Crop Tech - January 2018

January 12, 2018 10:18 AM
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Koch Licenses Yield-Enhancing Tech

Koch Biologicals Solutions now has exclusive rights to Asilomar Bio’s yield enhancement technology. The product can be used in foliar, in furrow and in other modes of application on major row crops.

The technology is patent-pending and uses a new class of active ingredient, representing a new mode of action to improve yields, according to Koch. Asilomar tested it in a development platform and in the field and it was recently approved by EPA.

“We are always seeking new ways to bring customer-driven solutions to the market whether that’s through the development of our own products or through collaborations with innovators,” says Bill Boycott, biologicals business leader for Koch. “We are excited about the novel technology developed by Asilomar, and we look forward to providing science-based solutions to the problems growers face every day.”

AMVAC Gains ReTurn XL

AMVAC Chemical Corporation entered an exclusive agreement with Rotam North America for ReTurn XL 42% insecticide/nematicide.
ReTurn XL is an oxamyl-based, broad-spectrum crop protection product to manage nematodes and sucking and chewing insects in cotton, peanuts, potatoes and tobacco. It features two-way (foliar and systemic) activity that provides above- and below-ground protection.

“We will be working directly with distributors and retailers to ensure that the product gets into the hands of the grower in 2018,” says Peter Eilers, AMVAC president of business development and marketing.

FBN Launches Online Shopping

Farmers Business Network (FBN) has launched an e-commerce platform for input research, pricing and purchasing. FBN members have access to this tool as part of FBN Direct, which says it negotiates directly with manufacturers and suppliers.

The site includes thousands of products spanning herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, adjuvants, seeds and fertilizers. Pricing information includes a range paid by members. Full product labels and a product comparison tool based on active ingredient are also available.

DuPont Collaborates with Sumitomo Chemical for Seed Treatments

Sumitomo Chemical Company, parent company of Valent, recently entered an agreement with DuPont Crop Protection, a business unit of DowDuPont Agriculture Division, for the development, registration and commercialization of seed treatment technology globally.

The pair entered this agreement to speed up development and commercialization of seed-applied technology products. The deal combines the conventional chemical and biological pipeline of Sumitomo with the seed technology, development and commercialization ability of DuPont. The companies say working together will allow them to identify and evaluate technology earlier to make commercialization decisions and investments sooner than if they were still separate.

“We typically share products with other companies two to four years before commercialization,” says Trey Soud, Valent director of row crop marketing. “This brings [potential products] together earlier and the end goal is commercializing products that might not have been found if it weren’t for early collaboration.”

The companies previously worked together on a corn fungicide called Intego. This collaboration formalizes and grants the companies access to each other’s technology earlier in the development process than in the past.

“Two to three years would be a reasonable timeline because we can look at new products earlier and jointly develop them earlier,” says Mick Messman, DuPont director of global seed applied technology. For products not yet registered we would need to wait for that registration, which would add time, he adds.

“Once regulatory happens we can launch products at a larger scale,” Messman says.

The companies will focus on the North America region, but maintain the potential to market globally.

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