BASF has licensed Northern Seed to perform research and development of BASF’s proprietary and patented Clearfield® technology in wheat. This agreement also allows Northern Seed to commercialize these wheat varieties that are the result of this research once completed by Northern Seed and approved for commercialization by BASF. The Clearfield® system allows wheat farmers to have another tool to manage their weed and yield goals through an integrated herbicide management system.

“This is becoming a more important tool for U.S. farmers to have more alternatives to manage their yield potential and weed control in wheat” stated Ryan Holt, Executive Vice President of Northern Seed. Holt also stated that Northern Seed is proud of the fact that this research is being performed right here in Montana at our Bozeman Research Center, for the benefit of producers in the Northern Plains of the United States. “We are honored that BASF selected us to be a partner in this research and commercialization, and that they recognize that we have the resources and distribution to perform this stewardship,” Holt said.

With more than 20 varieties, the Clearfield® Production System for wheat offers growers a wide selection of certified seed options to help ensure success. The Clearfield® Production System for wheat with Beyond® herbicide is the only complete, herbicide-tolerant system for wheat that effectively lets growers control what they grow. The result is improved grain and land quality with broad-spectrum weed control, including the industry’s best management option for suppressing feral rye.

“We look forward to working with Northern Seed and are excited about the impact this partnership can have for wheat growers,” Luke Lathan, Product Manager – Diversified, BASF Crop Protection North America said. “The Clearfield® Production System is already a powerful tool to help growers control weeds and yield high quality grain. This partnership allows for continued innovation and the potential to provide even better solutions.”

The research to be performed by Northern Seed will be under the direction of Dr. Dale Clark, Director of Research for Northern Seed.  He will be assisted by plant breeding veterans, Craig Cook and Dr. Fernando Guillen-Portal. Dr. Clark explained, “This license will allow Northern Seed to access improved Clearfield® wheat varieties, and will allow Northern Seed to breed this Clearfield® trait into locally adapted spring and winter wheat. We are extremely excited to be a partner with BASF for this research.

About BASF

About BASF’s Crop Protection division
With sales of more than €5.8 billion in 2015, BASF’s Crop Protection division provides innovative solutions for agriculture, turf and ornamental plants, pest control and public health. Our broad portfolio of active ingredients, seed treatments, biological controls, formulations and services optimizes efficient production of high quality food and protects against post-harvest loss, damage to buildings and the transmission of disease. By delivering new technologies and know-how, BASF Crop Protection supports the effort of growers and pest management professionals to make a better life for themselves and society. Further information can be found on the web at or on 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 nearly 17,500 employees in North America, and had sales of $17.4 billion in 2015. 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. The approximately 112,000 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 five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of more than €70 billion in 2015. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet

About Northern Seed

Northern Seed is a wholly owned subsidiary of Northern Agri Holdings, a Montana based company with multiple seed and feed production facilities and research centers. Northern’s research facilities in Bozeman, Montana, Vernon, Texas and Woodland, California are focused on researching and developing grains and forages both independently and in collaborations with other national and international research entities.  To learn more about Northern Agri Holdings and Northern Seed, visit, and