BASF Expands Development Of Seed Treatments At Georgia Facility

Aug. 28, 2020
BASF site expansion aids farmers and local communities.

BASF announces the expansion of its Sparks, Georgia facility. The company says it invested approximately $70 million in capital improvements to produce seed treatment formulations that will also lead to 30 new full-time jobs at the site. 

“We will continue to help farmers and our seed company and channel partners succeed in their operations, which includes the development of our seed treatment portfolio,” says Martin Horrocks, director, seed treatment, BASF Agricultural Solutions North America. “BASF has responded to their needs by making significant investments in production to deliver effective solutions to help farmers manage pests, disease and produce higher yields.”

The site expansion includes a new formulation unit, lab expansion and a climate-controlled warehouse, bringing the total site assets to $200 million. As one of seven BASF global production sites for seed treatment products, the site will now directly produce BASF’s seed treatment portfolio, including the Poncho Votivo 2.0 seed treatment system for corn comprised of:

  • Poncho, which brings a systemic insecticide that is quickly absorbed through the roots and protects the plant from insects above and below ground.
  • Votivo, which brings a distinctive bacteria strain that creates a living barrier to prevent damage from plant pathogenic nematodes and promotes root and plant growth.
  • TWO.O, which brings a second complementary bacteria that increases microbial activity in the soil around the root, resulting in an increase of available nutrients for the plant to use.

The site will also produce ILEVO seed treatment, BASF’s offering helping soybean farmers protect their yields from both Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) and nematodes.

Hiring for the new positions, including production and warehouse operators, lab techs, maintenance tech, supervisory staff and planning will begin in the fourth quarter of 2020. The newly expanded site areas will be fully operational by the third quarter of next year.

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