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BASF Agricultural Solution News: Introduces xarvio® SeedSelect

BASF's xarvio® SeedSelect optimizes soybean yield by using algorithms to match seed varieties with specific field conditions.

BASF’s latest innovation in agricultural technology, xarvio® SeedSelect, is set to revolutionize how soybean varieties are chosen and planted. This advanced seed variety placement technology is designed to maximize yield potential by precisely matching soybean varieties to specific field conditions. 

Key Takeaways
  1. Advanced Algorithm for Precision Farming: xarvio® SeedSelect employs an algorithm developed from extensive plot trial field research, local topographic and soil attributes, and variety-specific yield-building characteristics.
  2. Enhanced Yield Potential: The technology evaluates soybean varieties based on their yield-building abilities, offering a deeper understanding of the field characteristics that best support growth.
  3. Data-Driven Seed Selection: The tool allows retail seed professionals to make informed recommendations, ensuring that the best-suited seed variety is selected for each field environment.
  4. Improved Productivity: Early adopters of the technology, like Ryan Myers from Illinois, have reported significant increases in yield, demonstrating the effectiveness of xarvio® SeedSelect in optimizing soybean production.
  5. Integration with xarvio FIELD MANAGER: The technology is part of the broader xarvio FIELD MANAGER platform, offering comprehensive crop optimization and field-specific agronomic recommendations.

xarvio® SeedSelect represents a significant advancement in digital farming, offering a more nuanced approach to soybean seed selection. Developed by BASF, this technology is rooted in the understanding that the success of soybean crops extends beyond mere weather considerations.

Greg Ury, a BASF Agronomist, emphasizes the importance of understanding subfield environments. Trials conducted across various fields have helped isolate the influence of factors like organic matter, cation exchange capacity (CEC), slope, and other yield-contributing elements. This detailed analysis allows for more precise placement and management of soybean varieties, enhancing resilience against unpredictable weather conditions.

Amy Pawlick, Digital Farming Manager for BASF, highlights the complexity of seed selection, noting that xarvio® SeedSelect simplifies this process. By providing prescriptive variety selection and field placement, retailers are better equipped to improve growers’ yield potentials from the outset.

The technology analyzes influential topographic and soil attributes alongside individual variety’s yield-building characteristics. When combined with customer field data, the algorithm recommends the best Xitavo soybean seed varieties for each field’s unique characteristics, thus increasing the likelihood of successful product placement and performance.

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BASF will invest in a new fermentation plant for biological crop protection products at its Ludwigshafen site. The plant will employ fermentation technology to convert renewable raw materials into biological fungicides, seed treatments, and a novel insecticide called Inscalis®. This aligns with BASF’s commitment to innovative manufacturing processes based on renewable raw materials. The plant is expected to be commissioned in the second half of 2025 and will employ 30 people in production, logistics, engineering, and maintenance roles.

BASF Agricultural Solutions Segment Faces Slight Decline in Q2 2023 (2023/10/09)

BASF’s Agricultural Solutions segment reported sales of €2.2 billion in Q2 2023, marking a 9.3% decline compared to the same period in the prior year. The primary reason for the decline was higher channel inventories in individual core markets and lower agricultural commodity prices. Despite these challenges, the segment implemented price increases, setting it apart from other segments. The overall BASF Group reported a 24.7% decline in sales, amounting to €17.3 billion for the same quarter. BASF has adjusted its outlook for 2023, expecting sales of between €73 billion and €76 billion and an EBIT before special items of between €4.0 billion and €4.4 billion.

BASF Agriculture Solutions Unveils Innovation & Sustainability Strategies in Egypt (2023/09/26)

BASF Agriculture Solutions held a press conference to announce its innovation and sustainability strategies in Egypt. BASF has allocated 900 million Euros for research and development, which has led to the creation of groundbreaking products like Versys™ Insecticide. The company’s sustainability strategy in Egypt is based on three fundamental pillars, one of which is the Container Management Project. The company also offers a Mobile Agricultural Clinic and integrated precision farming technology into its ‘Ardena’ App. By investing in innovation and sustainability, BASF Agriculture Solutions is contributing to Egypt’s agricultural sector and setting a global standard for responsible and sustainable practices.

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BASF and Kubota are collaborating to integrate BASF’s advanced xarvio® FIELD MANAGER crop optimization platform with Kubota’s KSAS operating platform. This integration is aimed at increasing convenience, optimizing fertilizer use, boosting yield, and providing a higher return on investment for farmers. The second phase will assess the performance of the integrated platforms through field trials managed by ZEN-NOH during the 2023 growing season. The fully integrated platform is expected to be commercially available in Japan by spring 2024.

BASF’s Q1 2023 Sales Decline, But EBIT Exceeds Estimates (2023/04/13)

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BASF Provides Updates On Innovation Pipeline (2023/03/16)

BASF, a leading global chemical company, recently showcased its latest advancements in the agricultural innovation pipeline, focusing on crop protection, seeds and traits, and digital solutions. These advancements provide farmers with much-needed solutions to address local and crop-specific pest pressures, climate challenges, regulatory requirements, and consumer expectations. The company’s robust innovation pipeline has an estimated peak sales potential of over €7.5 billion, driven by products slated for launch within the next decade.

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