BASF has completed a $270 million expansion of its Beaumont, TX, facility – the largest agricultural products facility investment in company history.
The Beaumont site is the only dicamba manufacturing facility in the U.S. for the agriculture industry.
“Our commitment to North America is clear,” said Paul Rea, senior vice president, Crop Protection, BASF North America. “The agricultural market is changing, and growers are demanding the newest and most effective technologies to increase profitability.
“BASF responded to growers’ needs by making significant investments in production to deliver effective solutions to help farmers manage weed resistance and produce higher yields,” he added. “We could not have done this without our skilled workforce in Beaumont and across North America who not only help growers, but also help drive our economy.”
BASF has more than 50 years of technical experience with dicamba and is the market leader in global dicamba supply. Engenia herbicide – the company’s newest dicamba formulation – features a completely new dicamba molecule (BAPMA salt), designed specifically for dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton. This formulation is unique to BASF and contains a heavier weight and stronger bond relative to DGA and DMA dicamba formulations and was developed to reduce volatility and off-target movement of the dicamba molecule.
As part of the Engenia herbicide launch, BASF is also offering in-person and online training through the On Target Application Academy. This one-of-a-kind educational opportunity provides extensive training that promotes correct and effective herbicide application.
“We expect the demand for dicamba and herbicides like Engenia to increase, and the Beaumont facility will be critical in meeting this need,” said Thomas Bereswill, director, BASF AP Manufacturing Americas. “This expansion not only served our customers, but our community as well.”
BASF has also invested more than $290 million in its eight other North American agricultural products production sites and facilities that support its agricultural business.
Source – BASF