BASF announces new herbicide innovation registered for glyphosate-tolerant soybeans

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Growers looking to maximize yields in their glyphosate-tolerant soybeans now have a new herbicide in their arsenal. BASF Canada announced today that the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has registered OPTILLTM herbicide on soybeans for the 2013 season.

OPTILL is a pre-plant soybean herbicide that offers a fast burndown and superior residual weed control of grass and broadleaf weeds. Pre-registration trial results for OPTILL show a yield increase of two to three bushels per acre compared to using glyphosate alone.

"OPTILL allows growers to achieve their maximum yield, regardless of whether they're running vertical tillage or no-till operations - it's a great fit," says Joel Johnson, Brand Manager - Herbicides at BASF Canada. "It provides a clean start, with greater control of dandelions and grassy weeds from planting through to early crop development. Even in situations with heavy crop residue, it provides good residual activity."

Tank-mixed with glyphosate, OPTILL is a premix dry formulation of KIXOR® and imazethapyr (Group 14 and Group 2) that uses multiple modes of action to control a broad spectrum of weeds in glyphosate-tolerant soybeans. When applied pre-plant, OPTILL is part of a two-pass program that provides a fast and complete burndown with early season residual control of later germinating weeds for four to six weeks.
"The fast burndown and residual activity allows growers to have clean fields at the start of the season, and keep them clean all season long," says Johnson.

For more information on OPTILL herbicide, visit www.AgSolutions.ca. For full application instructions, growers should always read and follow label directions.

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.

OPTILL is a trade-mark and KIXOR is a registered trade-mark of BASF SE; all used with permission by BASF Canada Inc.

© 2013 BASF Canada Inc

SOURCE: BASF Canada Inc.

For further information:

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

Natalie Little-Rowe
ON Communication Inc.
(519) 434-1365 x 236
natalie@oncommunication.ca