Sunday, April 20, 2014


March 4th, 2014


Innvictis Crop Care LLC has launched its Revise seed treatment system for the 2014 planting season. With state-of-the-art formulations and custom blending equipment, Innvictis provides retailers with high-quality, precision-blended seed treatment packages that can be customized to local needs and requirements. “We invested in a custom blending unit that allows us to offer retailers across the United States a menu of seed care options,” says Jason Mize, seed care manager for Innvictis Crop Care. “We are able to offer precise blends of an assortment of options including fungicides, insecticides, nutritional aids, plant growth regulators and hormones that growers might want to use. We can create these customized blends and deliver them to seed treatment service providers in top-of-the-line packaging. By investing in this capability, we can provide a valuable service to retailers looking for greater flexibility.” 


DuPont Pioneer announced the launch of Encirca services, a suite of whole-farm decision services to help improve farmer productivity and profitability. “There is enormous potential for these services to help improve productivity for North American corn and soybean farmers,” says James Borel, DuPont executive vice president. Farmers will have the option of signing up for a free mobile-enabled information platform that organizes crop observations and provides access to Pioneer expert advisors; or they can opt for a premium, fee-based program that includes market news and analysis, grain trading capabilities and field-specific weather forecasts. DuPont Pioneer will also release Encirca Yield this year — a fee-based offering to help assess, plan and analyze critical inputs, such as seed, nitrogen and water, for improved placement and management. Other services will be rolled out under the Encirca services brand in 2015 and beyond. 


The European Parliament urges the European Commission to boost investments in European Union plant breeding research. The EP recently adopted a report from the agriculture committee highlighting the importance of having an effective and competitive EU plant breeding industry, and calls on the EC to create a coherent and long-term framework for plant breeding research. The report highlights the need for higher-yielding varieties, and for plant breeding research to focus on developing crops with improved resilience to new disease challenges. It also calls for more effective partnerships between government, the research base and industry in key areas, such as pre-breeding, and maintaining plant genetic resources. “The report recognizes the need for consistent, long-term research funding to reflect the timescales involved in developing a new variety,” says Richard Summers, chairman of the British Society of Plant Breeders. “It also makes the case for increased public sector investment in the fundamental pre-breeding and research needed to ensure advances in basic plant science transfer into improved varieties, traits and breeding tools.”


Diseases that are common in managed honeybee colonies are now widespread in the United Kingdom’s wild bumblebees, according to research by Royal Holloway at the University of London. The study, published in the journal Nature suggests that some diseases are driven into wild bumblebee populations from managed honeybees. Collaborating with Queen’s University Belfast, Rothamsted Research and the University of Exeter, Matthias Fürst and Mark Brown from the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway, say the research provides vital information for beekeepers across the world to ensure honeybee management supports wild bee populations. “Wild and managed bees are in decline,” says Fürst. “Given their central role in pollinating wildflowers and crops, it is essential we understand what lies behind these declines. Our results suggest that emerging diseases, spread from managed bees, might be an important cause of wild bee decline.” 


Upon successful completion of the 2013 North American agricultural monitoring program, BlackBridge launched its agriculture solutions in the United Kingdom and South America, and new regions will follow later this year, including North America where the program is expected to start in May. The new imagery service will help extract accurate and timely information on crop variables. Subscribers will have fast and easy access to imagery collected every day through the Internet. Additionally, archived imagery from past seasons is available. “The concepts for these programs were developed in response to customer requests for more imagery and timely access,” says Karsten Frotscher, BlackBridge product manager. “The programs offer a cost-effective solution to accessing imagery acquired over large agricultural areas. We believe this is the type of program the market has been longing to see for many years.”


Bayer CropScience announced that the company’s new seed lubricant, Fluency Agent, is available for use by growers in the United States. Fluency Agent is a seed lubricant for corn and soybean seeds, which is designed to replace standard talc and graphite seed lubricants. As an alternative, the new Bayer Fluency Agent — made of a polyethylene wax substrate — was shown to significantly decrease dust and emissions during laboratory testing. In tests, the product was shown to help reduce the amount of total dust released in treated seeds by 90 percent versus talc and 60 percent versus graphite, thus reducing the potential risk of exposure to pollinators if they come in direct contact with the dust during the planting process. 


The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has extended the comment period on a recent draft environmental impact statement until March 11. The DEIS evaluates the potential environmental impacts of one corn and two soybean herbicide-tolerant varieties developed by Dow AgroSciences. According to APHIS, the extension is in response to stakeholder requests.


Bayer CropScience has an application pending with the United States Environmental Protection Agency for the registration of ILeVO seed treatment. If approved, ILeVO would be the first product to provide soybean seedlings protection from the soil-borne pathogen Fusarium virguliforme — the fungus that causes sudden death syndrome. During research and field trials, ILeVO seed treatment protected soybeans from early-season infection and reduced late-season leaf chlorosis and necrosis that leads to leaf, flower and pod abortion. The active ingredient in ILeVO is systemic and moves from the seed into the tissue of both the stem and roots of soybean seedlings. This distribution method is critical to the success of ILeVO for SDS control. Bayer anticipates EPA registration for ILeVO by the end of 2014. If registered this year, Bayer expects ILeVO will be available for the 2015 growing season.


Due to an overwhelming request from seed companies around the world, Seed World magazine is excited to announce the first and only International Seed Varieties Directory, which will debut at the International Seed Federation’s World Seed Congress 2014 in Beijing, China. The International Seed Varieties Directory will provide seed companies a new venue and engaged audience for seed variety promotion. The directory will be published in print as a handout and as a digital flip book that can be downloaded. The directory will be delivered to all ISF World Seed Congress 2014 delegates. To secure a listing in the directory, please register before Monday, April 7, space is limited.



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