Crop Protection Canada – News

This blog will be on sporadic hiatus until the week of April 10.

Coop Federee Cracks $6 Billion Mark in Revenues | Country Guide

Revenues for expansion-minded Quebec agrifood and retail co-operative La Coop federee crossed the $6 billion mark in fiscal 2016, leading to a substantial jump in patronage dividends to producers.

  • The co-operative at its annual meeting reported earnings, before patronage dividends and income taxes, of $275.44 million on $6.335 billion in revenues for fiscal 2016, up from $95.7 million on $5.992 billion in 2015.

Is This Oft-Repeated Ag Mantra Wrong? |

* This mantra has been pounded into the agriculture industry for the past decade: “Food production must double by 2050 to feed the world’s growing population.” Just Google that statement and watch scores of results appear. There’s just one problem – this assertion isn’t supported by the latest data, according to research just published in the journal Bioscience.

* Mitch Hunter, Penn State doctoral student in agronomy, says production still needs to increase over time – just not as fast as many have claimed. A more reasonable estimate is a 25% to 70% increase in food production needed by 2050.

* “In the coming decades, agriculture will be called upon to both feed people and ensure a healthy environment,“ he says. ”Right now, the narrative in agriculture is really out of balance, with compelling goals for food production but no clear sense of the progress we need to make on the environment. To get the agriculture we want in 2050, we need quantitative targets for both food production and environmental impacts.”

Summary and Analysis of Mergers between Global Seed Companies in 2016 | AgroNews

“Following a large number of mergers in the past few years, the global seed market is now represented by multinationals such as Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta, and Limagrain, who have expanded their businesses all over the world. Among them, Monsanto and DuPont, headquartered in Missouri and Delaware, respectively, in the United States, took 20% and 15% of the world’s total seed market share in 2014, ranking Nos 1 and 2.”

Crop Protection Canada – Crops

Probiotic Additives May Protect Greens | The Packer

“The University of Queensland is conducting a study to determine if introducing friendly bacteria to bagged salad will ward off salmonella and listeria.

  • The research will take two years and use friendly lactic acid bacteria discovered at the Brisbane, Australia, university and commercialized by Uniquest.

“Our project aims to commercialize new strains of bacteria that already naturally occur on veggies,” Mark Turner, associate professor at the University of Queensland’s School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, said in a news release. “These can help salad producers improve the food safety and health benefits of their fresh and fresh-cut salad products, adding value to them and protecting the health of consumers.”

Crop Protection Canada – Markets

Egyptian Buying Sends Wheat Futures Jumping | Agrimoney

“A massive Egyptian wheat purchase late in the previous session helped wheat futures surge, while corn and what continue to gain on biofuel speculations.

  • Gasc, the state grain buyer for the worlds’ top wheat importer, booked 535,000 tonne of wheat for import, its largest single purchase in over three years.
  • The big wheat buying, at a time when Egypt is usually slowing purchases ahead of its domestic harvest, was seen as a bullish sign.”

Hedge Funds’ Ag Buying Stalls, Amid Questions Over Commodities Rally | Agrimoney

“Hedge funds’ wave of buying in agricultural commodities stalled, amid some question over whether sentiment has already peaked, and indeed whether optimism may have already gone too far in some contracts.

  • Managed money, a proxy for speculators, cut its net long position in futures and options in the top 13 US-traded agricultural commodities, from lean hogs to sugar, by 5,028 contracts in the week to last Tuesday, analysis of data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission regulator shows.

  • The decline was only the second in an eight-week run which has seen managed money more than double its net long – the extent to which long bets, which profit when values rise, exceed short holdings, which benefit when prices fall.”

  • Kernel Underlines Contrast in Russia’s, Ukraine’s Grain Exports | Agrimoney

“Kernel Holding highlighted the contrasting fortunes of Ukraine’s and Russia’s grain exports as the group unveiled a drop in earnings, dented by farmer hoarding of sunflower crops.

