Valent and Monsanto are expanding their collaboration in Roundup Ready Plus Weed Management Solutions with new cash-back incentives to help growers protect their herbicide investment in the 2013 season for soybeans....More
Bayer CropScience announced today the completion of its purchase of Prophyta GmbH, a leading supplier of microbial crop protection products headquartered in Malchow on the island of Poel in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. The acquisition includes Prophyta´s product portfolio, R&D laboratories, production and formulation facilities....More
Mid America Distributing recently announced it has received U.S. registration and label for a new ammonium salt of glyphosate sold as an 88.8% WDG dry prill product called Clean Field 88.8 WDG. According to Jim Satter, Mid America, the product features a true solution technology so that when it is added to water, it cannot separate out of solution, eliminating concerns about clogging of screens or nozzles. Sold in 40-lb. easy-to-dispose plastic bags, the labeled rate is 1 lb. per acre, which is equivalent to a quart of 4-lb. liquid glyphosate....More
XS, Inc., announced recently that it has completed the sale of its XSAg.com chemical exchange business to Farmtrader, LLC, an entity comprised of former XSAg.com employees who have been associated with the business for the last 12 years.
The transaction closed on Jan. 4, 2013, for an undisclosed sum. Neither XS, Inc., employees nor shareholders retain any ownership or connection with the business unit with the closing of the sale....More
The owner of a horticultural company was fined recently for using a restricted use pesticide (RUP) in ways that were inconsistent with the product label. The product’s use was restricted due to human health concerns, but workers had applied the product without proper training or the required personal protective equipment (PPE). In another recent case, a company was fined because it failed to keep the records required for RUPs....More
Loveland Products recently announced a new active ingredient registration, resulting in the release of a new seed treatment named Consensus.
“The EPA registration of salicylic acid for seed treatment use was our goal for a number of years,” stated Marty Robinson, seed treatment market manager at Loveland Products. “The registration was recently approved, allowing us to move forward with this innovative product.”...More
Every year farmers spend a lot of money trying to control corn rootworm larvae, which are a significant threat to maize production in the U.S. and, more recently, in Europe. University of Illinois researchers have been working on validating a model for estimating damage functions.
Biochar is a new-old substance that is coming under increased scrutiny at places like Iowa State University. ISU’s David Laird says biochar, which is basically charcoal, improves the water-holding and nutrient-holding capacity of the soil and could be effective in mitigating problem soils. Biochar currently is used only in horticulture, but an increase in manufacturing facilities and economies of scale could make it more practical for row crops....More
Crop protection costs (not bundled with seed) for the 2013 corn and soybean planting seasons will be slightly higher than they were in 2012, agricultural economists predict.
“Herbicide prices in the aggregate peaked in 2009, then fell somewhat in 2010 and 2011 before starting to edge upward again in 2012,” says Alan Miller, farm business management specialist, Purdue University. “For 2013, I expect herbicide prices to move slightly higher, perhaps by 1% to 4%.”...More
BASF has completed the acquisition of Becker Underwood from Norwest Equity Partners, a U.S.-based private equity investment company, for a purchase price of $1.02 billion. With the acquisition, BASF is now a leading global provider of technologies for biological seed treatment as well as seed treatment colorants and polymers....More
In December, Farm Industry News will publish its 2013 Buyers’ Forecast issue, chockfull of predictions about pricing and supply of farm inputs for the upcoming year. In my tangential approach to researching this story, I stumbled across the term “neuromarketing,” described as a new field of marketing research that studies buyers’ brains and measures their body’s response to marketing stimuli....More
A shopper in a farm supply store recently purchased a pesticide that he was not authorized to buy. In addition, he was purchasing the product for a use not allowed on the label.
“Whether you are buying a pesticide for commercial use on crops, for personal use on your lawn or garden, or for any other purpose, the purchase must be carefully considered,” says Andrew Thostenson, president of the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators and pesticide program specialist, North Dakota State University Extension Service....More
Move over “The Voice.” FMC has found its own crop of young singers by hosting the “Anthem Singing Contest” to promote its new Anthem herbicide, EPA registration pending. FMC says it is investing in farming’s future by hosting the contest, open to active members of a nationally recognized agricultural-related club.
Four finalists remain, and FMC needs you to determine which one you think should win the $25,000 college scholarships....More
Press conferences are a staple to the life of an agricultural journalist. They are a necessary function that allows us to gather news and information of critical importance to our readers.
But they are also critical to companies as well. These meetings allow the company to disseminate relevant information to its audience. And depending on the company, the media attending a press conference can be from the surrounding states, or worldwide. The news generated from these events can help tell a story of a new product, provide updated market information to shareholders, and even provide a glimpse of the company’s overall marketing strategy. It’s truly a goldmine of information for journalists.
Often, however, we only report what goes on behind the microphone. To be fair, it’s often what is said at these events that is the news story. But these events also sometimes give us a glimpse of the company that goes beyond the media packet or press release. And through these photos, we’d like to share a glimpse of a media event.
I had the opportunity to attend the worldwide annual press conference for Bayer CropScience in Monheim, Germany. Journalists from around the world assembled in Monheim to listen to company updates from top management, and to ask questions.
Dow AgroSciences and the Save Our Crops Coalition (SOCC) have been engaged in discussions to resolve SOCC concerns regarding the potential for herbicide injury to non-target plants after the introduction of Dow AgroSciences’ new 2,4-D tolerant crops. Dow AgroSciences and SOCC are very pleased to announce the successful conclusion of those discussions....More