BASF Expands Its Soybean Seed Treatment Portfolio

BASF brings new innovations to growers with expanded seed solutions portfolio that enhances and protects soybean seed

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC (December 3, 2018) – BASF has expanded its soybean seed treatment portfolio with the launch of Vault® IP Plus seed treatment and Obvius® Plus fungicide seed treatment, recently registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Both products will be commercially available in September 2019.

“BASF Seed Solutions offers a broad portfolio of seed treatment innovations that protect, unlock and enhance the full genetic potential of the seed,” said Martin Horrocks, Director of North America Seed Solutions, BASF. “With the addition of Vault IP Plus and Obvius Plus seed treatments, we offer soybean growers an even broader portfolio that will get them off to a strong start this season.”

Vault IP Plus for healthier plants and increased yield

With the launch of Vault IP Plus seed treatment, BASF sets new standards for seed inoculation and protection. It’s the only combined inoculant and EPA-registered biofungicide, containing two active biologicals for improved fungicidal activity and protection.

“While early planting allows soybeans to intercept more sunlight for better photosynthesis, this practice also exposes newly planted seeds to potential damage from fungal infections while the soil is still damp and cool,” said Clark. “Obvius Plus seed treatment offers protection from key diseases such as Phytophthora, Pythium, Fusarium and Rhizoctonia.”

“Soybean growers can benefit from Vault IP Plus seed treatment, as it delivers increased root nodulation and disease protection for an overall healthier soybean plant,” said Justin Clark, Technical Marketing Manager, BASF. “The highly effective rhizobia are produced fresh every year to increase overall nodulation and maximize nitrogen fixation potential.”

With more nodulation and extended disease protection, Vault IP Plus seed treatment delivers more vigorous roots, increased nutrient uptake, healthier plants and increased yield potential.

Obvius Plus for early season success

Obvius Plus seed treatment supports faster emergence and healthier plants. The new seed treatment delivers four-way disease protection that helps growers get their soybean crop successfully established earlier in the season.

With long-lasting disease control and early season stress tolerance, Obvius Plus seed treatment enables outstanding early season vigor and plant stands, ensuring soybean seeds have the protection they need during early planting conditions and beyond.

BASF offers soybean growers many seed enhancement benefits for healthier plants and improved yield potential that reach well beyond traditional disease, pest or nematode control. Growers can learn more about Vault IP Plus and Obvius Plus seed treatments by contacting their BASF representative or visiting agproducts.basf.com.

Always read and follow label directions. Vault IP and Obvius are registered trademarks of BASF. State registrations are pending. Check with your state regulatory authority.

About BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division With a rapidly growing population, the world is increasingly dependent on our ability to develop and maintain sustainable agriculture and healthy environments. Working with farmers, agricultural professionals, pest management experts and others, it is our role to help make this possible. That’s why we invest in a strong R&D pipeline and broad portfolio, including seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming. With expert teams in the lab, field, office and in production, we connect innovative thinking and down-to-earth action to create real world ideas that work – for farmers, society and the planet. In 2017, our division generated sales of €5.7 billion. For more information, please visit www.agriculture.basf.com or any of our social media channels.

About BASF BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 18,200 employees in North America, and had sales of $17.9 billion in 2017. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.com.

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The more than 115,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of more than €60 billion in 2017. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at www.basf.com.