  • The Ukraine-based vegetable oil-to-grain trading group said that its export terminals division saw an, unusual, year-on-year drop in volumes in the October-to-December quarter, of 2.0% to 1.62m tonnes – despite “double-digit growth” in trade handled through its Ukraine operations.
  • The decline was attributed to a “sluggish performance in Taman”, in Russia, where Kernel Holding has a transhipment joint venture.”

Pace of Intrepid Potash Losses Slow, as Market Bottoms Out | Agrimoney

“Intrepid Potash reported smaller losses, with signs the potash market has bottomed out.

  • And the company reported rising sales in its commodity potash business, thanks to an increase in volumes, up 51% year-on-year.
  • Intrepid’s realised potash sales prices was down 33% year on year in the last three months of 2016, but up 4% on the previous three months period.
  • The company said that recent price increases have provided “stability to the potash market and have increased buyer confidence entering the spring season”.

Sime Darby Profits Soar, Before Spin-Off of World’s Top Palm Business | Agrimoney

“Profits at the Malaysian conglomerate Sime Darby Berhad soared off the back of rising palm oil prices, even as the company plans to spin out its plantations business, the world’s largest by area under cultivation.

  • The company benefitted from rising palm production, even as prices remain supported by the industry wide effect of the 2015–16 El Nino continues to suppress production and support prices.
  • In particular the company’s plantations in Papua New Guinea delivered rising volumes.
  • The company also clarified its plans for a planned spin out of its plantations and property business, in a plan that would establish three completely separate businesses, with no stake in each other.”

Crop Protection Canada

€1.3 Billion Lost Every Year Across the EU Due to Fake Pesticides | AgroNews

“A new report from the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) shows that 13.8% of legitimate revenues are lost each year due to counterfeiting of pesticides in the EU- 28.

  • Those lost sales translate into 2,600 jobs directly lost across the pesticides sector in the EU, as legitimate manufacturers employ fewer people than they would have done in the absence of counterfeiting.
  • When the knock-on effects of counterfeit pesticides in the marketplace are taken into account, 11,700 jobs are lost in the EU economy.”

Adama officially withdraws $400 million IPO | AgroNews

Adama Agricultural Solutions recently withdrew its plans for an initial public offering on Tuesday, citing changing company strategy. It had set terms for a $400 million IPO by offering 23.5 million shares at a price range of $16 to $18 in November 2014.

Is the shine off the IPO pumpkin?

Andermatt Biocontrol established subsidiary in USA | AgroNews

“The foundation of the Andermatt USA subsidiary helps to increase market penetration and to secure long-term success in a fast-changing market.

  • With the approval and successful launch of Helicovex and Spexit on the US market in 2015 and 2016, Andermatt Biocontrol has developed a broad network with links to various stakeholders.
  • The focus will be not solely on organic farming but also on IPM farms.
  • An ever-expanding portfolio, high-level technical support and cooperation with key stakeholders will provide US producers with valuable tools for effective crop protection.”

Arysta LifeScience Announces Increase in R&D Pipeline Value | AgroNews

“Arysta LifeScience, a Platform Specialty Products company, announced recently an increase in the value of its research and development (R&D) pipeline from the addition of seven active substances to its product development portfolio in the last 12 months.

  • Five of them were obtained through in-licensing partnerships with other discovery-based companies.
  • Considering all new products in development for launch from 2017 through 2025, Arysta LifeScience believes that, if successful, its pipeline of products could deliver a combined peak sales potential of up to $1.3 billion.”

New actives:
* a herbicide
* three insecticides
* two fungicides
* novel biostimulant

BASF Agrochemical Sales Rose 10% in Q4 2016 | AgroNews

“Sales of BASF’s Agricultural Solutions segment rose by 10% to €1,281 million in the fourth quarter due to higher volumes.

  • EBIT before special items decreased by €65 million to €79 million due to higher fixed costs, partly resulting from new or expanded production facilities, for example for the herbicide dicamba.”
  • For the full year sales fell by 4%. Looks like some accounting magic at work here

Bayer’s CFO Outlines Finances To Fund Monsanto Acquisition | AgriMarketing

“Bayer AG Chief Financial Officer Johannes Dietsch said Wednesday the company will stick to its plan to raise $19 billion in equity before moving on to a rights and bond issue, providing more detail on the financing for the German pharmaceutical giant’s takeover of U.S. seed maker Monsanto Co.

