Crop Protection Canada – News

* As Yemen Food Crisis Deteriorates, UN Agencies Appeal for Urgent Assistance to Avert a Catastrophe | FAO

10 February 2017, Sana’a – The number of food insecure people in Yemen has risen by 3 million in seven months, with an estimated 17.1 million people now struggling to feed themselves, according to a joint assessment by three UN agencies.

Of the 17.1 million food insecure people, about 7.3 million are considered to be in need of emergency food assistance.

* Canada’s Competition Watchdog Clears Syngenta Takeover | AGCanada

Canada’s farmers aren’t likely to see less competition for their crop chemical dollars if the owner of Adama Canada buys Syngenta, the Canadian antitrust watchdog has ruled.

The Competition Bureau on Tuesday issued a “no action” letter for the takeover of Syngenta by China National Chemical Corp. (ChemChina), saying the deal is “unlikely to result in a substantial lessening or prevention of competition for the supply of pesticides in Canada.”

Even in cases where Syngenta and ChemChina’s Adama arm have competing products on the Canadian market, the bureau said its investigation shows there would still be “sufficient competition from existing or new products to constrain prices.”

* China Bird Flu Deaths Surge in What Could Be Worst Season Ever | AGCanadaa

Beijing | Reuters — As many as 79 people died from H7N9 bird flu in China last month, the government said, stoking worries that the spread of the virus this season could be the worst on record.

January’s fatalities were up to four times higher than the same month in past years, and brought the total H7N9 death toll to 100 people since October, data from the National Health and Family Planning Commission showed late on Tuesday.

Authorities have repeatedly warned the public to stay alert for the virus, and cautioned against panic in the world’s second-largest economy.

* Crop destroying Caterpillar Rapidly Spreading Across Africa; Maize Production Endangered | AgroNews

New research announced by scientists at CABI (Center for Agriculture and Bioscience Information) confirms that a recently introduced crop-destroying armyworm caterpillar is now spreading rapidly across Mainland Africa and could spread to tropical Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years, becoming a major threat to agricultural trade worldwide.

Fall armyworm is native to North and South America and can devastate maize production, the staple food crop that is essential for food security in large areas of Africa. It destroys young plants, attacking their growing points and burrowing into the cobs.

An indigenous pest in the Americas, it has not previously been established outside the region. In the past year, it was found in parts of West Africa for the first time and now a UK based CABI-led investigation has confirmed it to be present in Ghana. It can be expected to spread to the limits of suitable African habitat within a few years.

* Despite Few Taste Genes, Honey Bees Seek Out Essential Nutrients Based on Floral Resources | ScienceDaily

Despite having few taste genes, honey bees are fine-tuned to know what minerals the colony may lack and proactively seek out nutrients in conjunction with the season when their floral diet varies.

This key finding from a new study led by Tufts University scientists sheds light on limited research on the micronutrient requirements of honey bees, and provides potentially useful insight in support of increased health of the bee population, which has declined rapidly in recent years for a variety of complex reasons.

* How to be a successful pest: Lessons from the green peach aphid – ScienceDaily

UK Scientists, in collaboration with groups in Europe and the US, have discovered why the green peach aphid (Myzus persicae) is one of the most destructive pests to many of our most important crops. Their research will inform industry and research programmes to support pest control and aid global food security.

Unlike most plant-colonising insects, which have adapted to live on a small range of closely related plants, green peach aphids can colonise over four hundred plant species. Developing resistance to over 70 different pesticides, coupled with the ever changing climate affecting crop losses in the EU and UK, the pest wreaks havoc on crop yields.

The green peach aphid transmits over a hundred different plant viruses and this notorious insect feeds on essential crops such as oilseed rape, sugar beet, tomato and potato, as well as wild plant species, which may serve as sources of the plant viruses. An example being the Turnip yellows virus (TuYV) and related viruses, which if left uncontrolled can reduce yields of multiple crops, such as oilseed rape and sugar beet, by up to 30%, rendering some crops unprofitable in the UK.

