BASF Builds on Becker Underwood History

Cindy Zimmerman

In 1982, two friends named Roger Underwood and Jeff Becker started a little company that bore their names with a single product. Several acquisitions and 30 years later, Becker Underwood is a global leader in the development and commercialization of seed-applied biological products and is now part of the BASF Crop Protection family. “It’s been quite a ride particularly over …

ASTA, Audio, BASF, Crop Protection, Seed

BASF on Becker Underwood Acquisition

Cindy Zimmerman

The acquisition of Becker Underwood by BASF brings together two market leaders in the areas of innovation, crop protection, seed and biological technology, which means a broader range of products for growers to increase yields. BASF VP US Crop Protection Paul Rea says Becker Underwood technology is complementary to BASF’s existing product portfolio and raises the bar for plant health …

ASTA, Audio, BASF, Crop Protection, Seed

Pesticide Guy Resource

Chuck Zimmerman

I’ve been meaning to bring Leonard Gianessi, the Pesticide Guy, to your attention for a while now. Leonard is the Director of the Crop Protection Research Institute. Here’s what he’s doing with the Pesticide Guy blog. For the past thirty years, I have been collecting articles and reports on the benefits of using pesticides in crop production. I have integrated …

Ag Group, Crop Protection

CropLife Foundation Previews Study at ASTA Expo

Cindy Zimmerman

CropLife Foundation (CLF) is publishing a comprehensive report next year on “The Role of Precision Seed Protection in Modern Crop Production” and preliminary findings of the report were presented today at the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Corn & Sorghum Seed Research Conference 2012 & Seed Expo. CLF chairman of the board Jay Vroom says the report outlines the benefits …

ASTA, Audio, Biotech, Crop Protection, Seed

Ag Aviators Dealing with Duplicate Regulations

Chuck Zimmerman

Dealing with EPA’s NPDES and state pesticide general permits. Sounds daunting doesn’t it? Well it is for agricultural aviators. It is government regulation that duplicates already existing regulation and is something that the NAAA has been working on in Washington, DC all year and it looks like will have to continue to do so. To provide NAAA members with an …

Ag Group, Audio, Crop Protection, NAAA

Farm Credit – Working For Producers

Jamie Johansen

Whether it’s managing risk associated with high prices, a drought or the lack of a farm bill, Farm Credit Services of America shared with us at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s Trade Talk that producers are always #1 in their mind. Doug Stark, President and CEO of Farm Credit Services of America, spoke with me about how producers can …

Agribusiness, Audio, BASF, Crop Protection, Financial, Insurance, NAFB

BASF Closes Deal for Becker Underwood

Cindy Zimmerman

BASF has completed its acquisition of seed treatment company Becker Underwood. BASF purchased Becker Underwood from Norwest Equity Partners for $1.02 billion (€785 million). With the acquisition, BASF is now a leading global provider of technologies for biological seed treatment as well as seed treatment colorants and polymers. BASF has also expanded its product portfolio in the areas of biological …

BASF, Crop Protection, Seed

Plant Health Benefits of F500 Fungicides

Cindy Zimmerman

During the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Trade Talk, BASF was pleased to announce new research showcasing the Plant Health benefits of fungicides containing F500® fungicide, like Headline, and how they can help growers increase yield and profit potential. The research, which was conducted by BASF in the field and in greenhouse settings, shows that BASF fungicides increase net photosynthesis …

Audio, BASF, Crop Protection, NAFB

Know the Enemy – Palmer Pigweed

Cindy Zimmerman

It’s not just pigweed, it’s Palmer amaranth pigweed, and it was all over the Bayer CropScience Respect the Rotation plot tour in Collinsville, Illinois – towering over corn and soybeans and most other weeds. Waterhemp is also a member of the pigweed family that might be more familiar to growers in the Midwest and both are developing resistance to glyphosate. …

Audio, Bayer, Crop Protection, Video, weeds

Respecting the Rotation with Bayer CropScience

Cindy Zimmerman

At least 250 farmers, crop consultants, and retailers turned out Wednesday in Collinsville, Illinois for a plot tour of mostly lots of really tall and nasty weeds that don’t die easily. The Bayer CropScience “Respect the Rotation” field day offered a glimpse of what could happen in the Midwest if resistant weeds like pigweed palmer ameranth gain a foothold. District …

Audio, Bayer, Crop Protection, General