Purdue University recently launched a new website to help with tough discussions surrounding the safety and efficacy of GMOs. You don’t have to be a geneticist or scientist to understand the new website called “The Science of GMOs.” The information is designed for those with limited or no scientific background.
“Our goal is to share this research-based information with the general public and to promote balanced, informed and responsible discussions regarding this technology,” says Jay Akridge, Purdue University dean of agriculture.
Navigate through seven common questions about GMOs and learn why science supports them at https://ag.purdue.edu/GMOs.
Syngenta Offers New Fungicide for a Variety of Crops
Farmers looking to control disease and fungus in row and specialty crops will soon have a new fungicide option in their arsenal. Miravis from Syngenta contains Adepidyn with carboxamide chemistry, which is currently pending approval from the Environmental Protection Agency.
The company says Miravis provides long-lasting disease control with activity against leaf spots, powdery mildew and control of fusarium, including fusarium head blight (scab) in cereal crops.
The fungicide’s formulation brand extensions for corn, soybeans, wheat, peanuts, potatoes and other crops will be announced this year.
For more information about Miravis, visit www.syngenta-us.com/p/adepidyn.
Pioneer Launches New Soybean Series
Farmers will have access to 54 new soybean varieties in Pioneer’s “A-Series” soybean lineup this year. The varieties used a new breeding technique Pioneer named “Accelerated Yield Technology (AYT) 4.0.”
The new varieties will be available from 000 to 7.0 maturities across North America. In addition, the company is offering several trait options such as Roundup Ready 2 Xtend, glyphosate tolerant, Plenish high oleic soybeans, LibertyLink, DuPont STS and conventional varieties.
“This soybean line is producing unprecedented step-change improvements in yields,” says Steve Reno, vice president, business director for U.S. and Canada.
AYT 4.0 technology is said to cut one year out of the breeding process by combining genetic markers and phenotyping to use predictive analysis that showcases genetic potential.
The successful genetics move forward and the ones that aren’t can be filtered out. Pioneer’s P31T11R was the first commercial variety developed using AYT 4.0. The company claims A-Series soybeans offer a 2.3 bu. per acre advantage from 10,000 comparisons at 400 locations.
Shareholders Approve Bayer/Monsanto Deal
On Dec. 13, 2016, Monsanto shareholders voted to approve Bayer’s proposed acquisition.
Under merger terms, Monsanto shareholders will receive $128 per share in cash upon closing. The merger agreement says Bayer will provide a $2 billion reverse termination fee to mitigate regulatory risk to Monsanto and shareholders.
In addition to agreeing to the merger, shareholders approved compensation on an advisory basis for Monsanto executive officers connected with the merger.
Shareholder approval means Monsanto and Bayer are one step closer to completing the merger by the end of 2017. The companies still need to finalize regulatory review processes, many of which are currently submitted and under review.