* International Year of Pulses Closes With Call to Build Upon Strong Momentum

10 February 2017, Rome/Ouagadougou – The International Year of Pulses (IYP) has helped raise awareness globally of the many benefits of pulses, and boosted knowledge sharing and partnerships, but gains must be further strengthened to achieve the international community’s Sustainable Development Goals. That was the message from the Year’s official closing ceremony, hosted by Burkina Faso with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

“It is essential to maintain the momentum,” said FAO’s Deputy Director-General Maria-Helena Semedo at today’s ceremony. “Training programmes on the value of pulses should be supported, particularly for schoolchildren, farmers and extension workers. Policies and programmes should focus more on pulse producers, particularly small-holder farmers and young people,” she said.

Burkina Faso’s President, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, said: “To better cope with the triple problem of soil fertility management, reducing the adverse effects of climate change and the issue of food security, producing and consuming pulses is a great opportunity, especially for the most vulnerable people.”

* Mitsui Chemicals Agro acquires 10% stake in Belchim Crop Protection-Agricultural

Japanese company Mitsui Chemicals Agro, Inc. (MCAG) has acquired a 10% stake in the Belgian company Belchim Crop Protection (Londerzeel). Until now the two firms have been collaborating on the registration and commercialisation of certain MCAG products in a gradually increasing number of countries in Europe. Belchim Crop Protection has been successfully contributing resources, regulatory know-how and sales expertise.

Lengthy development cycles, increased regulatory demands and costs and market changes are difficulties that agrochemical companies encounter. That is why both parties have intensified their mutually-beneficial cooperation in development, registration, commercialisation and sales of agrochemicals.

* Nissan Chemical Agrochem Sales Up 8% in the Nine Months | AgroNews

Nissan Chemical Reported Consolidated Financial Results of Its Agrochemical Business Increased by 8.1% to 28,240 Million Yen for the Nine Months Ended December 31, 2016. Operating income fell by 1.4% to 4,850 million yen. But, the sales and the operating income were above the company’s third quarter outlook (undisclosed).

The company said their products had weak sales as a whole, but “ROUNDUP MAXLOAD AL”, herbicide for general household, expanded in Japan and its veterinary pharmaceutical Fluralaner had healthy sales.

The company forecast the sales of pesticide for domestic market, main products of its Agricultural Chemicals segment, tend to be concentrated on the fourth quarter due to seasonality.

* Researchers Discover a New Link to Fight Billion-Dollar Threat to Soybean Production: Scientists Show That Parasitic Nematodes Hijack Vascular Stem Cell Pathways to Attack Their Hosts | ScienceDaily

Invisible to the naked eye, cyst nematodes are a major threat to agriculture, causing billions of dollars in global crop losses every year. A group of plant scientists, led by University of Missouri researchers, recently found one of the mechanisms cyst nematodes use to invade and drain life-sustaining nutrients from soybean plants. Understanding the molecular basis of interactions between plants and nematodes could lead to the development of new strategies to control these major agricultural pests and help feed a growing global population.

Soybeans are a major component for two-thirds of the world’s animal feed and more than half the edible oil consumed in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Cyst nematodes jeopardize the healthy production of this critical global food source by “hijacking” the soybean plants’ biology.

“Cyst nematodes are one of the most economically devastating groups of plant-parasitic nematodes worldwide,” said Melissa Goellner Mitchum, a researcher in the Bond Life Sciences Center and an associate professor in the Division of Plant Sciences at MU. “These parasites damage root systems by creating a unique feeding cell within the roots of their hosts and leeching nutrients out of the soybean plant. This can lead to stunting, wilting and yield loss for the plant. We wanted to explore the pathways and mechanisms cyst nematodes use to commandeer soybean plants.”

* Why plant tissues have a sense of direction – ScienceDaily

Scientists at the John Innes Centre, Norwich have published new evidence that plant tissues can have a preferred direction of growth and that this characteristic is essential for producing complex plant shapes.

