Crops & Chemicals USA 18 Agenda Features Industry Experts

cindy zimmerman

The full agenda is now available for this year’s Crops & Chemicals USA meeting, July 23-25, at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC. The agenda for the meeting provides attendees with the critical science, technologies and contacts needed to accelerate the development and regulatory approval of biostimulant, biopesticide and agrochemical products. Included on the program this year are industry …

Agribusiness, AgWired Precision, BASF, Bayer, biobased, Biostimulants, Crop Protection, Events

Bayer Looks Forward to Monsanto Closing This Week

cindy zimmerman

Bayer intends to complete the acquisition of Monsanto this Thursday, June 7, following the receipt of all required approvals from regulatory authorities. “The acquisition of Monsanto is a strategic milestone in strengthening our portfolio of leading businesses in health and nutrition. We will double the size of our agriculture business and create a leading innovation engine in agriculture, positioning us …

Agribusiness, AgWired Precision, Audio, BASF, Bayer, Monsanto

BASF Executives Discuss Bayer Acquisition

cindy zimmerman

BASF Crop Protection business executives held a conference call with reporters Tuesday to discuss the agreement announced last Friday to purchase significant Bayer assets in the largest deal of its kind in history. The $7 billion deal includes Bayer’s global glufosinate-ammonium non-selective herbicide business, seed businesses for canola hybrids in North America under the InVigor® brand using the LibertyLink® trait …

AgWired AgNewsWire, AgWired Precision, Audio, BASF, Bayer

EPA Announces New Dicamba Rules

cindy zimmerman

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

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

Bayer Agrees to Sell Selected Crop Science Businesses to BASF

chuck zimmerman

I didn’t see this one coming. Just learned of this announcement and it’s a big one. I’m sure we’ll have more to come. From the Bayer website today: In light of the planned acquisition of Monsanto, Bayer has signed an agreement to sell selected Crop Science businesses to BASF for EUR 5.9 billion. The assets to be sold generated net …

Agribusiness, AgWired Precision, BASF, Bayer

Arkansas Urged to Consider Impact of Dicamba Ban

cindy zimmerman

Soybean leaf cupping seen from suspected dicamba drift (ZimmComm file photo) The Arkansas State Plant Board is considering recommendations for dicamba use in the 2018 growing season that Monsanto calls “unwarranted” and BASF considers to be a “rush to judgement.” On August 24, the state’s Dicamba Task Force voted to recommend a cutoff date of April 15 next year for …

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

BASF Introduces Provisia Rice System

Kelly Marshall

BASF’s Provisia Rice System will offer growers post-emergent control of a variety of weeds, including acetolactate synthase (ALS) resistant grasses, weedy rice, and red rice. The new system has received EPA approval for the 2018 growing system. “The Provisia Rice System provides growers with a much-needed technology,” said Nick Fassler, Manager, Technical Marketing, BASF. “This system helps achieve more rotational …

Agribusiness, BASF, Rice, Weed control

BASF Acquires Digital Farming Portfolio from ZedX

Kelly Marshall

BASF has announced that they have acquired ZedX Inc., a digital agriculture developer.  ZedX focuses on developing agronomic weather and crop and pest models. BASF plans to uses these resources to help growers take advantage of the power of big data. “Growers are embracing cutting-edge technology and tools that can help them increase crop yields,” said Scott Kay, Vice President, …

Agribusiness, BASF, Data

BASF Issues Monarch Challenge

Kelly Marshall

BASF is partnering with farmers to help save the monarch butterfly. The company has issued the Living Acres Monarch Challenge, offering the first 500 farmers to join the Monarch Challenge the materials needed to plant vital milkweed plant. Since milkweeds are difficult to grow from seedlings, BASF will send participants 18 butterfly milkweed seedlings, a hose, gloves and a guide …

Agribusiness, BASF, pollinators

BASF Licenses CRISPR-Cas9 Technology

Kelly Marshall

BASF has announced a global licensing agreement with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to use a CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing technology for agriculture and industrial microbiology. This gene-editing tool is simpler and more precise than previous technology for making targeted changes in the DNA, providing a quicker and less expensive method to benefit agriculture. “The CRISPR-Cas9 technology is a game …

Agribusiness, BASF, Gene Editing