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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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

BASF Invests in R&D

Kelly Marshall

The $270 million in capital improvements over the last three years make BASF‘s faculty in Beaumont, Texas their largest product facility in the company’s history– and the only plant in the U.S. manufacturing dicamba. BASF has also invested $290 million in eight of its other locations to provide solutions for growers, like the latest innovation, Engenia herbicide. The new herbicide is …

Agribusiness, BASF, Herbicides, Weed control

Scholarships Awarded from #Classic17

Kelly Marshall

The four hosting commodity groups, American Soybean Association (ASA), National Sorghum Producers (NSP), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and the National Wheat Foundation (NWF), along with BASF, offered 12 academic scholarships to students studying agriculture at the recent 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas. “These students have shown a commitment to the future of our industry through their …

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