“We want to do the equity first before we enter the bond markets,” Mr. Dietsch said during a call with analysts. Should the company decide to go for a large or “very large” rights issue, Bayer would wait until there was more visibility on the regulatory outlook for the deal, he said.

  • Bayer said it was confident that the planned $57 billion acquisition of Monsanto would pass regulatory hurdles by the end of the year, despite delays with U.S. and European antitrust authorities.
  • The purchase price for Monsanto needs to be paid in dollars, Mr. Dietsch said. The company plans to issue corporate bonds in dollars and will also consider other currencies.”

California Snowpack Nears Record Depths |

“California surveyors say the Sierra Nevada snowpack is close to setting records after five years of punishing drought.

  • Officials said Wednesday the snowpack’s water content measured at 185 percent of normal. A year ago, it was 84 percent of normal.
  • The snowpack is vital because it provides one-third of the state’s water to homes and farms when it melts in the spring and summer.
  • Frank Gehrke, the state’s chief snow surveyor, said the snowpack in some places is nearing levels last seen in 1983.”

Platform Specialty Products (PAH) Tops Q4 EPS by 2c

“Platform Specialty Products (NYSE: PAH) reported Q4 EPS of $0.20, $0.02 better than the analyst estimate of $0.18. Revenue for the quarter came in at $950 million versus the consensus estimate of $931.42 million.

Fourth Quarter 2016 Highlights:

  • Net sales on a reported basis for the fourth quarter of 2016 were a record $950 million, an increase of 29.2% over last year. On a comparable basis, organic sales, which excludes the impact of currency changes, metals prices, acquisitions and divestitures, increased 4.6% quarter-over-quarter;
  • MacDermid Performance Solutions (Performance Solutions segment): Net sales were $457 million, an increase of 76.4% compared to the same period of 2015. On a comparable basis, organic sales increased 6.3% quarter-over-quarter
  • Arysta LifeScience (Agricultural Solutions segment): Net sales were $493 million, an increase of 3.6 % compared to the same period of 2015. On a comparable basis, organic sales increased 3.1% quarter-over-quarter”

Stockton Enters Distribution Agreement in China | AgriBusiness Global

“Stockton STK, which specializes in the development and marketing of botanical-based pesticides, signed a long-term non-exclusive distribution agreement of Timorex Gold biofungicide with Chongqing Shurong Crop Science Ltd. in the field of professional crop protection uses in edible crops in China.

  • Under the terms of the non-exclusive agreement, it allows Timorex Gold to expand its domestic reach by utilizing Chongqing Shurong Crop Science Ltd. expert representatives, sales and marketing channels. Timorex Gold will be manufactured and supplied by Stockton and marketed and distributed in Chinanon – exclusively by Chongqing Shurong.”

Syngenta Eyes Asset Opportunities From Dow/Dupont Merger |

“Syngenta AG, which sees its $43 billion takeover by China National Chemical Corp. closing by the end of June, said it’s open to pursuing assets that might become available as a result of antitrust reviews of other mega deals in the agricultural industry.

  • There could be attractive seed acquisition opportunities stemming from the merger of Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. or the combination of Bayer AG and Monsanto Co., according to Syngenta Chief Executive Officer Erik Fyrwald, who was speaking at a conference in Basel, Switzerland, on Wednesday. On top of that, “there are many, many seed companies around the world” that may be looking for a buyer, he said.”

Syngenta’s Minecto Pro Insecticide Approved by EPA | AgriBusiness Global

“Syngenta announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has registered and approved Minecto Pro insecticide for use in specialty and vegetable crops to control lepidopteran pests as well as sucking/rasping/chewing pests like mites, whiteflies, psyllids, thrips and Colorado potato beetles.

  • “Minecto Pro is a new foliar insecticide that answers the industry’s request for a broad spectrum solution with long-lasting residual control in specialty and vegetable crops,” said Meade McDonald, insecticide product lead, Syngenta.
  • Minecto Pro combines cyantraniliprole, a second generation diamide that provides a broader spectrum of control, and abamectin, the global standard for mite control, into one convenient premix formulation.”

