EPA Announces New Dicamba Rules

Cindy Zimmerman

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced new requirements for the use of dicamba formulations “over the top” to further minimize the potential for drift when applying to dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton. EPA worked worked with impacted states and land-grant universities, as well as Monsanto, BASF and DuPont on measures that will allow farmers to make informed choices for seed purchases …

AgWired Precision, ASA, BASF, Cotton, Monsanto, Soybean

Bayer’s Condon Answers Questions About Future Goals

Carrie Muehling

This week Chuck is traveling with Bayer for the 2017 Bayer Future of Farming Dialog taking place in Monheim, Germany. The U.S. delegation of journalists had the opportunity to visit further with Liam Condon, President, Crop Science, a division of Bayer, following his executive address. Condon talks about goals for the company moving forward. “The most important thing is what …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer, Monsanto

Executive Address From Liam Condon, Bayer

Chuck Zimmerman

During the 2017 Bayer Future Farming Dialog we heard an address from Liam Condon, President, Crop Science, a division of Bayer. Focusing in his speech on sustainable agriculture, Liam Condon also reaffirmed the commitment of the Crop Science Division to investing in innovation and developing customized agronomic solutions for farmers that address their individual needs and challenges. In this context, …

Agribusiness, AgWired Precision, Audio, Bayer, Monsanto

Arkansas Urged to Consider Impact of Dicamba Ban

Cindy Zimmerman

The Arkansas State Plant Board is considering recommendations for dicamba use in the 2018 growing season that Monsanto calls “unwarranted” and BASF considers to be a “rush to judgement.” On August 24, the state’s Dicamba Task Force voted to recommend a cutoff date of April 15 next year for the use of all dicamba products, including Monsanto’s XtendiMax and BASF’s …

AgWired Precision, Audio, BASF, Monsanto, Soybean, weeds

SMART Farmer Robb Fraley

Cindy Zimmerman

Robb Fraley isn’t our typical SMART Farmer, but after growing up on a small Illinois farm, his work has helped farmers around the world produce food more sustainably with science and technology that has helped increase yields by decreasing threats to crops. That technology is genetic modification of plants, creating GMO crops that are resistance to insects and disease, able …

AgWired Precision, Audio, GMO, Monsanto, SMART Farmer, USFRA

Monsanto Call Provides Perspective on Dicamba Developments

Cindy Zimmerman

Monsanto held a media briefing Thursday to provide perspective on recent developments with dicamba herbicides. Monsanto chief technology officer Dr. Robb Fraley and Lisa Safarian, vice president of Monsanto North America, both participated in the call and answered questions from reporters. “Monsanto spent years developing XtendiMax® with VaporGrip® Technology to minimize the potential for off-site movement,” said Safarian. “Like many …

AgWired Precision, Audio, Herbicide, Monsanto

4-H Challenges Students to Tackle Soil Health

Kelly Marshall

Students in the midwest are tackling the challenges of healthy soils as part of the 2017 4-H Ag Innovators Experience (4-H AIE) activity. Sponsored by Monsanto, the two-part challenge was developed by The Ohio State University and focuses on soil composition, impacts of tillage, and new ways to farm. Teams of students in 4-H clubs, camps, after school programs, and enrichment …

4-H, AgWired Precision, Education, Monsanto, Soil

America’s Farm Mom of 2017

Cindy Zimmerman

Mother’s Day was extra special this year for Susan Brocksmith of Vincennes, Indiana who was named the 2017 America’s Farmers Mom of the Year. The program, sponsored by Monsanto, honors the significant contributions farm moms make in their communities and beyond. Susan, a farmer, agribusiness professor, mother and active agriculture advocate, received the most online votes to be awarded the …

Monsanto

Bayer Agrees to Give Up Liberty for Monsanto Deal

Cindy Zimmerman

Bayer announced this week that the company received conditional approval of its proposed acquisition of Monsanto in South Africa, conditions that include the “divestiture of Bayer’s global Liberty Link trait technology and the associated Liberty branded agro-chemicals business.” Bayer has agreed to these conditions and is evaluating how best to execute the imposed divestiture. As previously communicated, Bayer has been …

Agribusiness, Bayer, Monsanto

Deere and Monsanto End Precision Planting Deal

Cindy Zimmerman

Under pressure from the Department of Justice, an agreement between Deere & Company and Monsanto to purchase Precision Planting LLC was terminated Monday. The department filed suit on Aug. 31, 2016, to block the acquisition, alleging that the transaction was a merger-to-monopoly in high-speed precision planting systems, an innovative technology that enables farmers to accurately plant corn, soybeans and other …

Agribusiness, John Deere, Monsanto, Precision Agriculture