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Heat herbicide available for use as harvest aid/desiccant in Western Canada on field peas, soybeans, dry beans, and sunflowers

MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 11, 2014 – BASF Canada Inc. is in the final stages of establishing import tolerances or maximum residue limits (MRLs) on field peas, dry beans, sunflowers, and soybeans for key markets around the world.

Since most countries establish their own MRLs for imported foods, this announcement means growers will have the option of using Heat® herbicide as a harvest aid/desiccant on export crops in 2014.

“Growers apply a pre-harvest application for three key reasons: to dry weeds down, to speed up crop drying time, and for weed control the next year,” said Danielle Eastman, Brand Manager, Western Herbicides for BASF. “The addition of Heat herbicide helps improve growers’ pre-harvest glyphosate application for all these reasons.”

By tank-mixing glyphosate with Heat, growers will now have the ultimate harvest aid with desiccant properties. Growers can get a fast crop and weed dry down to speed up and improve harvest, while ensuring a cleaner field for the following year.

Registered in 2010 for use as a pre-seed burndown, Heat herbicide has quickly become an essential glyphosate tank-mix partner for pre-seed and chemfallow applications, improving the level of weed control and providing a superior option for the proactive management of weed resistance. 

BASF is supporting the use of Heat herbicide for use as a harvest aid/desiccant on dry beans, field peas, sunflowers, and soybeans in 2014, and continues to work towards establishing import tolerances for key markets around the world for other crops registered on the Heat label for pre-harvest use.

“BASF is committed to working with Canadian growers to provide the best solutions and maintain the high standards and reputation of Canadian agriculture,” said Eastman.

Growers are advised to be aware of international regulations. If you are concerned about potential MRL risks for your export crops, contact BASF AgSolutions® at 1-877-371-BASF (2273).

Always read and follow label directions.

BASF Canada, located in Mississauga, Ontario is a subsidiary of BASF SE, and an affiliate of BASF Corporation. BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has nearly 17,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $19.4 billion in 2013. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit To find out more about BASF’s activities in Canada visit or follow us on twitter:

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