BASF Digital Farming and Richardson International announce the first commercial agreement for xarvio® FIELD MANAGER in Canada

CALGARY, Alberta / WINNIPEG, Canada, March 18 – BASF Digital Farming and Richardson International (‘Richardson’) announced today the first commercial agreement for xarvio FIELD MANAGER between BASF Canada Inc. and Richardson.

Through the agreement, xarvio FIELD MANAGER, an advanced agronomic enablement platform powered by BASF, will be added to Richardson’s well-established agronomic advisory and digital ag services. Richardson will extend the use of this technology to its entire network, spanning four Canadian provinces – Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia.

With xarvio FIELD MANAGER, Richardson’s agronomists will be able to offer growers more precise, field-specific crop management advice during the season. This includes up-to-date information on plant growth stages and disease risks, with early risk alert notifications provided to protect crops from key diseases, such as Sclerotinia in Canola. Combining these risk alerts with the expertise of Richardson’s agronomists, will allow their agronomists to make product recommendations that can help maximize a grower’s yield.

Additionally, Richardson agronomists will be able to use xarvio FIELD MANAGER to generate tailored variable application maps for seeding, crop protection, and nutrition tasks based on field specific data such as yield maps, soil maps, and 15 years of historic biomass imagery from satellite data. These customized application maps assist with the targeted use of crop inputs in field areas that present optimal yield potential. xarvio FIELD MANAGER’s variable application maps are compatible with all machinery terminals.

xarvio FIELD MANAGER’s recommended agronomic advice in Canada is calibrated to local conditions. It is further supported and maintained through ongoing BASF field trials, where plant growth, pest, and disease models are developed, assessed, and confirmed by BASF agronomists.

In 2022/23 Canola field trials, which took place in Western Canada in various climatic conditions, xarvio FIELD MANAGER consistently predicted economically significant field-specific Sclerotinia disease incidence. Spraying for Sclerotinia at the optimal time can help to effectively protect yield and improve ROI, particularly in higher-yielding, higher-risk fields.

Kael Briggs, xarvio Commercial Lead for Canada, comments: “Like Richardson, we lead with agronomy whether that is through our seed, crop protection, or digital farming tools. Our focus in the digital tools space is on delivering agronomic intelligence that helps to optimize crop production, improve profitability, and fosters sustainability.”

“Richardson and BASF have a longstanding and trusted partnership, and we are thrilled to now introduce xarvio FIELD MANAGER to our digital agriculture lineup,” says Russ Reich, Vice-President of Crop Inputs at Richardson International. “We are committed to enhancing our offerings with value-added services and tools, empowering our grower customers to make well-informed decisions for their farming operations. Our goal is to assist them in maximizing yields while safeguarding their crops throughout the growing cycle. We are confident that xarvio FIELD MANAGER will play a crucial role in achieving this objective and believe it aligns seamlessly with our go-to-market strategy.”

Leta LaRush, Vice President, Business Management for BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions adds, “Through this first commercial agreement, together we can help Canada’s farmers get the best of both worlds – sound advice from Richardson’s experienced team of agronomic advisors, complemented by the precise digitally enabled recommendations we deliver at BASF.”

xarvio FIELD MANAGER is now available at Richardson Pioneer Ag Business Centres across Western Canada.

xarvio® is a registered trademark of BASF; used under license by BASF Canada Inc. © 2024 BASF Canada Inc. All Rights Reserved.

About xarvio® Digital Farming Solutions – a brand by BASF Digital Farming GmbH
xarvio® Digital Farming Solutions is at the forefront of the digital transformation of agriculture, optimizing crop production. Its products, xarvio® FIELD MANAGER and xarvio® HEALTHY FIELDS, use an advanced crop modelling platform to provide independent, timely and field-specific agronomic advice. xarvio’s proven technology consistently delivers measurable benefits for farmers, helping them to produce crops more efficiently, sustainably, and profitably. For more information, please visit or any of our social media channels.

About BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, has over 625 employees who work at one of three production facilities across Canada including: Lethbridge, Saskatoon, and Regina, or one of several research farms across the Canadian prairies. Agricultural Solutions is the largest division of BASF Canada Inc., working closely with the regional Agricultural Solutions team, collaborating on research and product development that benefits North American growers. To find out more about BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions, visit or follow us on X and Instagram.

Everything we do, we do for the love of farming. Farming is fundamental to provide enough healthy and affordable food for a rapidly growing population, while reducing environmental impacts. That’s why we are working with partners and experts to integrate sustainability criteria into all business decisions. We invest in a strong R&D pipeline, combining innovative thinking with practical action in the field. Our solutions are purpose-designed for different crop systems. Connecting seeds and traits, crop protection products, digital tools and sustainability approaches, to help deliver the best possible outcomes for farmers, growers and our other stakeholders along the value chain. With teams in the lab, field, office and in production, we do everything in our power to build a sustainable future for agriculture. In 2023, our division generated sales of €10.1 billion. For more information, please visit or 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 approximately 16,000 employees in North America and had sales of $20.5 billion in 2023. 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. Around 112,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €68.9 billion in 2023. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the United States. Further information at

About Richardson International Since 1857, Richardson International Limited has been recognized as a global leader in agriculture and food processing. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, the company is a worldwide handler and merchandiser of all major Canadian-grown grains and oilseeds and a vertically integrated processor and manufacturer of oats, canola, and malting barley-based products. Over the past two decades, Richardson has become a significant player in the global food business, producing a wide variety of food products and ingredients for the retail, food service, and industrial markets. Richardson continues to grow, thanks to the dedication and innovative spirit of over 3,500 employees worldwide.

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