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U.S. pesticide makers seek answers as bee losses sting agriculture

Posted by Ushas Published on Tue, 2013-05-21 15:26
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Monsanto Co is hosting a "Bee Summit." Bayer AG is breaking ground on a "Bee Care Center." And Syngenta AG is funding grants for research into the accelerating demise of honeybees in the United States, where the insects pollinate fruits and vegetables that make up roughly a quarter of the American diet.

Seed treatments for 2013 offer several changes and some new products

Posted by Ushas Published on Fri, 2013-05-17 13:10
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Seed treatments have taken a step forward this year with the addition of new fungicide Group 7 products. 


The new products, along with expanded labels, mean producers have new options for controlling soil borne pests and early season insects.


Syngenta and DuPont agree on technology exchange to launch new fungicide solutions

Posted by Ushas Published on Tue, 2013-05-14 15:22
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Syngenta and DuPont today announced technology licensing agreements that will broaden each company’s crop protection product portfolio and enable both to bring new products to market more efficiently.

RNA interference technology could be farming’s next big thing

Posted by Ushas Published on Tue, 2013-05-07 12:22
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RNA interference technology could be tailored to kill a specific pest while beneficial insects are unaffected. | Michelle Houlden illustration

Monsanto’s chief technology officer hinted in a quarterly earnings call with financial analysts in January that the company might be onto something big.

Pesticide ban will not affect treated seed supplies

Posted by Ushas Published on Fri, 2013-05-03 16:58
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Growers have been reassured that enough neonicotinoid treated seed will be made available this autumn despite a looming ban.

From 1 December this year, the EU will suspend the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides - imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam - for use on crops attractive to bees, including oilseed rape and maize.

Bayer, Syngenta Feel Heat as U.K. Grocers Review Insecticides

Posted by Ushas Published on Fri, 2013-04-19 14:51
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Bayer AG (BAYN) and Syngenta AG (SYNN) face more pressure over crop chemicals suspected in bee-deaths as retailers including J Sainsbury Plc (SBRY), the U.K.’s third largest supermarket chain, said they’re looking into the matter.