Crop Protection Canada – US News

Ag Groups Beg Trump for Infrastructure Deal |

Trump had plans to enact a bill titled the American Energy and Infrastructure Act, which would pour in $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over the next 10 years. A recent Gallup poll showed 75% of Americans support more federal spending on the nation’s roads and waterways, and this bill was largely seen as low-hanging fruit to garner goodwill early into Trump’s administration.

Atrazine Under the Magnifying Glass |

“Atrazine, one of farmers’ least expensive and most effective chemicals for weed control, is under the magnifying glass.

Atrazine is up for re-registration review by the Environmental Protection Agency, says Bob Broz, water quality specialist for University of Missouri Extension. Broz recently spoke to certified crop advisers at a meeting in St. Joseph.

Atrazine’s last registration received approval in 2003. EPA reviews products every 15 years after a lengthy process that often involves public opinion as well as science. Closer scrutiny of atrazine use comes when it appears in drinking water supplies at higher rates than allowed by EPA. In 2007 and 2009, EPA determined that atrazine is not likely to cause cancer in humans or affect amphibian gonadal development.”

Mexico Warns U.S. It’ll Cut Off NAFTA Talks If Tariffs Proposed |

“Mexico’s top trade negotiator doubled down on threats to break off talks to rework NAFTA, saying his country will walk away if the U.S. insists on slapping duties or quotas on any products from south of the border.

“The moment that they say, ‘We’re going to put a 20 percent tariff on cars,’ I get up from the table,” Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said in an interview. “Bye-bye.”

This doesn’t mean, Guajardo emphasized, that Mexico would be looking to scrap NAFTA. But by saying it refuses to even discuss the kind of tariffs President Donald Trump has long trumpeted, the country is ratcheting up the pressure on U.S. negotiators and effectively daring them to pull out of the 23-year-old pact.”

Policy Wonks: It’s Farm Bill Time Again (But There’s Help) | Food Politics

Let’s all give thanks to Philip Brasher who is writing a series of articles on the 2018 farm bill for Agri-Pulse.

If you are curious—and brave enough—to dive into this incredibly important but overwhelmingly detailed and phenomenally politicized piece of legislation (my take on the farm bill is here) , here is the place to start.

He’s done three so far:

USDA Sees 88 Million US Soybean Acres

U.S. farmers are projected to plant a record 88 million acres of soybeans this spring, spurred by futures prices that make the oilseed a more profitable choice than corn or wheat, said USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson.

Wet Winter Slowing California Harvests | The Packer

California rains are delaying harvest of some strawberries and citrus, and is making vegetable planting problematic.

  • The rains delayed strawberry harvest along the Central and Southern Coast, according to the California Farm Bureau, noting that production may be temporarily reduced as growers wait for waterlogged fields to dry and discard rain-damaged berries.

WOTUS Could Take One Big Step Toward Extinction Today |

WOTUS has been criticized for ambiguities that could allow for federal overreach concerning “any water that is in a 100- year floodplain and within 1,500 feet of another regulated water,” according to a report from September 2016 by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Crop Protection Canada – News Friday February 24, 2017

ADM Named to Most Admired Company List for Ninth Consecutive Year | AgroNews

For the ninth year in a row, Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) was named one of the world’s most admired companies in the food production industry by Fortune magazine. Considered the definitive report card on corporate reputation, Fortune’s annual list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” ranked companies in 51 major industries for 2017.

Another Extension Needed for ChemChina’s Acquisition of Syngenta | AgroNews

China National Chemical Corp., or ChemChina, further extended its $43 billion takeover offer for Swiss seed major Syngenta AG (SYNN.EB) to April 28, as it continues to seek regulatory approval for the deal.

Austere Empire-Building Weighs on Kraft’s Unilever Bid – AGCanada – AGCanada

Reuters — Buyout firm 3G Capital managed to build a consumer empire with a market value of over US$140 billion in just seven years. Yet its ruthless approach to costs may end up hampering 3G-backed Kraft Heinz’s US$143 billion bid for Unilever Plc.

