The Annual Desert Ag Conference is a homecoming of sorts for Arizona pest control advisors, crop consultants, growers, and many others involved in desert agriculture in the Grand Canyon State.
About 230 folks gathered for this year's event which covered a wide array of topics, including the slow and expensive route to bring a pesticide to market, discussed by research scientist Jesse Richardson of Dow AgroSciences.
Farmers often wonder why pesticides are expensive and why it takes so long to bring crop protection products to market.
The answer largely lies in the high costs associated with the discovery of a new pesticide active ingredient and the lengthy process to bring it to market. Also, chemical companies spend huge amounts of time and money to produce mountains of data to meet federal and state government requirements to achieve pesticide registration....More
The Environmental Protection Agency has registered BASF’s Varisto herbicide for use in clover grown for seed, dry beans, dry peas, English peas, lima beans (succulent), snap beans, and soybeans.
BASF says this new herbicide helps maximize yield potential by delivering a wide spectrum of broadleaf and grass weed control....More
Thanks to precision agriculture and advancements in equipment and computing technology, America’s farmers are building a treasure trove of production information that will help fuel future innovation.
A new organization, the Agricultural Data Coalition (ADC), plans to help farmers better control, manage, and maximize the value of their data....More
Gowan Company, LLC announces the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s registration of Magister SC miticide for mite control in almonds; cherries, non-bearing tree fruits, and nuts; and powdery mildew in cherries.
Magister was approved in California for almonds and cherries in January 2016.
Gowan calls Magister SC a powerful and effective miticide to provide a solid solution to mite control problems.
Fenazaquin, the active ingredient in Magister SC, is a new foliar miticide belonging to the chemical class quinazoline....More
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a notice of intent to cancel all Bayer CropScience, LP and Nichino America, Inc. flubendiamide products that pose a risk to aquatic invertebrates important to the health of aquatic environments.
Flubendiamide is registered for use on more than 200 crops, including soybeans, almonds, tobacco, peanuts, cotton, lettuce, alfalfa, tomatoes, watermelon, and bell peppers, with some crops having as many as six applications per year....More
DuPont and Dow Chemical released a “first look” at the potential structure for the future independent agriculture company that will be the result of the merger of the two chemical and seed entities.
Earlier, the two concerns said they would create three divisions – agriculture, specialty chemicals and materials science – following the merger. Today, they announced what will happen with the agiculture side of the new company:...More
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced $3 million in grants to three universities to advance the use of co-robots in production agriculture....More