The work, carried out by Dr Alexandra Rebocho and colleagues in Professor Enrico Coen’s laboratory, contributes a new piece to the puzzle of how plant shapes are formed, and could have wide implications on our understanding of shape formation, or ‘morphogenesis’, in nature. Improved understanding of how genes influence plant shape formation could inform research into crop performance and lead to better-adapted, higher yield crop varieties.

The pioneering research, published in eLife, required an integrative approach, using diverse techniques including computer modelling, 3D-imaging, fluorescence imaging and a range of genetic techniques.

Crop Protection Canada – Crops

* ‘Mini-Harvest’ Likely to Weigh on Feed Grains | AGCanada

CNS Canada –– Seasonal lows in the Western Canadian feed grain market may stick around longer than normal this year, as the industry awaits the abnormal spring harvest of those fields left to overwinter this year.

“The seasonals are fairly consistent,” said Jim Beusekom of Market Place Commodities in Lethbridge, adding “we usually see the lows of the market from the middle of January through early March.”

* Bunge Sees Bumper South American Crop Lifting Profits | Agrimoney

Agribusiness giant Bunge expects a bumper South American crop to boost its processing business this year.

Squeezed processing margins in its core South American segment were the fly in the ointment, in the latest set of company results.

But surging sugar prices, and better earnings from the group’s food business, helped Bunge top analyst expectations, sending shares soaring.

* Canadian Wheat Farmers Concerned About Pasta Labelling in Italy |

Canada has raised concerns with Rome about Italy’s plan to require country of origin labels on pasta sold there, Canada’s agriculture minister said on Wednesday about a move that is alarming Canadian wheat exporters just as a free trade deal gained European approval.

Rome sent a draft decree to the European Commission in December, seeking approval for labels on pasta sold in Italy that would identify where the durum wheat was grown and milled into semolina for pasta-making.

* Considering Non-Bt Traited Corn in 2017? Plan for More Scouting | Corn & Soybean Digest

We have heard comments from several people this winter who are considering planting non-Bt traited corn hybrids in 2017, primarily to reduce seed costs due to the lower market value of corn. Additionally, some people may be planting types of corn that do not offer Bt traits, such as popcorn or white corn.

This may be an appropriate strategy for some people, but our main concern as entomologists is that you plan for the additional pest management practices (and associated costs) you may need to adopt, given this decision.

* Growers Planning to Invest in Structures in 2017 | Greenhouse Grower

If this year’s Greenhouse Grower State of the Industry survey is any indication, growers are planning to make major investments in structures and facility upgrades this year.

One of the questions related to new technology in this year’s survey was “Which of the following areas do you plan to invest in most in 2017?” Of the more than 200 growers who responded to the question, almost 50% ranked greenhouse structures and coverings as their most likely area to invest. This category was followed by irrigation equipment (30%) and computer services and technology (26%).

* New Greenhouse Cooling System in Development for Hot-Climate Regions | Greenhouse Grower

High greenhouse temperatures can be a problem in regions with hot climates. Recently, developments in protected agriculture practices for tropical and arid climates have allowed some nations to expand their food production. However, many existing greenhouse operations lack proper adaptation to their respective environments.

To address this issue, Lucas McCartney and Dr. Mark Lefsrud from McGill University’s Department of Bioresource Engineering in Quebec, Canada, have developed and patented a new greenhouse cooling system specifically designed for hot and/or humid climates.

“Our technology is an improved natural ventilation greenhouse based on structurally supported airflow and evaporative cooling-dependent temperature and humidity control,” McCartney says. “The NVAC greenhouse relies on an alternative roof and misting system design to provide cooling and air movement. The misting line functions at relatively low pressures and uses water sourced through rainwater harvesting.

* Prairie Farmers Calling for Return of the Canadian Wheat Board |

Some Prairie farmers are not giving up their fight for the Canadian Wheat Board. A group of producers from parts of Manitoba and Saskatchewan wants the federal government to bring back the board and its single desk for selling wheat and barley.

