Capital Press | Press Releases Capital Press Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:14:00 -0400 en Capital Press | Press Releases Recent BASF herbicide studies show important findings for resistant weed management Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:15:40 -0400 RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, March 24, 2014 ; With more than 60 million U.S. acres affected by glyphosate-resistant weeds and nearly every state affected by some form of resistant weeds, the challenge facing growers is increasing every year. In a 2013 survey of Midwest growers, BASF found that 76 percent will be changing their weed management strategies in 2014 to address this ongoing issue.

To help determine the best strategies for combatting weed resistance, BASF scientists continue to researh solutions to help growers achieve optimal weed control. In a recent Verdict® herbicide study, BASF reaffirmed the importance of using a preemergence herbicide with multiple sites of action.

Multiple Sites of Action

BASF scientists tested the effectiveness of Verdict herbicide for control of weeds in preemerge and preplant applications. Verdict herbicide, powered by Kixor® herbicide technology, combines the active ingredients in Outlook® herbicide and Sharpen® herbicide to provide two sites of action.

“There are two key reasons for choosing products that use multiple effective sites of action,” said Mark Oostlander, Technical Market Manager, Herbicides, for BASF. “The first is better weed control in general and the second is superior control of resistant weeds.”

Oostlander explained that if there is a weed resistant to one of the sites of action, having two or more provides backup to ensure the weed is controlled and prevents it from going to seed.

To show a living demonstration of these advantages, scientists conducted a greenhouse trial where they took soil and weed seeds ; foxtail, common waterhemp and common ragweed ; from fields throughout the U.S. and grew weeds in four separate pots. They then applied a different herbicide to each of the pots; one with Outlook herbicide, one with Sharpen herbicide and one with Verdict herbicide. The fourth pot was left untreated. The multiple sites of action in Verdict herbicide proved to have the most complete control on all three of the weeds planted.

“From a scientific perspective, we understand how critical having multiple sites of action is for controlling and preventing resistant weeds, but it’s hard to really show that to people,” said Chad Brommer, Herbicides Biologist for BASF. “So in this case, a picture is worth a thousand words. The study visually shows the strengths and weaknesses of using just one site of action compared to using multiple sites of action.”

Residual Control

To show the importance of using a preemerge herbicide like Verdict herbicide, which includes long-lasting residual control, BASF scientists conducted the same greenhouse trial two weeks apart. Four weeks after the first trial started, the soil still remained weed-free, reaffirming the benefits of using a preemergence herbicide for clean fields.

“Applying a preemerge herbicide with residual control also plays a critical role in controlling weeds,” said Oostlander. “This is because weeds can be controlled for weeks after applying the herbicide.”

The Complete Weed Control Plan

Verdict herbicide is one of many BASF products that are a part of the Advanced Weed Control program. Advanced Weed Control provides growers with an extensive weed control portfolio and best management practices for efficient application and the most complete control.

To learn more about multiple effective sites of action, watch Verdict® herbicide in action.

For more information about the BASF herbicide portfolio, visit the Advanced Weed Control website. The website provides growers with the latest expert information, recomendations and insights on effective weed control, including videos from local agronomists and weed scientists discussing strategies specific to geographies across the Midwest and South.

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  Kixor, Outlook, Sharpen and Verdict are registered trademarks of BASF.

Sharpen herbicide contains the active ingredient saflufenacil. Outlook herbicide contains the active ingredient dimethenamid. Both of these active ingredients, saflufenacil and dimethenamid, are in Verdict herbicide. For more information contact:

Sandi Wilson
BASF Corporation
Tel: (919) 547-2767

About BASF’s Crop Protection division
With sales of more than ;5.2 billion in 2013, BASF’s Crop Protection division provides innovative solutions in crop protection, seed treatment and biological control as well as solutions to manage water, nutrients and plant stress. Its portfolio also includes products for turf and ornamental plants, pest control and public health. BASF’s Crop Protection division is a leading innovator that supports growers to optimize agricultural production, improve their business efficiency and enhance the quality of life for a growing world population. Further information can be found on the web at or through our social media channels.

BASF - The Chemical Company

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has nearly 17,00 employees in North America, and had sales of $19.3 billion in 2013. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of about ;74 billion in 2013 and over 112,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at

New EDGE® Sod Unroller Attachment Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:09:52 -0400 CEAttachments, Inc., a global supplier of attachments and accessories for compact equipment, announces a new re-designed EDGE Sod Unroller attachment for skid steers and track loaders.

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Westeel Announces 30,000 Bushels of Storage Give-away Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:04:05 -0400 FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA – Westeel, one of North America’s foremost manufacturers of steel storage products, has announced a contest which will see one winner receive 30,000 bushels of storage. The winner will be able to choose up to three bins from Westeel’s line of galvanized bins totaling a storage capacity of 30,000 bushels.
“We are pleased to provide our valued customers with this opportunity,” said Curtis Starkell, Sales Manager USA. “We have been manufacturing grain bins since the 1920s and are happy to put forward this contest to thank the end-users of these products.”

The contest runs from February 12, 2014 to December 30, 2014, when the draw will take place at noon. The winner will receive 1, 2, or 3 galvanized bins totaling 30,000 bushels of storage and will be responsible for the concrete, erection, drying floor, fans, transition, roof vents, unload, and freight from Fargo, ND.

The contest is open to all residents of the United States of America and no purchase is necessary to enter the contest. The easiest way to enter is to visit a Westeel booth at an upcoming tradeshow including, but not limited to, the following shows:
National Farm Machinery Show, Louisville, KY February 12 - 15, 2014
Triumph of Ag Expo, Omaha, NE, March 12 – 13, 2014
Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo, Great Bend, KS April 9 - 11, 2014
OAHE Farm & Ranch Show, Pierre, SD, June 25 – 26, 2014
Minnesota Farmfest, Redwood County, MN, August 5 - 7, 2014
Dakotafest, Mitchell, SD, August 19 - 21, 2014
Farm Progress Show, Boone, IA, August 26 - 28, 2014
Big Iron Show, Fargo, ND, September 9 - 11, 2014
Husker Harvest Days, Grand Island, NE, September 9 – 11, 2014
Ohio Farm Science Review, London OH, September 16 – 18, 2014

About Westeel
Westeel is a division of Vicwest Inc. It is headquartered in Winnipeg, where it operates one of its five production facilities. Westeel’s comprehensive catalogue of steel storage products includes a wide range of on-farm and commercial storage solutions for today’s agricultural industry, as well as custom storage and containment solutions to meet the needs of petroleum and industrial sectors. The company exports its products across North America and around the world. Vicwest Inc. is traded on the TSX under the symbol VIC.