ASTA Announces New Leaders and Award Recipients

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) announced its newly-elected officer team and honored industry award winners during its 2021 Policy & Leadership Development Conference this week in Washington, D.C. Brad May of BASF will officially take office as ASTA Chair on July 1, taking over from outgoing chair John Latham, Latham Seeds. First Vice Chair for the coming year is …

ASTA, Audio, BASF, Seed

New BASF PR Manager

Chuck Zimmerman

Congratulations to Miracle King Wilson (pictured) who is the new PR Manager for BASF Agricultural Solutions. Congrats also go to Odessa P. Hines who has moved into the position of BASF Ag Solutions External Affairs Manager. In her role, Miracle will be responsible for “providing strategic PR direction and counsel for company product launches and key initiatives; managing media inquiries, …

Agribusiness, BASF, Marketing, Public Relations

BASF Presents Awards at Beltwide Cotton Conferences

Carrie Muehling

At last week’s virtual Beltwide Cotton Conferences, BASF sponsored two prestigious professional awards: Cotton Specialist of the Year and Cotton Marketer of the Year. The Joseph J. O’Neill Cotton Marketer of the Year award was presented to Barry Evans of Texas. The award is sponsored by BASF and ICE Futures (formerly the New York Cotton Exchange). BASF’s Kenny Melton presented …

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EPA Pesticide Program Update for Cotton

Cindy Zimmerman

The 2021 virtual Beltwide Cotton Consultants Conference Tuesday included an update from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs on crop protection products important to cotton growers. Michael Goodis, Acting Deputy Director, provided information on a number of pesticides, including dicamba. In this excerpt from his presentation, Goodis explains the process that went into determining the final registration …

AgWired Precision, Audio, BASF, Bayer, Beltwide Cotton, Cotton, EPA, Syngenta

Dicamba Decision Leaves Farmers in Limbo

Cindy Zimmerman

This week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling that vacates current U.S. registrations of certain low-volatility dicamba products, such as Bayer’s XtendiMax and BASF’s Engenia, halting sales immediately. The court ruled EPA violated federal regulations when it extended approval of registration for the herbicide for another two years in October 2018. Bayer and BASF …

AgWired Precision, ARA, BASF, Bayer, EPA, Herbicide, Precision Agriculture, Syngenta

BASF Welcomes 15th Class of Top Cotton Growers

Cindy Zimmerman

BASF recently celebrated 92 cotton growers who achieved four-bale or greater yields by welcoming them to the exclusive FiberMax®One Ton Club™ for their 2019 harvest results. There are 14 first-time members in the group of winners for 2019, bringing total membership to 1,206 cotton growers. Special awards were presented for: Most Varieties: Apple Creek Farms of Garden City, Texas, earned …

BASF, Cotton

Corn Yield Record Smasher

Cindy Zimmerman

David Hula of Charles City, Virginia broke his own record again last year in the National Corn Growers Association National Corn Yield Contest with 616.1953 bushels per acre, beating his previous record of 542-plus bushels in 2017, which broke his 2015 record of 532 bushels per acre. The 27 winners in 9 production categories had verified yields averaging more than …

Audio, BASF, Commodity Classic, Corn

BASF Hosts 14th Behind the Science Media Event

Cindy Zimmerman

For the 14th year, BASF held its Science Behind media event prior to the start of Commodity Classic. “It gives a chance for you to see not just what the product is, but also what are the details behind it – kind of a peek behind the curtain,” said Scott Kay, Vice President, U.S. Crop, BASF Agricultural Solutions. Much of …

AgWired Precision, Audio, BASF, Commodity Classic

Bayer and BASF Intend to Appeal Dicamba Decision

Cindy Zimmerman

Both Bayer and BASF intend to appeal a court decision in Missouri resulting in a total of $265 million in damages awarded to a Missouri peach farm over alleged dicamba drift. A federal jury in Cape Girardeau awarded plaintiff Bader Farms $15 in compensatory damages and $250 in punitive damages on its claims of design defect, failure to warn, negligent …

Agribusiness, BASF, Bayer

New BASF Insecticide Performs on Vegetables

Carrie Muehling

BASF offers a wide portfolio of fungicides for use in fruits and vegetables, but it was a new insecticide getting the attention of growers at the 2020 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, Ga. Sefina is the new product offering white fly and aphid control, according to Joe Mitchell, BASF technical service representative for Florida and South Texas. …

Audio, BASF, Insecticides, Produce, Vegetables