Brussels “Will Block” GM Food From Britain | AgroNews

Plans to grow genetically modified crops in Britain could result in the EU blocking imports of the produce after Brexit, according to a leaked report by European parliament officials.

  • Fascinating.

Canadian Cherry Growers Optimistic Over Foreign Market Opportunities

Canadian cherry growers are looking forward to a good year for their crops if the weather allows it. Farmers are expecting an increase in foreign markets opening up, members of the BC Cherry Association heard at their annual general meeting in Kelowna.

China Closes Live Poultry Markets Amid Deadly Flu Outbreak |

  • China is ordering the closure of live poultry markets in its south-central regions as it grapples with the worst outbreak of bird flu in years that has killed at least 87 people.
  • State media reported Friday that the National Health and Family Planning Commission ordered closures anywhere with cases of the H7N9 strain.
  • Most reported cases have been found in the densely populated Yangtze and Pearl river deltas from Shanghai to Hong Kong. Those areas generally experience mild, wet winters that are ideal for the virus transmission. In all, more than 250 cases have been reported from 16 provinces and regions, including as far away as the southwestern province of Yunnan.

Crop Destroying Caterpillar Rapidly Spreading Across Africa; Maize Production Endangered

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.

Enhancing Naturally-Occurring Microbes to Aid Greenhouse Growers | HortiDaily

Healthy growing conditions are critical to the success of any crop, and chemicals designed to help plants grow and resist disease are common, useful tools for farmers – whether growing conventional, organic, indoor, or outdoor crops.

  • Metagenom Bio Inc., however, is one company trying to help growers reduce their reliance on chemical controls.
  • With help from Bioenterprise, an organization that supports the development of agri-technology companies, through its Bioenterprise Seed Fund, Metagenom Bio Inc. uses improved microbe communities to both enhance plant growth and reduce the impact of disease.

Expanding Opportunities for Advanced Wood Pellet Producers | HortiDaily

The Wood Pellet Association of Canada reports that one of its members – Ontario Power Generation (OPG) – operates the Thunder Bay Generating Station, which is the only plant worldwide that has been converted from coal firing to employ advanced wood pellets as the sole primary fuel.

FAO – News Article: Famine Hits Parts of South Sudan

UN agencies warn that almost 5 million people urgently need food, agriculture and nutrition assistance

Fifth of World’s Food Lost to Over-Eating and Waste, Study Finds | ScienceDaily

Almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests. The world population consumes around 10 per cent more food than it needs, while almost nine per cent is thrown away or left to spoil, researchers say.

Fortune Names Monsanto One of the World’s Most Admired Companies | HortiDaily

Monsanto Company was named one of the 2017 World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune Magazine, attaining the rank of No. 2 within the company’s industry sector.

Obviously Fortune did not get the protestors’ memo.

Fraser Valley Farming Faces Flood Risk Due to Climate Change | WP

A new study raises alarms about potential high agricultural damages should peak water flows on the Fraser River increase as some climate change models predict.

Definitely wild and crazy weather in Abbotsford this winter.

Maple Leaf Buys Veg-Meat Manufacturer | WP

  • Maple Leaf Foods is buying a U.S.-based manufacturer of plant-based protein foods for US$140 million and related costs.
  • Maple Leaf is buying Lightlife Foods, which makes 30 innovative products, including plant-based tempeh, hot dogs, breakfast foods and burgers, from Brynwood Partners VI L.P.
  • The deal, financed from cash on hand, is expected to close in March subject to customary U.S. regulatory review.

More Than $1.6 Million for Crop Research Funded | Top Crop Manager

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing more than $1.6 million in eight research projects dealing with a wide range of issues facing crop producers, Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced at the CropConnect conference in Winnipeg today.

I was in the room at CropConnect in Winnipeg for this one.

Ontario Tomato Farmers Considering Legal Action Against Canning Company |

A group of about 14 tomato growers from Essex County and Chatham-Kent are contemplating taking legal action against a local canning company, which they say didn’t fulfill its contract obligations.

