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March 5, 2016 02:26 AM
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FMC Launches Capture LFR Insecticide with VGR Soil Amendment

To control insects, increase water efficiency and enhance nutrient availability, FMC is now offering Capture LFR insecticide with VGR soil amendment, an in-furrow soil application for corn.

Capture LFR controls seed and seedling pests, such as wireworms, cutworms, grubs, armyworms, seedcorn maggots and common stalk borers. At full rate, 17 oz. per acre, it controls corn rootworms. Depending on target pest and row spacing, it can be used from 3.4 oz. to 17 oz. per acre.

VGR soil amendment uses naturally occurring bacteria Bacillus licheniformis to boost plant efficiency. The bacteria help solubilize phosphorus and create bigger root systems that take up water and nutrients better.

FMC says Capture LFR plus VGR soil amendment outyielded untreated corn by an average of 9.1 bu. per acre based on more than two years of on-farm trials. Three-quarters of the time, the combination outyielded Capture LFR alone. The duo will be available for the 2016 season in 28 states.

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Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Finally Receives Chinese Approval 

After more than a decade of research and development, Monsanto Company’s Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans have been approved by China for import and use starting this season.

Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans have traits tolerant to glyphosate and dicamba herbicides. However, the use of dicamba over the top of Xtend soybeans is still in the late stages of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) review and is not currently approved. Upon approval, the Roundup Ready Xtend cropping system, which includes Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton, will give farmers another weed management tool.

“Pending dicamba approval, growers will continue to maximize yield opportunity through weed management recommendations and incentives provided by Roundup Ready Plus crop management solutions,” says Miriam Paris, Monsanto’s U.S. soybean marketing manager.

The technology will be available in Monsanto’s Asgrow, Channel, regional brands and Corn States licensees (licensed to more than 100 seed brands). The company anticipates more than 70 soybean products spanning eight maturity groups will be available for 2016.

AgriGold Will Offer Soybeans in 2017

Corn and soybeans? AgriGold is shaking things up by adding soybeans to their 2017 lineup.

“The first year will be a limited launch,” says John Kermicle, general manager at AgriGold. “We will have minimum order quantities. The main goal in year one is to get it right.”

The soybeans will be available anywhere AgriGold corn is sold, but farmers will only have 18 varieties to choose from. Product mix will range from a 1.7 to 5.4 maturities with the heaviest options in the mid-three maturity range, says Mike Kavanaugh, agronomy manager at AgriGold. 

What traits and genetics will they offer? The company hasn’t signed on with anyone yet in order to wait and see what technologies get approved, Kavanaugh adds. 

He says they favor newer products, such as Enlist, Balance GT or Xtend soybeans, rather than Roundup Ready 2 or LibertyLink.

AgriGold plans to have a limited number of testing fields this season to train their corn specialists on the key features and agronomics of the new soybeans.

“Our people will still be corn specialists, but customers want options,” Kermicle says. “You can start ordering the new soybeans July 18, 2016.” 

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AgReliant Offers a Precision Ag Platform for 2016

For the 2016 season, AgReliant Genetics is launching Advantage Acre. The web-based app includes technology that brings together seed, soil and weather analytics.

“The Advantage Acre platform was designed to maximize the genetic potential of our seed and provide an innovative user interface for our customers,” says Bryan Brochin, vice president of marketing and business development, AgReliant Genetics.

The platform combines AgReliant’s seed expertise, soil mapping from Agsoil Analytics, a Purdue-affiliated company, and weather forecasting from Weather Trends 360.

The company partnered with Spensa Technologies in 2014 to develop the precision platform. The initial launch will be in beta until July. After that point, AgReliant will offer a larger suite of technology. Sign up and pricing information can be found at



Weed Control Becomes More Challenging as PPO Inhibitor Resistance is on the Rise


As you make plans for the 2016 growing season make sure you have an effective mix of herbicides. In June 2015, the first protoporphyrinogen oxidase (PPO) inhibitor, group 14, failure was reported in Mississippi when a sample of palmer amaranth was tested at a research and Extension center in Stoneville and found to be resistant. PPO-resistant palmer amaranth has been confirmed in Arkansas and Tennessee as well.

Many farmers have switched to PPO herbicides or other alternatives to combat a growing number of glyphosate-resistant weeds across the U.S. in the past five to eight years. The issue with switching to a new herbicide group, such as PPO inhibitors, is the tendency to overuse it, which accelerates potential weed resistance.

Some common PPO herbicides include Aim, Cobra, fomesafen (reflex, Flexstar), Sharpen, sulfentrazone (active ingredient in Sonic and Authority lines of herbicides), Ultra Blazer and Valor SX. 

Bionematicide Said to Protect Crops

Nematodes cause about $80 billion each year in crop damages globally. Marrone Bio Innovations hopes to help put some of that money back in farmers’ pockets with their bionematicide. Majestene can be applied to corn, soybeans, cotton, fruits and vegetables. The product is said to protect crops from root knot, cyst, sting and lance nematodes by reducing or stopping eggs from hatching, preventing root galling and lowering population density. 

Majestene is registered in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. The product has a minimum four-hour re-entry interval for farmworkers and is nontoxic to fish, birds and most beneficial insects.
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