On Dec. 11, Dow and DuPont announced an all-stock merger that will create a new $130 billion company called DowDuPont.
The joining of two of the oldest and biggest U.S. chemical producers will draw regulatory scrutiny. But according to a Reuters report, the two companies have agreed to merge but also plan to divide assets soon after into three divisions: agriculture, materials and specialty products. This division could ease the regulatory challenges....More
Plant pathogens are similar to other living organisms since they contain a degree of genetic variability within their genes that govern physical structure and internal biochemical activities.
Any selection pressure imposed on a population of an organism can result in visible and invisible changes within the population.
Selective breeding is a tool used to express the genetic diversity within a population of an organism, as demonstrated by the proliferation of dog breeds or varieties of agricultural crops when compared to original ancestral forms....More
Arysta LifeScience North America recently announced a label addition for PH-D Fungicide – chemigation on carrots in California.
PH-D is a broad-spectrum fungicide that controls a wide range of fungi, including alternaria, early blight, botrytis, and powdery mildew.
The company says California growers will welcome the use of PH-D through chemigation for carrots....More
Ruthann Anderson will assume the helm as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the California Association of Pest Control Advisors (CAPCA) effective Jan. 1, 2016.
Anderson current serves as CAPCA’s director of development.
According to a statement, CAPCA’s Executive Committee believes Anderson is the right fit to move CAPCA forward based on her knowledge and experience....More
Agworld, a leading provider of mobile farm management software, announces a new partnership with CDMS to provide crop protection and other product compliance information within Agworld’s comprehensive platform.
This partnership allows Agworld to better serve their customers by providing the most accurate and current product information available for crop protection and crop nutrition....More
It is difficult to erase the image of a dehydrated man crumpled on the side of a dusty Arizona-Mexico border road near Nogales, Ariz. vomiting bile in the dirt. A compassionate Border Patrol agent stands over him, giving what aid he can and asks necessary questions of the physically distressed human being.
The illegal immigrant was crossing with a group of others trying to get to the U.S. to work. He fell ill and was left behind to be found by a good Samaritan or die.
An agent radios for an ambulance. It’s an hour away....More
It was made abundantly clear during my association’s recent annual meeting just how important science is to countering an alarming growth of anti-science sentiment engulfing the social fabric of our nation.
I would like to open with some prophetic words from one of my favorite scientists, the late Carl Sagan....More
Syngenta announces that Orondis fungicide is now approved for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the first fungicide in the Fungicide Resistance Action Committee ( FRAC) group U15.
Pending state registrations, Orondis could be available for the 2016 season.
Orondis contains the active ingredient oxathiapiprolin and offers a new mode of action for control of economically important soil and foliar diseases caused by Oomycete fungi in vegetables, potatoes, and tobacco....More
AGCO Corporation announces its new SOLO AGCO EDITION unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
Utilizing intuitive mission planning and cloud-based, high-resolution mapping software, the UAV is easy to use and can increase farmers' efficiency....More
Interis, Inc. has partnered with Conservis Corp. to integrate Iteris' ClearAg Visualization Components and Advisory Services into Conservis' next-generation farm management information system (FMIS) platform.
Conservis' FMIS platform manages more than $8 billion of farm assets at all stages of production, providing growers with real-time management including planning, purchasing, planting, harvesting, and marketing control....More
The Fresno County (Calif.) Board of Supervisors has appointed Christopher McGlothlin of the California Cotton & Ginners Associations to a three-year term on the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).
McGlothlin will serve as the industry alternate for Fresno County. The CAC consists of 24 primary and 24 alternate members....More
Today I wrote down on the white board I use for planning purposes what I think NASS will come out with tomorrow when the objective almond forecast is released.
No… I’m not going to publish it just yet. I will truthfully reveal my guess in a future blog. You’ll just have to trust me....More