The vision of BASF's Crop Protection division is to be the world's leading innovator, optimizing agricultural production, improving nutrition, and thus enhancing the quality of life for a growing world population. Further information can be found on the web at www.agro.basf.com or follow us on twitter: www.twitter.com/basfagro.

Always read and follow label directions.

Tank mixtures: The applicable labelling for each product must be in the possession of the user at the time of application. Follow applicable use instructions, including application rates, precautions and restrictions of each product used in the tank mixture. Monsanto has not tested all tank mix product formulations for compatibility or performance other than specifically listed by brand name. Always predetermine the compatibility of tank mixtures by mixing small proportional quantities in advance. Roundup and Roundup Transorb are registered trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC, Monsanto Canada, Inc. licensee. AgSolutions is a registered trade-mark of BASF Corporation; HEAT is a registered trade-mark of BASF SE; all used with permission by BASF Canada Inc. MERGE is a registered trade-mark of BASF Canada. © 2012 Monsanto Canada, Inc. and BASF Canada Inc.

SOURCE: BASF Canada Inc.

For further information:

Joel Johnson
BASF Canada Inc.
(289) 360-6041
joel.d.johnson@basf.com

Jo Ann Robinson
ON Communication Inc.
(519) 963-1946
joann@oncommunication.ca