BASF Acquires Technology that Reduces Glufosinate Rates Up to 50%

( Darrell Smith )

To provide additional options to farmers, BASF recently acquired L-glufosinate ammonium from AgriMetis. The company says this acquisition will provide a more efficient solution and improved formulation to protect crops against weeds.

Glu-L was recently submitted to the EPA for approval and will be on the market within the next few years, after gaining regulatory approval. It will be launched in all regions glufosinate is currently used in all crops it’s currently used.

“The Glu-L technology builds on BASF’s continued commitment to innovative solutions that help farmers solve their most pressing challenges,” said Paul Rea, senior vice president, BASF Agricultural Solutions North America. “We know weed resistance continues to threaten farming operations, and this needed technology will help address this concern. It will also contribute to sustainable farming practices by reducing the amount of product needed to control weeds.”

Glufosinate products on the market today have the active ingredient L-glufosinate ammonium and inactive ingredient D-glufosinate ammonium. The technology BASF purchased converts D-glufosinate ammonium into the active L-glufosinate ammonium, which makes the product significantly more efficient.

Weed control with Glu-L is equal to glufosinate products currently on the market but requires only 50% of the product to achieve the same level of control. BASF suggests this reduction will create efficiencies for farmers and the channel and help make distribution and application more sustainable.

Jefferies' acted as the sole financial advisor to AgriMetis in this sale to BASF.

Read more about weeds and weed control here: 

BASF to Market Xitavo Soybean Seed with Enlist E3

The Future of Weed Control is Different than Today—Have You Adapted?

Don’t Make Herbicides Shoulder the Load Alone