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

Chicago Sets Stage for BASF Ag Media Summit

Cindy Zimmerman

The city of Chicago is the stage for the 2012 BASF Agricultural Solutions Media Summit again. The summit was held here in 2010 at the amazing Trump Towers. The theme of the event is the concept that innovation and sustainability are very closely linked, according to Paul Rea, BASF Vice President, U.S. Crop Protection. “You’ll hear from a range speakers …

Audio, BASF, Crop Protection

Alltech Launches Crop Science Business

Chuck Zimmerman

Alltech launched their Crop Science business during the 2012 International Symposium. During a lunch time press conference we heard from (r-l) Geoff Frank, CEO of Alltech Crop Science; Robbie Walker, Regional Director of Europe and the Middle East for Alltech Crop Science and Jon Carloftis, award-winning garden designer, garden writer, television guest, author, and lecturer. Alltech has actually been in …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Crop Protection

Mixed Results on Controlling Resistant Weeds

Chuck Zimmerman

With all the talk about herbicide-resistant weeds this year, some farmers are still not concerned about the issue, according to our most recent BASF Production Poll. 37.5% of respondents said they don’t have resistant weeds (at least not yet!). However, the same number said they would be using a mix of methods to control or prevent resistance – pre-emergence herbicide, …

BASF, Crop Protection, production poll, Soybean

BASF Survey Confirms Glyphosate Resistance

Cindy Zimmerman

Farmers are responding to the threat of glyphosate resistance, according to results from a recent national BASF survey. The survey found that about four out of five farmers plan to alter their weed control programs in 2012 due to resistance issues. More than 50 percent of farmers surveyed acknowledged the existence of glyphosate-resistant weeds in their fields, and many of …

BASF, Crop Protection, weeds