The Canadian Wheat Board Alliance says the former Conservative government made a mistake when it privatized the board and sold it to the G3 Global Grain Group.

Kyle Korneychuk, an alliance spokesman, says the privatization has cost farmers money and thousands of people their jobs.

* Using Remote Sensing to Optimize IPM in Greenhouses | Greenhouse Grower

While there has been widespread adoption of a range of preventive pest management actions, the adoption of IPM-based responsive actions (such as targeted releases of natural enemies) has been hampered by inadequate monitoring/scouting procedures to accurately detect early/emerging pest populations. Early detection of pests is key to minimizing their damage and therefore their economic importance.

Due to the size of most commercial greenhouse operations, the complexity of management operations, and constraints associated with time-consuming monitoring procedures, pest infestations are often detected too late, and fully established pest populations are difficult to suppress through the means of biological control or soft (slow-acting) insecticides. Development of practically feasible, cost-effective, reliable, and accurate technologies to detect emerging pest populations can be considered one of the most important challenges greenhouse operations are facing regarding IPM of insects and mites. If such technologies could be made readily available, then applications of softer insecticides and releases of natural enemies could provide much higher levels of crop protection, as they could be deployed more strategically (when and where needed).

Crop Protection Canada – Markets

* Argentina Eyes US Corn Market Share in Mexico | Agrimoney

Mexican politicians are sabre rattling against the US agriculture sector, and it looks like Argentina is ready to fill the gap.

But analysts are sceptical as to whether a proposed corn import ban, which is to be debated this week, is a serious threat.

On Sunday the Mexican senator Armando Rios Piter, who leads a congressional committee on foreign relations, says he would introduce a bill this week, to shift corn import demand to Brazil and Argentina instead of the United States.

* Funds Turn Bullish on Commodities, as Brokers Foresee Ag Price Gains | Agrimoney

Funds are bullish on commodities for only the second time since 2012, amid a “positive outlook” for prices this year – including in ags, in which cocoa is seen as being particularly undervalued.

The proportion of fund managers saying they are overweight in commodities in their portfolios this month exceeded those viewing their position as underweight, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said, after a survey of investors with $632bn under management.

While the gap was only small, at 3% of fund managers surveyed, it represented only the second time since December 2012 that more investors are betting on commodity price gains than positioned for price falls.

* Global Insecticides Market to Reach $ 20.82 Billion by 2022

The insecticides market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.27% from 2016, to reach USD 20.82 Billion by 2022. The increasing global exports and rise in instances of crop losses due to insect infestation are resulting in an increased market for insecticides, globally. Insecticides are formulated to kill, harm, repel, or mitigate one or more species of insects and offer several advantages to producers.

On the basis of type, the organophosphorus segment accounted for the largest market in the insecticides market in 2015. This type of insecticides is the most widely used as it is cheaper than other alternatives. The U.S. and U.K. contribute to a larger share for these insecticides, globally.

* Grain Prices Recover on Inflation Fears | Agrimoney

Grain futures rallied as the dollar eased from one-month highs, with inflation fears and ideas that non-US producers have little reason to sell adding up to a bullish picture.

Tregg Cronin, at Halo Commodities, noted that despite an easy global supply picture, seller reluctance was supporting markets higher.

“In the US, producers have seen current price levels and marketed grain if they wanted to, requiring higher prices for the next round of selling,” he said.

* Rouble Recovery Keeps Wheat Futures in the Fight | Agrimoney

The dollar is recovering against most currencies, care of comments by Janet Yellen, chairman of the Federal Reserve, hinting at the potential for US interest rate rises.

But if that is a negative for commodities priced in dollars, making them less affordable as exports, wheat had the consolation that the rouble is proving even stronger.

The Russian currency, which has been helped by the improved oil market, besides by hopes for improved Moscow-Washington relations, touched 56.45 to $1 in early deals, the strongest since July 2015, and taking gains so far this year to 6%.

