It’s easy to feel dwarfed by the sheer size of BASF. Driving past BASF’s enormous chemical facility in Ludwigshafen, Germany, one can truly appreciate the immense size of the company. Here, BASF employs more than 33,000 of its overall workforce of more than 110,000.
BASF is the largest diversified chemical company in the world. The company develops and markets products that reach into just about every aspect of consumer life. On the company’s website, it lists 25 industries in which it provides products.
While most corn growers are thinking about the 2012 crop, seed companies are now determining just how much corn seed to produce for the 2013 season, and beyond.
It’s a complicated balancing act that uses current sales, product demand, trait choice, customer feedback and sales force projections, among other factors, to determine which corn hybrids to plant, and in what quantities, to meet demand that at the time is probably the farthest thing from their customers’ minds.
It’s not often the topic of air fresheners comes up at an ag conference, so imagine my surprise when this flashed on a screen during a seminar at Crop World Global 2011: Every year, 2,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized with injuries due to air fresheners.
Although it’s still too early to put a cap on the winter of 2011–12, for most parts of the Midwest, this year’s winter weather has been anything but wintery. And that has weed watchers putting out a word of caution: Early-season weed populations could be above normal, and weeds could reach advanced growth stages much earlier than usual. Farmers may need to purchase more weed control products and purchase them earlier this year.
Predicting insect populations from year to year is difficult, if not impossible, so farmers need to be vigilant and scout. Here are five of the most common problematic insects, listed in no particular order.
You have to marvel at the weeds on this list. Despite all the efforts to eradicate these pests, they continue to come back, year after year. To make matters worse, they’ve adapted to modern farming practices and in some cases have developed resistance to modern crop protection products. Most growers have firsthand experience with most of these weeds, listed in no particular order.
Name brands may come and go, some herbicide products have evolutionized the way we farm. Micheal Owen, professor of agronomy at Iowa State University, lets us stroll down memory lane to review 10 “classic” herbicides, listed in no particular order.
Glyphosate revolutionized weed control when this nonselective herbicide was teamed up with the Roundup Ready trait.
Industry sources have told Farm Industry News that this year’s seed corn supply is much tighter than previously thought, and could lead to some significant shortages of top-end hybrids this growing season.
With total sales of $9.22 billion, Bayer CropScience is one of the global leaders in agribusiness. Its seed treatment, herbicide, insecticide and fungicide business accounts for 80% of the company’s sales. Now the company is expanding its role in the biotech arena. In a recent announcement at its world headquarters in Monheim, Germany, Bayer CropScience unveiled plans to double its annual investment in research and development at its BioScience unit by 2015 and to increase overall research and development budgets at Bayer CropScience to more than $1.14 billion by 2015.
In 2012, growers will have new fungicide and seed treatment options, as well as an array of weed control products for preseason and in-season control of broadleaves and grasses. Several products are still awaiting EPA approval, but their registration is expected in time for the 2012 planting season.
Welcome to Basel, Switzerland, home to Syngenta. In this picturesque city located along the banks of the Rhine River, you’ll find the headquarters to a company that extends its reach to more than 90 countries around the world with its more than 26,000 employees.
Although the company in its present form was created in late 2000 when Novartis and AstraZeneca merged their agribusinesses, its parent company roots stretch back well over 200 years. In fact, the company can trace its roots to Geigy, which was formed in 1758.
It’s been a busy year for Syngenta. Healthy growth in the company’s crop protection and seeds businesses worldwide, new products, and a pipeline with products in their final stages of commercial introduction have put worldwide sales at approximately $10.4 billion in the first nine months of 2011.
The influence of sustainable agricultural systems is evident at Agritechnica 2011, with two buildings filled with companies devoted to alternative energy solutions for the farm — from biogas to solar to wind, and everything in between.