FMC to Introduce Lucento Fungicide
Pending EPA registration, FMC will offer Lucento fungicide for use in corn, soybeans, wheat, peanuts and sugar beets for the 2019 season. The new fungicide is a combination of flutriafol and bixafen active ingredients.
In corn, the fungicide has efficacy against northern corn leaf blight, gray leaf spot and southern rust. In soybeans, it is active against strobilurin-resistant frogeye leaf spot, Asian soybean rust, cercospora leaf blight and septoria brown spot. Wheat is protected from powdery mildew and rust; and in peanuts, it guards against leaf spot and white mold.
Lucento’s active ingredients represent Group 3 and Group 7 fungicide classes. The company is encouraging farmers to practice resistance management strategies, such as multiple modes of action, to ensure long-term defense against pathogens. Learn more at fmccrop.com.
Coating Aids Spread of Cover Crop Seed
John Cobb has been in ag retail for 25 years, and when his customers started using cover crops, he noticed the biggest obstacle was seeding. When applying fertilizer and cover crop seed in one pass, the equipment struggled to provide a uniform spread.
To resolve the issue, he developed H&H Heavy Cover Crops. The patent-pending coating allows grass, radish and clover seed to be spread with the same uniformity as fertilizer, he says. It can be used for interseeding or fall seeding—with or without incorporation.
For more information, visit www.heavycovercrop.com.
New Leadership for Corteva
As part of the integration process, Corteva Agriscience, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, announced changes to its leadership.
“It starts with our commitment to putting growers and producer customers at the center of everything we do,” says James Collins, newly announced CEO of Corteva Agriscience. These changes are necessary as it nears spin-off from DowDuPont, slated for June 1, 2019.
“With each of these business units, North America for instance, [Corteva] is putting strong leaders in place [to] look over these growers [who will] notice speed and agility, a real connectivity to the marketplace and a very decentralized organization so that decision making is at the optimal place—with the Corteva employee calling on growers,” Collins says.
The new structure means businesses, and those representing those businesses, within Corteva Agriscience will be reporting to Collins. Rajan Gajaria will serve as executive vice president of the business platform; Timm Glenn will serve as executive vice president, chief operating officer; Greg Friedman will be the executive vice president, chief financial officer; and Cornel Fuerer is assigned as senior vice president, general counsel.
Historical Marker Honors DeKalb
The DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association, in conjunction with the Illinois State Historical Society, recognized the DeKalb Agricultural Association with a historical landmark. DeKalb was founded in 1912. Seed research began in 1917 and evolved quickly. By 1940, it was the biggest corn genetic research engine worldwide. With its purchase of Monsanto, Bayer now owns the historic DeKalb brand.
The former DeKalb Agricultural Association building is used by Northern Illinois University to host classes, literacy projects and other community outreach efforts.
BASF’s Inscalis Gets Green Light
A new insecticide from BASF, Inscalis, has received EPA registration to control piercing-sucking insects in soybeans, cotton and other crops.
“Inscalis insecticide is a new active ingredient with a unique mode of action that provides effective control of aphids, whiteflies and certain psyllids,” says Christa Kirk, BASF technical market manager, in a press release. “Once these insects infiltrate a field, they can cause costly damage to the quality and yield of a crop. Farmers can choose from several Inscalis formulations as part of their resistance and integrated pest management plans, giving them more operational control over their crops.”
According to BASF, the new formulation works by moving through the leaf to control pests that might be living on the underside of leaves. Inscalis provides fast onset of action, which causes insect feeding to quickly stop, limiting the spread of damage and transmission of viral pathogens.
According to BASF, Inscalis insecticide has low toxicity to beneficial insects. For more information, visit www.agriculture.basf.com.
Glyphosate Ban Lifted in Brazil
Farmers in Brazil were nearly dealt a lethal blow when a judge banned glyphosate on the eve of planting. However, that decision was recently overturned, granting the country continued use of the popular weed killer.
The ban came on Aug. 3, 2018, when a substitute judge said the product could not be used until more toxicology studies were completed. Brazilian farmers face resistance and hard-to-control weeds and losing this burndown technology could have led to economic harm.
In early September, a Brazilian court ruled in favor of an option provided by the federal government to overturn the injunction before it took effect. This ensured Brazilian farmers uninterrupted use of glyphosate products. Bayer, which now owns glyphosate as a result of the Monsanto acquisition, says the decision is beneficial for Brazilian farmers.
Paid-In-Full Cover Crop Program Available
Stine Seed and Peoples Company are partnering to offer landowners a paid-in-full, managed cover crop program. Their goal is to demonstrate to landowners it’s possible to protect environmentally sensitive areas, maximize yield on productive acres and improve return on investment.
“I’ve always believed that since a significant amount of land is rented, an effective strategy to reduce environmental impact and maximize yields should be targeted at landowners,” says Steve Bruere, Peoples Company president. The program is named the Sustainability Cover Crop Initiative and is available to landowners in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska for a three-year term. To participate in the program, valued at up to $30 per acre, landowners must agree to have their land managed by Peoples Company during the three-year term and commit to planting Stine Seed.
The program starts in 2019. It’s a 120-acre minimum, 500-acre maximum with cover crop seed and application decisions made by land management professionals. For more information, visit covercropprogram.com.
New Owners for Munson Hybrids
Consolidation continues in the seed industry. Companies Cornelius Seed and Legend Seeds announced their acquisition of Munson Hybrids.
Cornelius Seed will acquire the retail sales rights of Munson Hybrids in Illinois and southern Wisconsin and Legend Seeds will gain sales rights in central Wisconsin. However, the Galesburg, Ill., production facilities will continue to operate independently under the oversight of current owners John and Holly Hennenfent.
Financial arrangements of the deal were not disclosed. Munson Hybrids was founded in 1934 by Carl Munson and purchased by the Hennenfents in 1999. Legend Seeds recently switched to an employee-owned business.