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Rasi Seeds buys Bayer’s hybrid corn seed business

Posted by Ushas Published on Sat, 2013-05-25 15:45
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Rasi Seeds Pvt Ltd has acquired the hybrid corn seed business of Bayer BioScience in India for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition will immediately help Rasi double its share in the fast growing Indian hybrid corn seed market, estimated at close to Rs 1,000 crore annually.

Metabolism and Environmental Degradation Studies Come Under Scrutiny at New International Conference

Posted by Ushas Published on Fri, 2013-05-24 10:36
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Smithers Viscient's inaugural conference Advances in Metabolism & Environmental Degradation Science will put the spotlight on current practice in the metabolism and degradation studies that form the basis of almost every pesticide registration data package filed today.

Seed growers meet on Kaua‘i

Posted by Ushas Published on Thu, 2013-05-23 11:34
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For the first time in its 42-year history, the Hawai‘i Crop Improvement Association will hold its annual meeting on Kaua‘i.

The HCIA is comprised of five member companies — Syngenta, BASF, DOW, Pioneer and Monsanto. Today’s conference at the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort and Beach Club in Lihu‘e is not open to the public.

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.