By Leonardo Gottems, Reporter for Agropages
We exclusively interviewed Warley Palota, Senior Cotton Seed Business Manager at BASF, on the results of the new technologies that the company presented in the last season for the Brazilian fiber market. The executive also revealed to AgroPages what BASF is planning for the next season.
What are the biotech solutions BASF is bringing to cotton in Brazil?
We are introducing the FiberMax 985GLTP variety, which is our latest release. We brought this product last year and now we are reaping the results of this variety that has been finalized in recent months. It is a variety that has greatly pleased producers as it has presented results in productivity or fiber quality and in technology performance.
This GLTP technology is the most innovative in the global market today, as it consists of the caterpillar control technology and the tolerance of both Liberty® (Ammonium Glufosinate) and Glyphosate herbicides, which facilitates weed management.
What differentiates it from other technologies, besides composition?
FiberMax 985GLTP brought about higher productivity. It was already known for its higher potential, but the results in the field proved that the increase in productivity was actually beyond expectations, reaching up to 12% of productivity above its competitor.
Another highlight is the GLTP technology, which, as an innovative technology, controls the pests, the caterpillars of cotton and gives 100% protection to the plant, and thus can express its full potential in the future.
And what is the company projecting for the future?
On the genetics side, we will continue to develop new varieties and we may soon introduce new options, always focusing on productivity and quality. Then, we will have varieties of the medium cycle, the early cycle, which is a feature that greatly helps the farmer make a decision and plan his production cycle within the crop.
In technology, we have the TLP, which is TwinLink Plus, that also has triple tolerance to caterpillars, triple Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) and tolerance to Liberty®, and does not have Glyphosate in its composition. We believe that it will be another tool for the producer to manage not only the weed, but what we call maize and voluntary plants. It is a technology long awaited by the Brazilian market, including local producers. Brazil will be the only country to commercialize this technology.