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
FMC Agricultural Solutions has announced the release of Preemptor SC fungicide which provides corn, soybean and wheat growers with full-season fungicidal benefits in as little as just one early application.
“Applying a fungicide early gives corn and soybean growers more application options, providing greater flexibility with application timing and rates,” said Adam Prestegord, FMC Agricultural Solutions North America product manager....More
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 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 California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has wrapped up public workshops focused on obtaining input and feedback from the public about the use of pesticides near California schools.
The public sessions, which took place in May and June in Sacramento, Salinas, Ventura, Oxnard, Lamont and Coachella, were sparked by a media story written by the Center of Investigating Reporting concerning Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard....More