Mark Moore

Tight seed corn supply has industry nervous

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.

Feeding the world's growing population

Conferences around the world consider how farmers will be able to feed the world’s growing population, which is expected to increase from 7 billion to 9 billion people by 2050.

Agricultural research and development will be very important, just as when it helped farmers keep up when the world’s population doubled over the last 50 years.

Q&A with the leaders of Bayer CropScience

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.

Crop protection product overview for 2012

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.

A profile of Syngenta: Expansion of its core business and more

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.

A look inside Syngenta: Q & A with COO Davor Pisk

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.

Alternative energy is a major topic at Agritechnica 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.
Tackling weed resistance
Farmers should have a playbook for fighting resistance as the list of herbicide-resistant weeds continues to grow.
Corn seed production may drop 20% in 2012
Seed companies may see up to a 20% drop in U.S. seed yields
Court denies Syngenta request against Bunge
Syngenta's complaint against Bunge has been denied by a U.S. federal district court.
Agritechnica preview: Fendt unveils three new 700 Vario tractors
Get a sneak preview of the three new models in AGCO's Fendt 700 Vario series, which the company will introduce at Agritechnica 2011.
Bayer CropScience to focus heavily on soybeans, wheat
Bayer CropScience is taking a strong position in building its soybean and wheat portfolio, which the company says will mean a broad array of products available to U.S. producers.
How seed companies analyze vast amounts of data
Plant breeders must analyze vast amounts of data to bring new hybrids and varieties to the market. In 2001, Pioneer generated about one million data points for the year. In 2010, the company collected one million data points a day.
Refuge-in-a-bag seed products ready for 2012 corn crop
Seed companies expect refuge-in-a-bag (RIB) products to be the hottest seed items to be sold in the next few years. Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences and Pioneer Hi-Bred have RIB products approved for 2012 and Syngenta is awaiting approval.
Monsanto responds to Bt resistance study
Monsanto responds to the recent study conducted y Aaron Gassmann, Iowa State University, documenting the first case of corn rootworm resistance to Bt hybrids expressing the Cry3Bb1 toxin.

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