BASF hosts cotton growers participating in variety trials for educational summit

Photo by Chuck Zimmerman.

Inaugural Agronomic Performance Trial (APT) Summit

BASF kicked off 2019 with the inaugural Agronomic Performance Trial (APT) Summit, held just prior to Beltwide Cotton Conference in New Orleans in January. More than 200 growers participate in BASF’s APT program, which helps them test and select new cottonseed varieties for the upcoming growing season.


The APT Summit program gave growers a chance to learn more about the new varieties that advanced from their trials, and how those varieties fit into specific geographies, growing conditions and management strategies.


“The APT program was launched in 2006 and is the cornerstone of our work to advance new varieties,” said Kenny Melton, Western Region Agronomic Services Manager for BASF. “More than 50 varieties have been introduced since the launch of the program, and we value the partnership and contribution of our APT growers.”


The variety trials allow BASF to evaluate performance under real world grower conditions, with larger plots and varied production management programs, as well as in broader geographies with more locations. From California to the Carolinas, there were 175 trials in 2018, which led to five new cottonseed varieties being added to the BASF product line for 2019.


To learn more about the new varieties, click here.


About BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division


With a rapidly growing population, the world is increasingly dependent on our ability to develop and maintain sustainable agriculture and healthy environments. Working with farmers, agricultural professionals, pest management experts and others, it is our role to help make this possible. That’s why we invest in a strong R&D pipeline and broad portfolio, including seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming. With expert teams in the lab, field, office and in production, we connect innovative thinking and down-to-earth action to create real world ideas that work – for farmers, society and the planet. In 2017, our division generated sales of €5.7 billion. For more information, please visit www.agriculture.basf.com or any of our social media channels.


About BASF


At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The more than 115,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of €64.5 billion in 2017. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at www.basf.com.