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BASF expands biological inoculants production for agricultural markets

BASF has announced the expansion of its manufacturing facilities in Saskatoon for biological inoculants production.


August 24, 2017
By Top Crop Manager

The company is investing approximately $10 million in the expansion project. Aside from increasing the site’s production volume capacity, the improvements will ensure greater production efficiency and operational safety. Currently, the facility is dedicated to the research, development and manufacture of seed- and soil-applied inoculants, used to help improve plant performance. Products manufactured in Saskatoon reach markets across the globe and are an integral part of BASF’s seed treatment portfolio.

“The expansion is our response to the increasing demand for our biological inoculant solutions worldwide,” said Julia Harnal, Marketing Director, BASF Crop Protection Canada. “With these investments, our latest innovation, Nodulator Duo, will soon make its way from our facilities in Saskatoon to growers in Canada, who seek better plant nutrition for their crops.”

Nodulator Duo is a solid core granular inoculant for peas and lentils that contain the beneficial bacteria rhizobia as well as a Bacillus subtilis that creates a biofilm to protect the roots. The rhizobia can fix nitrogen onto crops as a plant nutrition means. Every one kilogram of Nodulator contains at least 80 billion rhizobia.

In addition to the Saskatoon site, BASF recently invested more than $828 million in its eight other North American agricultural products production sites and facilities that support its agricultural business. Such developments are critical to sustaining the company’s market leadership position in segments like high-quality seed treatments.