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BASF builds first Ag R&D facility

BASF built its Agricultural Research Station (research and farm buildings on 225 ha) in Limburgerhof, located only about 10 km from Ludwigshafen (it’s first ammonia plant). Five employees started working there in the spring of 1914. They initiated the first trials with various plants, testing ammonium sulfate and sodium nitrate that was produced in-house. They wanted to find out whether these fertilizers were as effective as standard nitrogen fertilizers, such as manure or coking ammonia, from coal production. Agriculture R&D is still conducted in Limbergerhof today.
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