BASF has opened a new Application Technology Centre at its crop protection division headquarters in Limburgerhof, Germany.
The facility offers a large-scale commercial sprayer set-up, capable of conducting controlled tests of new crop protection products under realistic farming conditions. The new equipment strengthens BASF’s efforts to develop robust formulations and foster an easier, safer and more efficient application of its products, said the company.
So far, formulation trials have been conducted on smaller scale. But as crop protection spraying becomes more complex, robust plant protection products and their testing according to farmers’ practice gain importance, said BASF.
Multiple products are mixed in the spray tank and farmers often face time pressure and logistical challenges while spraying, requiring a fast filling process and improved product handling.
Therefore, crop protection products must meet more demanding criteria for optimal use and best performance. For example, they must be stable when mixed with other products and safe to apply, said BASF.
Lars Wittkowski, vice president of global formulation development and analytics at BASF’s crop protection division, said: “The new Application Technology Centre is another step to further improve our formulations.
“Through the evaluation of the application process in a commercial large scale sprayer, we can optimise the application properties of products towards higher robustness. Farmers will be able to achieve better spraying results. This is important to us, as we want farmers to be able to produce food of higher quality, more efficiently and safely.”
The new centre will be testing products sold on a global scale for a wide range of crops. To conduct the tests, BASF is using a commercial sprayer provided by John Deere. Both companies will use the test results.