New soybean seed distributed by BASF meets grower needs

BASF agronomists available for commentary on new market option


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, August 27, 2020 – Soybean growers have a new seed option available for the 2021 growing season.


BASF announces the U.S. launch of Xitavo™ Brand soybean seed with Enlist E3® technology. Xitavo Brand soybean seed is owned by MS Technologies and exclusively distributed by BASF.


With weed resistance increasing, growers need new tools to improve soybean efficiency and productivity. Xitavo soybean seed delivers an innovative solution to growers seeking a new soybean seed option.


“At MS Technologies, we’re committed to providing leading solutions and better choices for soybean growers,” said Joe Merschman, President of MS Technologies. “We know that higher yields are always top of mind for growers, and we’re excited to collaborate with BASF to bring this new technology to market to help growers get the most out of every acre.”


Xitavo soybean seed includes the Enlist E3 triple-stack herbicide tolerant trait. Enlist E3 soybeans provide tolerance to Liberty® herbicide, new 2,4-D choline and glyphosate. With the ability to use these three herbicides, soybean growers can employ multiple modes of action against their most troublesome weeds. Xitavo will be available in 19 varieties covering relative maturities group 0.1-4.6. With this new seed, soybean growers have more choice and flexibility in selecting herbicide tolerance traits, genetics, BASF seed treatments and crop protection solutions. 


“Success for growers starts with good seed,” said Doug Little, BASF Soybean Seed Marketing Manager. “BASF is expanding its soybean seed portfolio to offer growers the options they need and the flexibility they want.”


 BASF’s broad portfolio of seed treatment and crop protection products can protect and nurture these soybean varieties to help maximize their full potential.


Growers interested in learning about Xitavo soybean seed varieties are encouraged to talk to their local BASF seed advisor or authorized BASF seed retailer for more information.


Always read and follow label directions.

Xitavo is a trademark of M.S. Technologies, L.L.C., West Point, IA. MS Technologies is a trademark of M.S. Technologies, L.L.C. Enlist and the Enlist logo are registered trademarks of Dow AgroSciences. The transgenic event in Enlist E3 soybeans is jointly developed and owned by Dow AgroSciences LLC and M.S. Technologies, L.L.C.

© 2020 BASF Corporation. All rights reserved.



About M.S. Technologies, L.L.C.


M.S. Technologies, L.L.C. is a leading trait, technology and soybean genetics provider. MS Technologies features a portfolio of in-house traits, as well as wide access to other traits and technologies through collaborative agreements with other parties. For more information on MS Technologies, visit our website 



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 2019, our division generated sales of €7.8 billion. For more information, please visit or any of our social media channels.



About BASF


BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 18,800 employees in North America and had sales of $18.4 billion in 2019. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit


At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 117,000 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 six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €59 billion in 2019. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at