Crop Protection Canada

* Biologicals Market Remains Hot | AgroNews

The list of biological products farmers will have available continues to grow. The idea of using bio tools is gaining value as more companies, including Monsanto, Bayer and FMC have launched a range of bio-based products. As researchers unlock ways natural products can interact in the environment, you’ll be seeing more. There’s one challenge, however, that all bio-based products face – working with conventional chemistries.

It’s not a new problem, and there are already some great success stories. For example, Poncho/Votivo is a combo of a bio product and a conventional chemistry. FMC has combined a bio soil insecticide with a conventional insecticide . In fact that’s where the future lies, bring effective bio products along with conventional chemistries for enhanced performance.

Stockton, an Israel-based firm, that creates biologicals is working on tools that essentially play well with others. It’s first major product – Timorex Gold – is a fungicide that is based on an essential oil. The tea-tree oil-based product has 17 different key components that make up the product. Sarah Reiter, is the U.S. market lead for Stockton, and she explains that in its manufacture those 17 items have to exist in the exact same ratios every time. Precision is key with a biological product.

“The industry is very good at finding solo molecules that offer plant defense,” Reiter says.—

* Canada’s NFU Urges Ban on Neonic Insecticide Imidacloprid-Agricultural

Canada’s National Farmers Union says imidacloprid should be banned. In a release, the NFU said it backs Health Canada’s proposed phase out of imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid insecticide used on many Canadian crops.

“We believe this proposed decision is a positive step and we fully support it,” the NFU said in a submission to Health Canada. “We urge (government departments) to promote alternative, less toxic insecticides and non-chemical agriculture techniques for the management of insect pests in general.”

In November, Health Canada surprised farmers and a few scientists when it proposed phasing out imidacloprid over three or five years

Scientists with Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency determined that levels of imidacloprid in water bodies near agricultural land are unacceptably high, which is putting aquatic insects at risk and a threat to animals that depend on those insects for food.

The Bayer insecticide is used on wheat and other crops, but it is applied primarily to greenhouse crops, fruit, vegetables and potatoes in Canada.

Imidacloprid, once the most popular insecticide in the world, is a neonicotinoid, a class of insecticides applied as a seed treatment to almost all corn and canola planted in North America and a portion of soybean acres.

I’m not sure the NFU is qualified to have an opinion on neonics. They certainly need to do some homework. The pipeline of insecticides is finite.

* Challenges of Herbicide Development |

s weed resistance spreads across more species, herbicide groups and states, the industry demands new alternatives. The only problem is, creating a new herbicide group is harder than you might think, and some companies aren’t sure it’s worth the risk.

“We haven’t had a new herbicide class (group) since 1992, HPPD inhibitors (group 27),” says William Vencill, University of Georgia Extension weed scientist. “If we create another one, it needs to be able to control resistant weeds to be an actual game changer.”

Chemical companies face numerous challenges when creating new herbicide groups. First, it takes more than $250 million and 10 years to clear testing and regulatory hurdles. Then, once it’s exposed to weeds, it’s only a matter of time before resistance sets in and profit takes a hit. Plus, if a company finds a new herbicide group and it’s only effective on grasses, which don’t have the resistance problem broadleaf weeds do, it won’t solve the problems farmers currently face and likely won’t be a big seller.

This is a bit of a whine. To the victors the spoils.

* Consumer, Environmental Groups in US Call on DOJ to Block Ag Business Consolidations-Agricultural | AgroNews

A coalition of more than 300 farm, food, consumer and environmental groups is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to block proposed seed and chemical company mergers.

The groups made their request in a letter to newly-confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Mike Weaver, president of the Organization for Competitive Markets, tells Brownfield the mergers would hurt both farmers and consumers.

Pretty hard to imagine that shrinking the crop protection industry by half is not going to make some pretty big companies.