Stoller’s Biostimulant Stimulate Registered in Brazil for Grapes, Tomatoes

Stimulate, a biostimulant yield enhancer uses as a supplement to foliar nutrients, has been approved by Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply.

  • Stimulate enhances cell division, cell differentiation, cell enlargement, root growth and nutrient utilization. It can increase the yield and quality of grapes and tomatoes.
  • After many investments on research and technology, the product was developed through an exclusive formulation of Indole–3-butyric acid, Gibberellic acid and Cytokinin (as kinetin) that acts during the vital stages of the development of the crops, increasing the productive potential of the plant, and minimizing the stress conditions imposed by the climate.

Summary on the Development Strategies of Companies under the New Situation of Agriculture in 2016 | AgroNews

In 2016, unfavorable market conditions continued, and the global agricultural inputs companies experienced rapid merger & acquisitions (M&As) amid a sustained market downturn.

  • Looking back at the past and looking to the future, we are seeing unceasing challenges confronted by the industry of traditional agrochemicals companies and new opportunities as new fields of application are being developed.
  • As a result, continued development and innovation will take place in the industry with constant internal and external changes.

Crop Protection Canada – Crops Friday February 24, 2017

2017 Canadian Agricultural Outlook: Positive Future |

A Look at FDK & DON in Winter Wheat Varieties | Crop Chatter

CAN (BC): Aquaculture System Produces 600,000 Kilos of Fish Annually | HortiDaily

BASF: Registered For Use in Canada Does Not Mean ‘Okay to Use’ in a Crop That Is 90 Percent Exported – Quinclorac

Canola Watch: New Seeding Rate Calculator, Midge Video

Corn Growers Expecting Increase In Acres In 2017 |

Dutch and local Companies Help Aphria to Expand With 16 Acres

Farming for fish? MSU Webinar Explores How to Get Started

Growers Deem Pest Alberta Act Compliance Impossible | WP

HM.Clause Presents a New Tomato Concept at Fruit Logistica | AgroNews

Legal Marijuana Sales Creating Escalating Damage to the Environment | ScienceDaily

Manitoba Flax Acres Continue To Decline |

Ontario Hazelnut Symposium Scheduled for March 28 |

Pulse Fumigation Talks Ongoing Between Canada And India |

Scientists Remove Reliance on Seasonality in New Lines of Broccoli, Potentially Doubling Crop Production – ScienceDaily

The Growing Potential Of Pulse Crops In Canada |

The Netherlands has Basically Reinvented the Tomato- | AgroNews

Waterhemp Now a Manitoba Weed | Crop Chatter

Crop Protection Canada – Markets Friday February 24, 2017

Ag Futures Mixed at Start of High-Profile Week

Argentina Lifts Wheat Crop to Record High – but Cuts Corn, Soy Area Hopes

Canada Cuts Spring Wheat Sowings Forecast, as Price Hopes Fade | Agrimoney

Canola Drops One Percent With Falling Soy, USDA Acreage Forecast | WP

Markets, Quotes and Charts Link 20170224 | WP

Organic Food’s $6 Billion Dilemma |

Prices Down With Malting Barley Glut | WP

Toronto Market Heats Up With Abundant Product | The Packer

US Sowings Prospects – Leading Commentators Give Their Views | Agrimoney

US Upgrades South America as Rival in Corn, Wheat Exports | Agrimoney

VIDEO: Canada’s Agricultural Markets Update – February 22, 2017 | WP

Will US Data Knock Grains Off Key Price Perches? | Agrimoney

Crop Protection Canada Friday February 24, 2017

2016 Analysis of New Patterns and Future Trends in Global Agriculture | AgroNews

  • Rapid growth in the coming 5 years
  • CAGR of 5%+
  • Biopesticides fastest growing category
  • Many firms to a few large firms

Arysta Presented Innovative BioSolutions for Sustainable Agriculture at Fruit Logistica | AgroNews

  • Based on Arysta’s own R&D resources in Europe, the company’s BioSolutions stand for new dimensions and a new way of thinking in Integrated Crop Management (ICM).
  • In addition to seed treatments, growth regulators and a broad spectrum of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides, the company’s portfolio also includes BioStimulants, BioControl and Innovative Nutrients.

