Easyconnect closed transfer system pilot group expands

The number of agricultural industry leaders committed to provide access to closed transfer systems (CTS) continues to grow. From September 2020, Certis Europe joins ADAMA, BASF, Corteva Agriscience, Nufarm and Syngenta to introduce easyconnect CTS in the European market from 2021/22. The growing number of supporters of the easyconnect system steadily increases the number of products equipped with the easyconnect cap, giving farmers a broad choice.

“The European crop protection industry recently adopted a set of ambitious commitments to support the EU’s new Green Deal. This includes a reinforced commitment to protect people and the environment,” explained Juan Sasturain, Manager for Product Stewardship Strategies at BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division and current chair of the easyconnect CTS pilot group. “To further reduce operators’ exposure, the European crop protection industry wants to make technologies, such as CTS, available to 100% of European farmers and operators by 2030. With easyconnect, we are fully on track to meet this target.”

The number of agricultural industry leaders supporting the closed transfer system easyconnect continues to grow giving farmers the freedom to choose from a wide range of products. All captions courtesy by BASF

The easyconnect system consists of two components: a unique cap – pre-fitted on the containers – and a coupler, which together establish the CTS.

“easyconnect provides a compelling combination of safety and convenience in handling liquid crop protection products, reducing potential risks of spilling and splashes during the filling process. Using easyconnect is the safest and most convenient way for operators to fill their spray tank, and this is what convinced us to join the pilot group,” explained Jacques Haverlant, Head of Innovation and Development, Certis.  

The easyconnect system provides a compelling combination of safety and convenience in handling liquid crop protection products, reducing potential risks of spilling and splashes during the filling process

The first market launch is expected in Denmark and the Netherlands in 2021, followed by France, Germany and the United Kingdom in 2022. Other countries are likely to follow.

Developed by BASF in collaboration with third-party equipment manufacturers, easyconnect has been extensively tested on-farm across Europe since 2015. Based on farmers’ feedback, the system has been steadily improved in terms of handling and speed, making filling faster than via the commonly used induction hopper.

easyconnect is an open technology and available to all interested agricultural parties. Further industry players in the agrochemical sector, equipment manufacturers or any other parties interested in joining the launch of easyconnect are encouraged to contact any of the six companies.

ADAMA Ltd. is a global leader in crop protection, providing solutions to farmers across the world to combat weeds, insects and disease. ADAMA has one of the widest and most diverse portfolios of active ingredients in the world, as well as state-of-the-art R&D, manufacturing and formulation facilities. With a culture that empowers our people to listen to farmers and ideate from the field, ADAMA is uniquely positioned to offer a vast array of distinctive mixtures, formulations and high-quality differentiated products, delivering solutions that meet local farmer and customer needs in over 100 countries globally.  For more information, visit us at www.ADAMA.com  

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 EUR 7.8 billion. For more information, please visit www.agriculture.basf.com

Certis is committed to developing and delivering solutions to help growers produce healthy crops in ways that are better for the Earth and good for us all. We have worked for many years to develop Integrated Crop Management programmes using a wide range of products and a variety of technologies in different crops, countries and conditions. Our special focus on the development of Biorational products, used in combination with conventional products, allows growers of an increasing range of indoor and outdoor crops to supply residue-free produce efficiently to fit the needs and demands of the retail sector and consumers. With four areas of strategic focus (Arable; Speciality crops; Potatoes, bulbs and field vegetables; and Seed treatment) as well as our International Business Division, we offer a full range of services including Development and Registration, Sales and Marketing, Technical Support and Supply Chain Management.

Corteva Agriscience is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that provides farmers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry – including a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity to enhance yield and profitability. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and an industry-leading product and technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Corteva Agriscience became an independent public company on June 1, 2019 and was previously the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. More information can be found at www.corteva.com

Nufarm Limited is a leading developer and manufacturer of crop protection solutions and seed technologies. Our team of more than 2,500 people make a vital contribution to our reputation for quality products that meet the needs of growers, customer support and partnership in major agricultural markets in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Nufarm is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (symbol NUF) and our head office is located in Melbourne, Australia. www.nufarm.com

Syngenta is one of the world’s leading agriculture companies. Our ambition is to help safely feed the world while taking care of the planet.  We aim to improve the sustainability, quality and safety of agriculture with world class science and innovative crop solutions. Our technologies enable millions of farmers around the world to make better use of limited agricultural resources. Syngenta Crop Protection is part of Syngenta Group with 48000 people in more than 100 countries and is working to transform how crops are grown. Through partnerships, collaboration and The Good Growth Plan we are committed to accelerating innovation for farmers and nature, striving for carbon neutral agriculture, helping people stay safe and healthy and partnering for impact. To learn more visit http://www.syngenta.com and http://www.goodgrowthplan.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Syngenta  and www.twitter.com/SyngentaUS