* Crop Destroying Caterpillar Rapidly Spreading Across Africa; Maize Production Endangered | AgroNews

New research announced by scientists at CABI (Center for Agriculture and Bioscience Information) confirms that a recently introduced crop-destroying armyworm caterpillar is now spreading rapidly across Mainland Africa and could spread to tropical Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years, becoming a major threat to agricultural trade worldwide.

Fall armyworm is native to North and South America and can devastate maize production, the staple food crop that is essential for food security in large areas of Africa. It destroys young plants, attacking their growing points and burrowing into the cobs.

* Dow, DuPont Try More Divestments in Seeking Merger Approval | AgroNews

Dow Chemical and DuPont say they’re willing to make more business divestments as a way to nudge European regulators who remain wary of their proposed merger.

The companies plan to join in a $62 billion deal and then break apart into three separate, publicly traded companies. The companies would focus on agriculture, material science, and the production and sale of specialty products, respectively. Antitrust regulators remain hesitant, however.

Dow spokeswoman Rachelle Schikorra said Wednesday that among the concessions the companies are willing to make are the sale of part of DuPont’s crop protection business — along with its associated research and development — and the sale of Dow Chemical’s acid copolymers and ionomers business.

* EU Approves DuPont’s Oxathiapiprolin Fungicide | AgroNews

he European Commission has proposed to approve the active substance oxathiapiprolin from DuPont under the EU plant protection regulation (1107/2009). It will be formally included in Annex I on Mar 3rd, 2017 and will expire on Mar 3rd, 2027.

* EU Decides to Phase Out Herbicide Linuron by June | AgroNews

The European Commission has decided to withdraw authorisations for all products containing herbicide , linuron, by 3 June 2017 at the latest. Any grace period granted by Member States shall be as short as possible and shall expire by 3 June 2018 at the latest.

Approval for linuron was not renewed because it is classified as toxic for reproduction category 1B and negligible exposure could not be demonstrated. Furthermore, in addition to the classification of linuron as toxic for reproduction category 1B, linuron is also classified as carcinogenic category 2 and therefore shall be considered to have endocrine disrupting properties. In addition, the available evidence showed that linuron has endocrine disrupting properties that may cause adverse effects on endocrine organs in humans and non-target organisms. A high risk to certain non-target species was also identified.

Because the EU has a problem with Linuron – Canada could too.

* Health Canada to Implement Random Pesticide Testing | AgroNews

Recently, two licensed producers of cannabis for medical purposes undertook voluntary recalls of cannabis products that contained low levels of prohibited pest control products (myclobutanil/bifenazate/pyrethrins). Under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), licensed producers are permitted to use only the 13 pest control products that are currently approved for use on cannabis under the Pest Control Products Act (PCPA).

In response to these events, Health Canada announced that it will begin conducting random testing of medical cannabis products produced by licensed producers, to provide added assurance to Canadians that they are receiving safe, quality-controlled product. Health Canada will test these products to ensure that only authorized pest control products are used during the production of medical cannabis.

Lots of grower choices being made. Unfortunately the registration system is not helpful.

* Insect-Killing Fungus: New Generation of Environmentally Friendly Pesticides ‘Step Closer’ | AgroNews

A ‘new generation’ of environmentally friendly pesticides is a step closer as researchers make an important breakthrough in pest control efficiency thanks to an insect-killing fungus.

Molecular virologists Dr Robert Coutts from the University of Hertfordshire and Dr Ioly Kotta-Loizou from Imperial College London are investigating the potential of Beauveria bassiana (B. bassiana) as an environmentally friendly pesticide, or bio-insecticide .

B. bassiana is an insect-pathogenic fungus found naturally in soil and on some plants. The fungus can kill a wide range of bugs by infecting them with its spores. These include notorious crop-killing and household pests such as whiteflies, aphids, grasshoppers and termites.

* Match Sprayer to New Herbicides

THINK Different.

Don’t assume application requirements of new products and strategies to control resistant weeds will mimic those of glyphosate and other products you’re familiar with, cautions Dr. Mark Hanna, Iowa State University Extension Agricultural Engineer. Look now at labels of herbicides you’re considering for use next spring to prepare for proper nozzles and travel speeds, and keep from getting boxed in with mixes that don’t fit your equipment or that would put you off-label.

