BASF and Corteva Agriscience collaborate to deliver the future of weed control

BASF and Corteva are collaborating to provide alternative solutions to help farmers better manage resistant and tough-to-control weeds.  During Farm Progress Show this week, the two companies announced an agreement to develop future herbicide-tolerant soybeans and complementing herbicides.

Dr. Peter Eckes is president R&D and regulatory of BASF Agricultural Solutions. “A long-term agreement where we will bring to the market two generations of herbicide-tolerant stacks,” he says.  “And they are actually powered by innovative new chemistry.”

Dr. Sam Eathington, executive vice president, chief technology and digital officer, with Corteva Agriscience says both companies are putting farmers first. “We’ve got the Enlist platform which going to be on about 45% of the acres,” he says.  “Farmers are having a great experience with that, and now we’re building on top of that additional PPO tolerance in chemistry that just gives them more choice and options.”

Eckes says the cross-licensing agreements will provide broader weed management options for farmers. “This enabled us to use PPO chemistry over the top and really create new opportunities jointly with Corteva on the Enlist platform,” he says.  “We were very happy that Corteva was actually motivated to collaborate with farmers in mind.”  BASF PPO inhibiting herbicides include Kixor®, Tirexor® and a new PPO inhibiting herbicide under development by BASF.

And, Eathington says, the agreement also includes the development of new trait stacks.  “We’ve announced here the 4th generation, which will have four modes of action,” he says.  “We talked about a five-gene stack, which will have a totally new herbicide that they’ve developed.

The companies anticipate commercialization of these advancements in the early 2030s, pending regulatory reviews and completion of field testing, with the first launch in North America.

AUDIO: Brownfield’s Cyndi Young interviews Dr. Peter Eckes with BASF Agricultural Solutions and Dr. Sam Eathington, Corteva Agriscience at the 2022 Farm Progress Show

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