Fungicide Approved for Almonds

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has granted Section 18 emergency exemption approval of Syngenta Crop Protection’s Inspire fungicide for use on Alternaria in almond orchards. The fungicide, with the active ingredient difenoconazole, was specifically developed as a control for Alternaria. Though new to this market in the United States, difenoconazole has been used for more than two decades in 96 other countries on over 100 crops to help produce high-quality crops and yields. It is considered one of the most powerful triazole fungicides available. California almond growers affected by the Section 18 should contact their local retailer or Syngenta representative for use rates, application timing and other product information.

Hend Joins Exosect

Exosect has appointed Robert Hend to the position of regulatory affairs manager within the company’s research and development team. Hend’s responsibilities will include the effective management and compilation of regulatory dossiers as well as the production of robust study summaries and appropriate risk assessments. He will also continue the company’s development of relationships with regulatory personnel within the ranks of suppliers, external contractors and competent authorities. Prior to his appointment, Hend was regulatory affairs manager for a range of insecticides and fungicides at Syngenta. He has over 20 years experience in the agrochemical and specialty chemicals sectors.

New Director at Nutrients for Life

The Nutrients for Life Foundation board of directors has selected Harriet E. Wegmeyer to serve as its first full-time executive director. The foundation, formed in 2004, strives to accurately inform policy makers, the press and the public about fertilizer and modern agriculture. Wegmeyer had served as the director of communications at The Fertilizer Institute since 2002. Prior to that, she was employed at the U.S. Apple Association and Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative.

Deere Acquires T-Systems Int’l

Deere & Company has completed the acquisition of T-Systems International, Inc. to expand the company’s growing John Deere Water Technologies operation, formed in 2006. Established in 1977, T-Systems International manufactures and sells products for agricultural, nursery, landscape, mining and greenhouse applications, with headquarters in San Diego, Calif., and manufacturing facilities in Australia, France and the United States. John Deere Water Technologies is a manufacturer of high-performance plastic micro and drip irrigation products for the agricultural, nursery, landscape and greenhouse markets headquartered in San Marcos, Calif.

New Field Trial Photos, Video Available

Cravo Equipment has updated its Web site with the results of a study comparing plants grown in an open field, conventional nethouse and retractable roof greenhouse. The study was conducted in Culiacan, Mexico at INIFAP, the local University research station where seed companies conduct varietal demonstrations. Visit to view comparative photos and videos that show differences in plant development, soil temperatures and more.

ACI Receives ADDYAward

The Advertising Federation of Fargo-Moorhead, N.D. recognized Agri-Cover, Inc. (ACI) with a Silver ADDY Award in the audio/visual sales promotion category. The award was for the company’s ACCESS Roll-Up Cover promotional product video. ACI worked with Sundog of Fargo, N.D. to create and produce the video, which has been broadcasted regionally and nationally, as well as online. ACI Marketing Manager, Joy Hanson, accepted the award on behalf of the company’s marketing department.

Limagrain Restructures Seed Operations

Limagrain has unveiled a new structure for its vegetable seed operations. As part of this new structure, Harris Moran will develop close operational links with Clause and Marco Polo. The goal is for the three companies to align their global operations around an enlarged and fully consolidated research and development effort. Harris Moran, with headquarters in Modesto, Calif., will be the operational hub for the America-Pacific region, encompassing North and South America as well as Australia and New Zealand. Subsidiaries in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand will be part of this scope. Clause, headquartered in Valence, France, will be servicing Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The organization in Asia will be announced at a later date. The region-based approach is designed to increase customer focus at all levels of operations.

Petersen Named President, CEO of Cheminova

Martin Petersen has joined Cheminova, Inc. as president and CEO of Cheminova, Inc. and as president of the region that includes the Unites States, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. As head of one of the four regions that Cheminova established in January 2008, Petersen is also a member of the company’s global executive committee. He has held management positions in Bayer, American Cyanamid and with the Gowan Company.

Celery Patents Protected With DNA Technology

Duda Farm Fresh Foods has been granted two additional patents for new commercial celery varieties. The new varieties, ADS-11 and ADS-2, come from more than 1,200 lines developed for company trials each year. To protect its proprietary celery varieties, the company has adopted DNA ‘fingerprinting’ technology that allows it to identify its varieties on the grocery store shelf, rather than testing the seed.

Gehl Breaks Ground

Gehl Company has broken ground for its new corporate headquarters in West Bend, Wisc. The $20 million corporate expansion project includes a two-story corporate office and a 70,000-square-foot research and development building that will be used to design equipment, test equipment for performance and durability, and validate new equipment designs. The research and design center will be completed in October of 2008, and the corporate offices are set for completion in July of 2009.

Ag Leader and Holland Scientific Team Up

Ag Leader Technology has become the exclusive distributor for Holland Scientific’s second-generation active light reflectance sensor products. The sensors, used to detect the health or stress of growing crops, are a developing technology in precision agriculture. Ag Leader will promote, sell, integrate and support the products to growers, service providers, system integrators and original equipment manufacturers globally. Distribution by Ag Leader is expected to start in 2009.

AAW Promotes Provider Pals

American Agri-Women (AAW) has partnered with Provider Pals founder Bruce Vincent to help promote the Provider Pals’ new Web site for children, Provider World. On the new site, children can explore farming and other natural resource-based occupations, through games and activities. It is an extension of the main Provider Pals program in which classrooms adopt a logger, fisherman, miner, farmer or rancher as their very own for a year. The children receive videos, letters, photo albums and e-mails from their provider, and once a year he or she visits the school to talk and answer questions. The program got off the ground in 1997 and has since expanded to include over 300 classrooms in 20 cities across the nation and Canada, addressing the question, “Where does my stuff come from?”