Social Media Award for @Bayer

Chuck Zimmerman

One company that really “gets” social media in my opinion is Bayer. I’m not alone. The evidence comes in the form of some great recognition for their efforts. In this week’s program I talk with Bayer’s Jeff Donald about their use of social media on the ag side and how they measure success. The “Bayer gets scientifically social” campaign has …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer, Social Media, Social Networking, ZimmCast

Bayer and Planetary Resources Intend to Collaborate

Kelly Marshall

Bayer has signed memorandum of understanding with aerospace technology company Planetary Resources.  The document says Bayer intends to purchase data from Planetary Resources for the purpose of creating new agricultural products and improving existing ones. Using the combined technologies from the two companies, farmers can time their irrigation systems much better to save water, receive planting date recommendations and re-planting advice, …

Agribusiness, Bayer, data, Research, Water

Monsanto Rejects Bayer AG Bid

Cindy Zimmerman

Responding to a $62 billion acquisition offer from Bayer AG, Monsanto Company has announced that its Board of Directors views the proposal as “incomplete and financially inadequate, but is open to continued and constructive conversations.” In a company release, Monsanto chairman and CEO Hugh Grant gave a short statement. “We believe in the substantial benefits an integrated strategy could provide …

Agribusiness, Bayer, Monsanto

Bayer Discusses Bid to Acquire Monsanto

Cindy Zimmerman

Top Bayer company representatives held an international press conference this morning to discuss the contents of its private proposal to acquire Monsanto. In a May 10 proposal, Bayer made an all-cash offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Monsanto Company for $122 US per share or an aggregate value of $62 billion. “We …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer, Monsanto

Simple Solutions from LibertyLink

Kelly Marshall

Soybeans are no longer a simple crop to grow and market.  With new traits still pending approval for export to other countries, and some elevators announcing they won’t accept specific traits, choosing the right soybean for your operation may be down right complicated. LibertyLink soybeans, however, offer a simple solution.  These soybean traits have all been approved for domestic and …

Agribusiness, Bayer, Soybean

Bayer Awards $150,000 Grant To National Ag Center

Jamie Johansen

Bayer CropScience has announced increased support of the National Agricultural Center & Hall of Fame, through a $150,000 Bayer USA Foundation grant. This three-year grant will help create a new children’s exhibit within the Ag Center’s Children’s Agriculture Science Center. The new exhibit is set to open in 2018. Located in Bonner Springs, Kansas, the mission of the Ag Center …

Agribusiness, Bayer, Crop Science, Education

Bayer Requests EPA Hearing on Pesticide

Cindy Zimmerman

Bayer is taking its disagreement with the Environmental Protection Agency over registrations for the pesticide flubendiamide, marketed as Belt® in the United States, to the administrative level. This week, the company formally requested a hearing before EPA’s Administrative Law Judge to argue their case. Bayer has already rejected a request by EPA to voluntarily withdraw registration for flubendiamide-containing products, which …

Bayer, Crop Protection, EPA, pesticides

#LibertyLink Seed Still Available

Cindy Zimmerman

Spring has sprung and planting has already begun in some areas, but there’s still time to include Bayer Liberty® and LibertyLink® soybeans this crop year. At the recent Bayer AgVocacy Forum, we talked with Al Luke, Bayer U.S. strategic business lead for row crops, about the LibertyLink system. “We’ve had great uptake this year, we think our sales will be …

Audio, Bayer, Soybean, weeds

Research Confirms Yield Advantage for LibertyLink

Kelly Marshall

For the second year in a row, field tests show LibertyLink soybeans yield better than Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans. A collaboration between multiple university researchers and cooperators planted side-by-side field trials across various soil types.  The trials were designed to measure a yield comparison of both herbicide systems. “We wanted growers to be able to look at the two …

Agribusiness, Bayer, Soybean