If you do your own spraying, and you’re considering new products this year to combat herbicide resistance, Mark Hanna says it’s a good idea to get to know your products now. “Most producers have shifted away from post-only applications to more reliance on a broader spectrum of both pre- and post-emerge herbicides,” the Iowa State University Extension Agricultural Engineer told a crowd at ISU’s Integrated Crop Management Conference recently, “and one set of sprayer nozzles probably won’t do it any more.”

* Monsanto Expands Louisiana Herbicide Dicamba Facility | AgroNews

Monsanto has officially broken ground on a $975 million expansion to its Luling plant in St. Charles Parish, L.A. The facility will manufacture dicamba, a controversial herbicide used in the company’s new XtendiMax weedkiller for GMO soybeans and cotton.

Monsanto’s $975 million investment on dicamba represents a major shift from its “bread-and-butter glyphosate herbicide business,” as Reuters noted. Glyphosate, the world’s most widely applied herbicide, has faced intense backlash ever since the World Health Organization’s cancer research arm linked the compound to cancer in March 2015.

* Syngenta’s Crop Protection Sales Up 6% in Q4 2016-Agricultural

Syngenta’s crop protection sales were up by 6.4% to $2,291 million in the fourth quarter ended on Dec 31, 2016, and seed business decreased by 13.4% to $741 million. Total group sales were up by 0.4% to $3,172 million.

For the full year of 2016, crop protection sales were down by 4.3% to $9,571 million. Seeds sales fell by 6.4% to $2,657 million. Total group sales decreased by 4.6% to $12,790 million.

* UK Farmers Apply for Emergency Use of Neonicotinoids to Protect Rapeseed Crop-Agricultural

The UK National Farmers Union (NFU)recently announced that it has applied for emergency use of neonicotinoid seed treatments to alleviate insect pest pressure on a proportion of the English oilseed rape crop.

NFU Vice President Guy Smith said: This application recognises that, because of the neonicotinoid restrictions, pest numbers have increased in recent years to such an extent that there are now areas of the country where these seed treatments are less likely to be of benefit – areas where the pest pressure is so high that the risk of losing oilseed rape is too great and control with pyrethroids is compromised by increased pesticide resistance.

Mr Smith said over-reliance on pyrethroids, caused by the neonicotinoid restrictions, is ‘exacerbating’ this resistance problem.

Crop Protection Canada – US News

* Bullish Enthusiasm from Last Week Appears to be Waning |

Grains were lower to start the day as the bullish enthusiasm from last week appears to be waning. Meanwhile, the US Dollar continued to exert its strength to the upside while crude oil drifted lower.

* Farm Labor Uneasy Amid Trump Immigration Crackdown |

Recent raids by U.S. immigration authorities targeting undocumented immigrants are creating a wave of distress through America’s agricultural sector, an industry that’s heavily dependent on foreign workers.

Hundreds of arrests have been made in at least six states over the past week. That’s left undocumented workers afraid to travel and farmers pondering whether they can risk hiring them, according to organizations representing both groups.

* The Supplement Industry’s Political Agenda Revealed | Food Politics by Marion Nestle

I am indebted to Food Chemical News (FCN) for this insight into the current lobbying efforts of the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the supplement industry’s relentless, never give up, trade group.

FCN says the Council is on track to visit all new congressional representatives with these asks:

  • Allow SNAP benefits to be used for dietary supplements.
  • Allow the supplement industry to self-regulate.
  • Join the bipartisan Dietary Supplement Caucus.

* Insecticides Demand Surpasses Herbicides in US | AgroNews

The demand for insecticide active ingredients in the US is projected to increase 2.6 percent per year to $910 million in 2020, according to the Freedonia Group’s new report, ‘Agricultural pesticide market in the US’. Volume is expected to stay flat at 57 million pounds over the same period.