Bayer Launches COPeO™ Prime Seed Treatment in US| AgroNews

  • Cotton growers can add a second effective mode of action for nematodes by pairing COPeO Prime with Aeris® insecticide /nematicide.
  • Aeris provides up to four weeks of protection from many early season pests and is currently the only solution on the market with two effective modes of action against thrips, making it a perfect fit for resistance management.
  • Trilex® Advanced Fungicide for protection against a broad range of cotton seedling diseases, including Fusarium, Rhizoctonia, Phythium and Thielaviopsis basicola.

Bayer, Syngenta Present Case for EU Approval of Insecticides | AgroNews

  • Bee deaths – neonics – EU restrictions
  • clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam
  • The major flea beetle products in seed treatments and foliar sprays for rapeseed (Canola).

Bayer: Permanently Working on New Solutions and Innovative Technologies for EU Oilseed Rape| AgroNews

  • There are few products left for flea beetle control on rapeseed.
  • New solutions are difficult to find given a weak insecticide pipeline.

Canada: New Products Available for Potato Growers in 2017| AgroNews

  • Syngenta Aprovia – Veticillum wilt/Silver scurf/Rhizoctonia – solatenol FRAC Group 7
  • Syngenta Aprovia Top – Alternaria – solatenol + difenoconazole (FG3)
  • UAP – Double Nickel 55 WDG – Sclerotinia (White mold)/Early blight (Alternaria)
  • United Phosphorus – Elixir WDG – in-season Early blight and Late blight protection – chlorothalonil (Bravo) + mancozeb
  • Syngenta – Orondis Ultra – Late blight – mandipropamide (G40)+ oxathiapiprolin (U15)
  • Valent – Presidio – Late Blight and Pink rot suppression – fluopicolide (G43)
  • Miller Research – Quash – White mold – metconazole (G3)
  • Bayer herbicide Sencor STZ – triazine resistant weeds – Sencor + sulfentrazone
  • Bayer – Velum Prime – Nematicide – pyridinyl ethyl benzamide

Challenges of Herbicide Development |

  • No new herbicide class since 1992 (HPPD inhibitors).
  • $250 million and 10 years for regulatory and field testing.
  • Path to herbicide resistance has shortened.
  • Substitued Cyclic Amides from Syngenta / DuPont could be the next herbicide class.

Dow-DuPont Deal Expected to Win EU Approval by March| AgroNews

The Global glufosinate Market to Grow by 2022 | AgroNews

  • Market estimated at USD 1.37B – 2016
  • CAGR – 9.25% next 5 years
  • North America biggest field of play owing to GM crops

Global Nematicides Market Projected to Reach $1.43B by 2022| AgroNews

  • CAGR 3.3% – Projected value 2022 USD 1.43B

Growers Deem Pest Act Compliance Impossible | WP

  • Fusarium is not going to magically disappear.
  • Suggestion is that it should be removed from the Alberta Agricultural Pest Act

Marrone Bio Innovations Hosts Academic, Grower Nematicide Training | AgroNews

  • Nematode management was the theme.
  • Identification as well.

NFU Urges Ban on One Neonic Insecticide | WP

  • I’m not sure it is in the best interests of Canadian growers for the NFU to take a stand on this issue.
  • Why would they want to endorse this proposal? What is in it for the NFU?

OHP Inc. Signs Marketing Agreement With Vestaron Corporation| AgroNews

  • Product is Spear™O, a bio-insecticide, venom-peptide.
  • Greenhouse ornamentals – thrips, whiteflies and spider mites – very important pests.

Pesticide Use Has Fallen Over the Past 50 Years – Koppert | AgroNews

  • This is a bit of a puff piece on beneficial insects.
  • They are certainly important in the greenhouse and in the future outdoors.
  • The changes in insecticide active ingredient per ha in the past 50 years could easily explain the drop in pesticide use. Beneficial insects would explain a fraction of it.

