EPA Atrazine Assessment Criticized

Cindy Zimmerman

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a draft ecological risk assessment on the pesticide atrazine which is being criticized by the makers and users of the important crop protection chemical. In issuing the report, EPA opened the docket for a 60-day public comment period within one week and stated that a Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) on atrazine will be …

Corn, Crop Protection, Herbicide, NCGA, Syngenta

Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for US Farmers

Lizzy Schultz

The results of a new national poll released this week reveal that nearly 90 percent of Americans have a favorable view of farmers, and 92 percent feel it is important to provide them with federal funding. Positive marks from respondents also cut across party lines, showing that a strong farm policy is a bipartisan issue. The public opinion poll was …

Ag Group, Crop Protection, Financial, production poll

BASF Opens New R&D Center

Kelly Marshall

BASF has just opened a new Research and Development center at their Crop Protection headquarters in Limburgerhof, Germany.  The new center offers research areas for biological crop protection and seed solutions, making it a hub of expertise for researchers and farmers world wide. “Our investment in this expanded capacity is a step forward to unlocking the agricultural potential in seeds …

Agribusiness, BASF, Crop Protection, Research, Seed

BASF Launches #GrowSmart University

Cindy Zimmerman

BASF Crop Protection is all about helping farmers grow smarter and to that end has announced the launch of a new online educational resource – Grow Smart™ University. Grow Smart University is designed to connect growers and industry professionals with agronomic and agribusiness content and offers an extensive library of farm management information, according to Paul Leeland, Product Manager, BASF. …

BASF, Crop Protection, Education

New Insecticide Coming from @BASFAgProducts

Cindy Zimmerman

BASF Crop Protection is seeking regulatory approval for a brand new insecticide active ingredient called Inscalis™. Inscalis is the pioneer solution from a novel chemical class, the pyropenes, offering an alternative mode of action for the control of key insect pests and providing an essential tool to farmers for use in resistance and integrated pest management programs. Inscalis controls critical …

BASF, Crop Protection, Insecticides

EPA Proposes Dicamba Registration for GE Crops

Cindy Zimmerman

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has officially proposed the registration of dicamba to control weeds in cotton and soybean genetically engineered (GE) to tolerate the herbicide. The proposal outlines a Herbicide Resistance Management Plan which includes monitoring and reporting any suspected resistance, grower education and remediation. Additionally, EPA is proposing to limit the registration to 5 years, which would further …

Crop Protection, EPA, Monsanto

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

StollerUSA Asks Producers to Farm Different

Lizzy Schultz

One of the most popular learning sessions at the 2016 Commodity Classic was StollerUSA’s “Farm Different to Break Through Yield Barriers” roundtable discussion, where a panel of growers who have seen continually increasing yields discussed specific cultural and management practices they use to increase yields. “The session is set up to have some of our growers themselves speak, instead of …

Ag Group, Audio, Commodity Classic, Crop Protection, StollerUSA

New Fungicide Portfolio from FMC

Lizzy Schultz

FMC has recently added several exceptional fungicides to their portfolio of crop protection products, and Don Johnson, Technical Support Representative for the company, was on hand during the 2016 Mid South Farm & Gin Show to discuss these new innovations with growers. “Disease isn’t always a problem, certain weather conditions definitely can make your field more susceptible to them, and …

Ag Group, Audio, Crop Protection, FMC, Fungicide

BASF Kicks Off #Classic16 with #LivingAcres

Cindy Zimmerman

Agricultural media heard from BASF Crop Protection executives Wednesday at the 10th annual Science Behind event, held prior to the start of the 2016 Commodity Classic in New Orleans. The event was held appropriately for the topic at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insecterium which helped showcase findings from a BASF biodiversity research initiative called Living Acres. “Living Acres is …

Audio, BASF, Commodity Classic, Crop Protection, pollinators, Research