BASF registers new herbicide for managing resistance in soybeans

MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 26, 2014 /CNW/ - Soybean growers have a new option for managing weeds this spring. BASF Canada Inc. has registered OPTILL® herbicide for pre-plant use in soybeans.

OPTILL is a pre-plant soybean herbicide that offers a fast burndown and residual control of grass and broadleaf weeds. Research trials for OPTILL show excellent results on tough-to-control and glyphosate-resistant weeds, such as Canada fleabane and giant ragweed.

"OPTILL gives soybean growers a rapid pre-plant burndown as well as residual activity that will keep fields cleaner during the early stages of crop development," said Sean Chiki, Brand Manager, Corn and Soybean Herbicides at BASF. "It provides a clean start, with greater control of grasses and broadleaf weeds including glyphosate-resistant biotypes."

Tank-mixed with glyphosate, OPTILL is a premix of the active ingredients KIXOR® and imazethapyr (Group 14 and Group 2) that uses multiple modes of action to control a broad spectrum of weeds. When applied pre-plant, OPTILL can provide residual control for four to six weeks.

"The fast burndown and residual activity give growers clean fields early in the season and will help them stay clean throughout the season, even in fields with heavy crop residue," said Chiki.

For more information on OPTILL, visit www.agsolutions.ca.

Always read and follow label directions.

OPTILL and KIXOR are registered trade-marks of BASF SE, used with permission by BASF Canada Inc.

© 2014 BASF Canada Inc.

BASF - The Chemical Company

BASF Canada, located in Mississauga, Ontario is a subsidiary of BASF SE, and an affiliate of BASF Corporation. BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has nearly 17,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $19.3 billion in 2013. For more information about BASF's North American operations, visit www.basf.us. To find out more about BASF's activities in Canada visit www.basf.ca or follow us on twitter: www.twitter.com/basfcanada.

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of €74 billion in 2013 and over 112,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

SOURCE BASF Canada Inc.

For further information: Christina Stroud, BASF Canada Inc., Tel: (289) 360-6062, E-mail: christina.stroud@basf.com; Andrea Maillet, ON Communication, Tel: (519) 434-5709, E-mail: andrea@oncommunication.ca