History of innovation

100 years of ingenuity... and counting.

You might not be aware of it, but BASF has been in the business of boosting crop yields for roughly a century dating from when its researchers invented the commercial production of fertilizer. Historians will tell you that was one of the biggest contributions to agriculture since the invention of the plough. But that’s not the only way that BASF has made major contributions to agriculture.

Take a step back in time and see for yourself. Here are some of the highlights of how the company has helped advance New Zealand and global agriculture:

  • 1920: BASF developed nitrogen fertilisers.
  • 1949: BASF introduced one of the first modern cereal herbicides that help establish the Green Revolution in agriculture.
  • 1974: BASAGRAN® – The first herbicide that could be applied onto emerged crops to control broadleaf weeds.
  • 1985 to 1997: The imidazolinone family of active ingredients introduces a range of residual activity to weed control.
  • 1999: Clearfield® Production System – now covering canola, maize, wheat and Xceed.

The commitment to innovate at BASF will continue to provide growers with solutions to their needs. Also instilled in the multiple divisions extending beyond agriculture, this spirit infuses BASF, ensuring that the latest innovations are brought to your fields.

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