BASF hosts expert discussion panel at International Rapeseed Congress (IRC) in Saskatoon

MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 6, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, at the 14th International Rapeseed Congress (IRC) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, title sponsor BASF Canada hosted an expert discussion panel on innovation to support the future of canola. The panel featured experts from the Canola Council of Canada, BASF senior management and a local grower/agronomist.

The panel met to discuss the challenges and opportunities Canadian growers face as they strive to increase average yield from the current 34 bushels per acre to 52 bushels per acre by 2025 as recommended by the Canola Council of Canada in its recent strategic plan.

"BASF has been supporting farmers in the production of oilseed rape for over 80 years," said panel speaker Ron Kehler, Business Director Crop Protection, BASF Canada. "Advancements in genetics, production practices, and crop protection are all necessary for growers to meet the challenges facing them and to harvest more acres.

"BASF is committed to the continuous development of solutions for canola growers so they can reach the 52 bushels per acre within the next decade," said Kehler. "Solutions to control weeds and facilitate straight cutting such as our HEAT® LQ herbicide and a new multiple mode of action fungicide, PRIAXOR®, with AgCelence® benefits, to control blackleg are already helping growers achieve higher yields."

For more information about BASF Canada and its products visit www.agsolutions.ca

For more information on the Canola Council of Canada, visit www.canolacouncil.org.

Always read and follow label directions.

HEAT, PRIAXOR and AgCelence are registered trade-marks of BASF SE; all used with permission by BASF Canada Inc. PRIAXOR should be used in a preventative disease control program.

© 2015 BASF Canada Inc.

About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 17,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $20.6 billion in 2014. For more information about BASF's North American operations, visit www.basf.us.

At BASF, we create chemistry – and have been doing so for 150 years. Our portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. As the world's leading chemical company, 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 over €74 billion in 2014 and around 113,000 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; Jo Ann Robinson, ON Communication, Tel: (519) 963-1946, E-mail: joann@oncommunication.ca

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