Syngenta Excited About EU Approval of Agrisure Duracade®

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At the end of July, Syngenta received highly-anticipated import approval for the Agrisure Duracade® trait (event 5307) from the European Commission. The approval covers corn grain and its derived products for food and feed use within the countries of the European Union (EU).

At the 2019 Farm Progress Show, Syngenta Seeds Head of Marketing Eric Boeck said farmers are excited because the Agrisure Duracade trait gives a new rotational option for CRW management for a healthier corn crop and higher yield potential.

Learn more in this interview:
Interview with Eric Boeck, Syngenta Seeds

Syngenta at the 2019 Farm Progress Show photo album

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GROWMARK FS Focused on Farmer Profitability

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While many Midwestern farmers are focused on getting the current crop to maturity, they are also planning for a late harvest and making decisions for next year’s growing season.

“Looking to the future, we’re trying to figure out different ways where we can help them be more efficient and more profitable,” said David Powell, Sr. Agronomy Services Manager with GROWMARK FS. “With commodity prices the way they are, profitability is key. So we’re looking at aerial imagery, things that allow them to spot issues in the field before maybe your naked eye can, so that we can go out there and focus our crop scouting and put the right input on the right acre.”

Powell said fungicides offered great benefit in some areas this year, especially when late rains came. He said a lesson for many farmers in 2019 was the importance of applying pre-emergence herbicides to ensure fields start clean and stay clean. Powell said the FS System is committed to training farmers and applicators when it comes to products like dicamba as it is vital to keep these types of technologies available.

Listen to Chuck’s interview with David here: Interview with David Powell, GROWMARK

GROWMARK FS at 2019 Farm Progress Show Photo Album

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FMC PrecisionPac Innovation Simplifies Custom Blends

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The right custom blend herbicide in just the right amount is what FMC’s PrecisionPac® application innovation offers for retail agronomists to create prescriptive blends specific to each grower, crop and field.

The revolutionary PrecisionPac® application innovation dispenses up to 50 custom blends of six granular herbicides to prescriptively target your fields’ weed challenges. The PrecisionPac machine premeasures and mixes your custom blends so you don’t have to, and it fits your field or sprayer-tank size. You buy only what you need in a convenient, disposable bag so there’s nothing left over when the job is done.

FMC PrecisionPac Product Manager Chris Barge talked about the development of the technology during an interview at the 2019 Farm Progress Show.
Interview with Chris Barge, FMC PrecisionPac

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Ethanol Report DC Update

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When will that “giant package” of help for corn farmers and biofuel producers impacted by small refinery exemptions be announced by President Trump?

The industry is still waiting on that word. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Geoff Cooper was in Washington DC last week and in this edition of The Ethanol Report he gives an update on what the industry wants from the administration, Brazil’s recent modest tariff rate quota increase, and educating Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) regulators.

Ethanol Report DC Update

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Fungicides Offer More Than Disease Protection

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Late planting across the Midwest in 2019 exposed farmers to a different set of problems than they might have faced otherwise, especially when it comes to disease pressure.

“Late planted corn responds more to a fungicide than early planted corn does,” said Randy Myers, Fungicide Product Development Manager with Bayer. “There are a whole bunch of reasons for that. The plant itself is more vulnerable and also, the soils are usually warmer with that later planting, so with the warmer soils the pathogens are also more active. So there’s more inoculum.”

But as farmers worked to control disease, they may have increased productivity in those fields.

“One of the neat things about fungicides is, if you’ve got the right chemistries, they also trigger physiological reactions in the plant to make them more reactive and less vulnerable to stress,” said Myers.

He said the Climate FieldView platform is helping farmers to pull together the needed information to improve decision making when it comes to using fungicides and other choices. Myers was at the 2019 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill.

Listen to Chuck’s interview with Randy here: Interview with Randy Myers, Bayer

Bayer at 2019 Farm Progress Show Photo Album

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Syngenta Introduces Saltro for SDS

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Syngenta has received EPA registration for its newest seed treatment, Saltro® fungicide.

Formulated to deliver superior protection against Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) and nematodes without causing plant stress, Saltro will be available for the 2020 growing season. Saltro contains Adepidyn® fungicide, an extremely powerful SDHI mode of action, which outperforms older chemistries and provides higher potential yield.

“For the first time ever, growers will have a seed treatment option for protecting their soybeans against SDS and nematodes that doesn’t cause additional stress on the plant and enables soybeans to reach their full genetic potential,” said Dale Ireland, Ph.D., technical product lead for Syngenta Seedcare. “With Saltro, we’ve seen a statistically significant yield increase of 3 bu/A over the current standard in heavy SDS environments1. It’s definitely an upgrade for SDS protection.”

Saltro also delivers robust activity across a broad spectrum of nematode species, including Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) – the No. 1 yield-robbing pest in soybeans and a major contributor to SDS infection.

“SDS and SCN are large concerns for soybean growers,” said Ireland. “Severe SDS infection can cause up to 50% yield loss2, and SCN has cost about $1.5 billion in U.S. yield loss3. Since Saltro provides protection against both, it will complement SDS- and SCN-resistant varieties to help soybeans maximize their yield potential.”

Beyond the SDS and nematode protection Saltro provides, growers can also look forward to their soybeans having better stands, healthier leaves and more robust early-season root mass development.