* Michigan Farmers Urged to Speak Up on U.S.EPA Pesticide Assessment | AgroNews

The Michigan Farm Bureau said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent risk assessments for 27 pesticides doesn’t reflect sound science and could mean that farmers lose access to pesticides they have been using to protect their fields.

The Michigan Farm Bureau is urging farmers to make their voices heard on the EPA’s draft ecological assessments for the pesticides that include chemicals known as pyrethroids, which are made available by companies that include AMVAC, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta and Valent, the bureau said on its website.

* New Judicial Recommendation in Georgia-Florida Water Dispute |

A judicial official sided with Georgia in a decades-long dispute over water rights with Florida on Tuesday, recommending that the U.S. Supreme Court refuse Florida’s high-stakes request to cap water use by its neighboring state.

The dispute focuses on the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, covering nearly 20,000 square miles in western Georgia, eastern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. The Chattahoochee and Flint rivers meet at the Georgia-Florida border to form the Apalachicola, which flows into the bay and the Gulf of Mexico beyond.

* PBI-Gordon, Kumiai and Ihara Partner on Herbicide pyrimisulfan | AgroNews

PBI-Gordon Corporation is proud to announce the company has entered into an exclusive partnership with Kumiai Chemical Industry Co. Ltd., and Ihara Chemical Industry Co. Ltd., of Tokyo, Japan, to develop herbicides containing the new, proprietary active ingredient Pyrimisulfan.

To be marketed under the Vexis™ brand name, the herbicide active ingredient will be formulated for use in established cool- and warm-season turfgrass species on residential and commercial sites, sports facilities, and golf course fairways and roughs. Vexis™ Herbicide is currently pending registration before the U.S. EPA.

* U.S. EPA Review of Pyrethroids Up for Public Comment | AgroNews

Pyrethroids are up for registration review by the U.S. EPA, and the agency’s most recent risk assessment of this group of insecticides has some industry players concerned.

The EPA’s preliminary ecological risk assessment of a group of pyrethroid insecticides concluded that the agricultural uses of these chemicals “result in multiple exceedances of acute and chronic [levels of concern]” for aquatic animals, particularly aquatic insects.

* US OKs Nufarm’s Panther® Pro herbicide | AgroNews

Nufarm Americas, Inc. recently announced the registration of Panther® Pro herbicide for broad spectrum weed control in burndown, pre-plant and pre-emergent applications to soybeans. Panther Pro also provides excellent residual control of weeds in crop-fallow and non-crop bare ground uses.

Panther Pro provides residual control of more than 60 weeds, including glyphosate -resistant populations of common waterhemp, horseweed and common ragweed. It also controls susceptible winter annuals and other listed weeds in fallow land and soybeans. In accordance with label restrictions, this product may be mixed with glufosinate or glyphosate formulations labeled for burndown programs, such as those in the Nufarm C.A.T.S portfolio.

Panther Pro can be used in a:

  • Fall burndown
  • Fallow seedbed program
  • Spring burndown program for emerged weeds


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First large scale comm. vertical farm in Europe

First large scale comm. vertical farm in Europe
Feb. 10, 2017 First large scale comm. vertical farm in Europe Forward Print Philips Lighting, a global leader in lighting, has just announced that Staay Food…

February 12, 2017 at 09:16AM
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South Africa 2016 Corn Crop Drops to Smallest in 9 Years

South Africa 2016 Corn Crop Drops to Smallest in 9 Years
The 2016 total corn harvest in South Africa, the world’s biggest producer of the white variety after Mexico, fell 22 percent, the smallest crop since 2007, as…

February 11, 2017 at 09:16PM
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South Africa 2016 Corn Crop Drops to Smallest in 9 Years

South Africa 2016 Corn Crop Drops to Smallest in 9 Years
The 2016 total corn harvest in South Africa, the world’s biggest producer of the white variety after Mexico, fell 22 percent, the smallest crop since 2007, as…

February 11, 2017 at 09:16PM
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