SipcamRotam to Launch the First Registered, Generic Premixes of mesotrione | AgroNews

  • Looking a the corn market with premixes to cover resistant and difficult weeds.

Crop Protection Canada – US News Friday February 24, 2017

Adama USA Launches New Foliar-Applied Dual Mode Insecticide Cormoran | AgroNews

  • Apples and Pears – codling moth | pear psylla – also berries, brassicas, fruiting veg, cotton, potatos, stone fruit, strawberries and sweet corn – chewing and piercing-sucking insests.
  • Groups 15 + 4A
  • acetamiprid – 80 g/l + novaluron (Rimon) – 100 g/l

Bayer’s Acquisition Of Monsanto Likely With Pres. Trump’s Backing | AgriMarketing

  • The usual assurances are being given about investing in the US.
  • It will be interesting to see what ‘synergies’ (the Brits would call these redundancies) still issue forth.
  • The deal is closer to completion.

Bee Decline Threatens US Crop Production: First US Wild Bee Map Reveals 139 ‘Trouble Zone’ Counties | ScienceDaily

Class Action Suit Filed Against Monsanto for dicamba Drift Damage

  • Farmers used the wrong formulation – always best to read the label and not assume you know the outcome of your actions without checking first.

Companies Pull Out of California Asparagus Deal | The Packer

  • Mexico and Peru seem to have some overly-competitive prices into the US market. The locals can’t afford to stay in the business.

House Agriculture Committee passes Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act of 2017 | AgroNews

  • This reauthorizes the Pesticides Registration Improvement Act
    • Seven (up from 5) year product reauthorization.
    • Fees to EPA up +10%

How a “Day Without Immigrants” Affects the Agriculture Community | Successful Farming

  • Half a million immigrants work in Agriculture.
  • Immigrants didn’t work and business owners supported their day of action.

Insecticides Demand Surpasses Herbicides in US | AgroNews

  • Not many insecticides.
  • Older products going away slowly. It is hard to replace broad-spectrum products with more targeted ones.
  • Trend is towards lower active ingredient in formulation.

Potato Stocks 02/17/2017 – post0217.pdf

  • Up 3% from Feb 2016

Number of Farms in U.S. Drops as Acreage Size Grows | Successful Farming

  • 2.06 million down 8,000 farms.
  • 911 million acres down 1 million.
  • Average farm size 442 acres up 1 acre from last year.

Residential, Commercial Sprawl Threatens Farmland in Indiana |

  • 740,000 acres of land converted to urban space between 1982 and 2012.

RiceTec partners with Adama on new herbicide tolerance system | AgroNews

  • FullPage Solution – limited launch fall 2017.
  • Herbicide tolerance systems.
  • Two herbicides – Preface (imazethapyr) and Postscript (imazamox) for specially grown seed.

Scott Pruitt confirmed as US EPA’s new leader | AgroNews

  • Yes there will be gnashing of teeth at EPA as a long-time critic of the agency (and climate denier) takes the reins.
  • Waters of the US (WOTUS) is probably not long for this world.
  • The biofuel industry will probably benefit.

Seasonal Highs Established in US Wheat Market | Successful Farming

Trade Scrapping Tobacco from Mix, Shrinking Acreage |

  • The end is nigh.

U.S. to approve SePRO Corporation’s Zio fungicide | AgroNews

  • Pseudomonas (bacteria) strain against a wide variety of turf pathogens.

US House Ag Committee approves two pesticide bills

  • PRIA – covered above
  • Reducing Regulatory Burdens

US House passes bill to block Bureau of Land Management Rule | US Wheat Harvest to Fall by Most in 26 Years, Boding Well for Prices

USDA Sees Farmers Planting More Soybeans, Fewer Corn Acres | AgroNews

  • Best economic deal is still soybean, ahead of both corn and wheat.

Early Finish for Leafy Greens in Yuma Likely to Lead to Gap | The Packer

  • The great mildew plague of the Sonoran Valleys is going to mean the foldup of crops 2–3 weeks early. California is not ready yet to pick up the slack

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