With farmer and regulator eyes turned toward the two companies, Bayer and Monsanto technology leads on Thursday repeated their confidence the merger will close by the end of 2017. The companies need approval from regulatory authorities in 30 countries.
“We’ve submitted information to 20 and everything is on track,” said Adrian Percy, head of research and development at Bayer CropScience during a press conference at Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas.
Farmers faced with a fungicide, herbicide or insecticide application have more than one option – particularly as more and more generic inputs enter the market. They typically cost less than their name brand counterparts. But are they really a better deal?
They certainly appear to be, especially in light of a new Pulse poll from Farm Journal media. When asked their preference, a slight majority (56%) say they tend to favor generic pesticides over their brand-name counterparts.
By Linda Geist, University of Missouri Extension
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.
To date, several dozen states have the green light from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use of the new dicamba formulations, BASF Engenia and Monsanto XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology. Monsanto has also licensed its product to DuPont, which is marketing it as FeXapan with VaporGrip.
Farmers from 10 states are eligible to join a potential class action against Monsanto from dicamba drift damage. States include Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
“They are among the hundreds of farmers throughout the nation who have been victimized by Monsanto’s defective Xtend seed system and its purchasers’ inevitable use of dicamba, a drift-prone herbicide that has wiped out hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland in the U.S.,” the class action complaint states.
High costs, regulatory hurdles and eventual resistance make new discoveries daunting
As 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.
Now is the time to get a leg-up on weeds. This means strategically planing your control measures with best management practices to outsmart resistant weeds.
Weeds steal around $4 billion from farmers each year. Management costs are one of your biggest variable expenses, so it pays to be smart. Learn to differentiate myth and fact on weeds and herbicides.
You or your neighbors could be unknowingly planting Palmer amaranth anywhere Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) mixes are grown or pollinator mixes are established. Palmer amaranth seed in CRP planting mixes have been identified in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio. It could be in CRP mixes in other states, too, just not identified yet.
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