Bayer Rejects EPA Request to Halt Belt® Sales

Cindy ZimmermanBayer CropScience, Crop Protection, Insecticide

Bayer is rejecting a request by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to voluntarily cancel the uses of flubendiamide insecticide, marketed as Belt® in the United States, and instead will seek a review of the product’s registration through an administrative law hearing. According to a company release, Bayer believes EPA is exaggerating the environmental risk of the product and “would deny … Read More

Are Neonics Dangerous To Bees?

Taylor TruckeyBayer CropScience, Bees, environment, Honeybees, Insecticide

Dana Sargent, Vice President, North American Regulatory Affairs for Bayer, wrote an open letter on the Bayer CropScience blog penning a response to U.S. and Canadian government regulation regarding imidacloprid. Here’s a portion of Sargent’s letter: As a mom and someone responsible for feeding my family, I know the importance of having ready access to safe and nutritious food. As … Read More

EPA Releases Risk Assessments for Insecticides

Taylor TruckeyBayer CropScience, environment, EPA, Honeybees, Insecticide

Today the EPA announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, which, according to the assessment, is a threat to some pollinators. EPA’s assessment, prepared in collaboration with California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation, indicates that imidacloprid potentially poses risk to hives when the pesticide comes in contact with certain crops that attract pollinators. “Delivering on the President’s … Read More

ARA Asks Stakeholders To Voice Opinions

Taylor TruckeyARA, EPA, Insecticide, Policy

The Agricultural Retailers Association is putting a call-to-action out for stakeholders to make their voices heard regarding the future use of an important insecticide, chlorpyrifos. Popular products that include chlorpyrifos include Cobalt, Cobalt Advanced, Lorsban, Lock-On, etc. Read the full letter below: Dear Stakeholder: As you probably know, on October 30, 2015, U.S. EPA announced a proposal to revoke US … Read More

New HarvestMaster Field Applicator Reduces Error

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Data, Fertilizer, Insecticide, Pesticides, Software

A provider of data solutions, HarvestMaster has launched a new applicator that allows the grower to apply various treatments to specific plots.   The applicator is set using the HarvestMaster’s Mirus software by a simple software plugin.  This technology reduces error and increases a grower’s productivity. Using the Mirus field applicator plugin, users can select which treatments to apply to … Read More

NipsIt SUITE Offers Solution to Disease and Pests

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Insect Control, Insecticide, seed, wheat

When choosing which seed protectant to use Northern Plains wheat growers consider two questions.  What will keep my seed safe from seedling diseases and insects and what is easiest to use on my farm? Valent U.S.A. Corporation hopes to help answer these questions with a new video explaining the NipsIt SUITE Cereals program. Acting as both a contact and super-systemic … Read More

FMC and Monsanto Expand Agreement for Growers

Cindy ZimmermanAgribusiness, Audio, Corn, Cotton, FMC, Herbicides, Insecticide, Monsanto, Soybeans

FMC Agricultural Solutions and Monsanto last week announced the expansion of an agreement of participation in the Roundup Ready PLUS® Crop Management Solutions platform. The exclusive agreement includes FMC’s Authority® brand sulfentrazone herbicides, and adds FMC’s Capture® LFR® insecticide as a soil-applied insecticide for corn and Hero® insecticide. “We believe growers should make use of the best technologies available,” said … Read More

Cheminova Products Add to FMC Portfolio

Cindy ZimmermanAg Media Summit, Audio, FMC, Fungicides, Insecticide

FMC Corporation just completed its acquisition of Cheminova earlier this year and at the Ag Media Summit we talked with FMC business solutions manager David Wheeler about what new crop protection solutions that adds to the FMC portfolio for growers. “The Cheminova acquisition has really rounded out our portfolio,” said Wheeler. “For instance, we were lacking in fungicides in our … Read More

BASF Opens New Research Station in India

Kelly MarshallBASF, Fungicides, Herbicides, Insecticide, Research, Uncategorized

A new BASF research station in Pune, India will focus on the areas of herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, and other solutions beyond crop protection products.  Experts in biology, farm managements, and workers have been hired for the new facitlity. The center will research ares of global interest for the agriculture community, but it will also investigate issues specific to India, such … Read More