BASF committed to helping Manitoba growers manage glyphosate resistance

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 15, 2014 /CNW/ - BASF Canada recommends that growers take proactive steps to help control glyphosate resistance after a recent study found kochia plants from two sites in Manitoba to be glyphosate-resistant. The study tested plants from 283 sites across the province.

The confirmation of glyphosate-resistant kochia in Manitoba makes it the province's first. The number of sites where glyphosate-resistant kochia has been confirmed has grown from the original three sites in Southern Alberta to include sites across Saskatchewan.

"Glyphosate is an important herbicide that we need to protect for the future," said Danielle Eastman, Western Herbicide Brand Manager for BASF Canada. "Using proper management techniques will be critical to prolong the use of this valuable tool."

The two sites that tested positive for glyphosate resistance represent less than one percent of the total number of sites tested. Manitoba growers have an opportunity to delay the spread of the weed by using proper management techniques.

"BASF is committed to working with growers in Manitoba and across the country to help delay the spread of resistance," said Eastman. "Tank-mixing products with unique modes of action like HEAT® and DISTINCT® to your glyphosate is an important management practice that all growers should be using."

Tank-mixing and using multiple modes of action are even more critical since most of the kochia in Western Canada is resistant to Group 2 herbicides. Heat provides control of broadleaf weeds with a unique Group 14 and Distinct uses Group 4 and Group 19 chemistries to provide control of annual broadleaf and winter annual weeds.

Researchers will continue to monitor the sites where plants tested positive to try to control the spread but BASF recommends that growers incorporate multiple management practices on their farms and be proactive about managing resistance.

For more information on HEAT, DISTINCT and BASF herbicides visit www.agsolutions.ca

HEAT is a registered trade-mark of BASF SE; DISTINCT is a registered trade-mark of BASF Corporation; all used with permission by BASF Canada Inc.

© 2014 BASF Canada Inc. 

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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 about €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) 434-1365 x254, E-mail: andrea@oncommunication.ca


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