Learn more at

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Animal Ag Bites 9/9

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  • With the help of the egg industry, USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and Agricultural Marketing Service, and academia, USPOULTRY is introducing a new shell egg washing training module. The Egg Washing Principles module discusses why eggs are washed, what the operational requirements are for effective washing and pathogen control, and what the best practices are to monitor compliance of your food safety plan.
  • The International Production & Processing Expo is launching the eighth annual Young Leaders “30 under 30” program targeting young professionals who normally would not have the opportunity to attend IPPE. The goal of the program is to engage and invest in the next generation of young professionals, between the ages of 21 and 29, who work for companies directly involved in the production and processing of poultry and meat or in the production of animal food.
  • Arrowquip’s Research and Development Team has found the key to enhancing cattle flow within a working system – light. By incorporating the patented 3E: Easy Entry & Exit System into the BudFlow® Cattle Tubs and Easy Flow® Alleys, ranchers are equipped with features that allow them to use cattle behavior and light to their advantage. More importantly, with these new 3E features, the need for cattle hot-shot prods and paddles are reduced, keeping cattle stress levels and bruising to a minimum.
  • The poultry industry is pleased the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration has agreed to an alliance to share information, guidance and access to training resources that will help further improve the significant gains made in poultry worker safety over the past 25 years.
  • Vets Plus Inc. announces that Durvet, Inc. (Blue Springs, MO) will distribute its Merrick’s Blue Ribbon line of nutritional supplements and electrolytes.
  • Alltech and Archbold Biological Station’s Buck Island Ranch recently formed a strategic research alliance to jointly develop beef management approaches, specifically to increase the quality and quantity of beef produced in subtropical regions while maintaining and enhancing the environment. The Archbold–Alltech Alliance brings together scientists from two different disciplines — ecologists from Archbold and ruminant nutritionists from Alltech — to understand the impact that cattle production has on an ecosystem.
  • College students are gearing up for the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s annual College Aggies Online Scholarship Competition which kicks off September 16. This year’s students and collegiate clubs are competing for more than $21,000 in scholarships and a chance to win a trip to the Alliance’s 2020 Stakeholders Summit. For more information or to sign up, visit
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American Lamb Summit Recommendations

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American Lamb Board officials are pleased with the recommendations that came out of the first American Lamb Summit. Sponsored by the American Lamb Board (ALB) and Premier 1 Supplies, the summit brought together 200 sheep producers, feeders and packers from all over the country to Colorado State University (CSU) in Ft. Collins, CO, August 27-28.

The summit concluded that all segments of the industry need to further improve lamb quality to keep and attract new customers and become more efficient to recapture market share from imported lamb. At the same time, production technologies and product research put industry success within grasp.

“I have never been so enthusiastic about our industry’s opportunities, but we just can’t allow ourselves to be complacent or accept status quo,” said Dale Thorne, American Lamb Board chairman, a sheep producer and feeder from Michigan. Thorne stressed, “the end-game is profitability for all aspects of our industry.

The Summit was designed to instill relevant, meaningful knowledge that can be implemented immediately to address both current and future needs. It also sought to inspire collaboration, networking and information sharing across all segments and geographic regions of the American Lamb industry.

Read more here.

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Zimfo Bytes 9/6

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  • CNH Industrial N.V. announced its agreement to acquire AgDNA, a leader in Farm Management Information Systems.
  • Clariant announced that it has conducted tests on approximately 30 tons of miscanthus provided by INA, Croatia’s leading oil and gas company. INA is a consortium member of the publicly funded project “GRowing Advanced industrial Crops on marginal lands for biorEfineries” (GRACE).
  • OCP North America announced that it has joined Field to Market:The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, a multi-stakeholder initiative working to unite the agricultural supply chain in defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production.
  • Lely International and Lely North America are pleased to announce that Chad Huyser has been named Regional Director, Lely International and President, Lely North America. Huyser will lead all of Lely’s North American efforts and serve as one of five Lely Regional Directors worldwide.
  • After yet another year of depressed commodity prices, uncertainty in export and biofuels markets, rapid consolidation in the food and agriculture sectors, and extreme and unseasonal weather events, nearly 400 of National Farmers Union’s family farmer and rancher members will travel to Washington, D.C., next week to meet face-to-face with administration officials and members of Congress.
  • General Mills has released version 2.0 of its regenerative agriculture tool for farmers. The open source assessment is a user-friendly tool for farmers to understand alignment between their agricultural practices and the principle of regenerative agriculture, all while tracking progress and changes. Learn more here.
  • A new video explains that GMO Answers is a campaign that answers questions about how food is grown. The goal is to make information about GMOs and agriculture easier to access and understand.
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Bayer and Luke Bryan Team for 5th Farm Tour

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Luke Bryan is getting ready to play it again for Bayer and farmers.

On September 26, country music superstar Luke Bryan will once again bring his Farm Tour across America to recognize and give thanks to the American farmer with Bayer as title sponsor for the fifth year.

Bryan, the son of a peanut farmer from Georgia, launched his Farm Tour in 2009 as a way to highlight and celebrate the contributions of America’s farmers. In 2015, Bayer partnered with Luke Bryan and launched its campaign to thank farmers and help fight hunger throughout the country.

Bayer will be highlighting its annual campaign, #HerestotheFarmer, which shares in Luke’s commitment to give back to farmers and help feed our world’s growing population. Every time someone shares the hashtag #HeresToTheFarmer on social media, Bayer will donate a meal to a hungry family through Feeding America® with a goal of donating 1 million meals.

Participating in the call are Luke Bryan and Ray Kerins, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Bayer. The call is moderated by Carolyn Nagle, External Communications, Bayer. You can listen to and download here: Luke Bryan & Bayer Media Call

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