New Walnut Blight Data for Regalia Biofungicide
New field trial data demonstrates that Regalia Biofungicide from Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) is effective at controlling walnut blight (Xanthomonas campestris), the number one pathogen in walnut production.

Independent field trials in San Joaquin County in 2009 showed that treating with Regalia plus a copper fungicide resulted in less than 1 percent walnut blight while there was 25 percent blight in untreated plots.

Regalia received California DPR registration in January.

Copper-resistant strains of walnut blight are known to exist in orchards in the Sacramento Valley and San Joaquin Valley.

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Bishop Joins Cheminova
Mark Bishop has joined Cheminova, Inc. as the company’s vice president of United States sales. Bishop has held various management positions with Zeneca, Rhone Poulenc, Aventis and Bayer CropScience. Most recently, Bishop was vice president of sales for Makhteshim Agan of North America, Inc. (MANA).

A Nebraska native, Bishop holds an agriculture business degree from Iowa State University. Bishop and his family will continue to reside in the Raleigh, N.C., area.

Arysta LifeScience Receives Approval of Expanded Fungicide Label
Arysta LifeScience North America announces the expansion of the EVITO 480 SC Fungicide label to include corn, soybeans and strawberries. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the expansion of the label, which originally included only fruiting vegetables, peanuts and potatoes.

EVITO is a low-use strobilurin fungicide and includes Xylem-Pro Technology, which allows the fungicide to begin protecting the plant as soon as 15 minutes after treatment.

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Changes at Chemtura AgroSolutions
Chemtura AgroSolutions announces its new identity, structure and initiatives. Formerly known as Chemtura Crop Protection, the company was renamed to reflect its long-term strategy, initiatives and investments. With new headquarters in Lawrenceville, Ga., the company also looks forward to the opening of its state-of-the-art Technology Development Center within the next 12 months.

Chemtura AgroSolutions is also announcing the formation of a team dedicated exclusively to uncovering industrial sales growth opportunities, called the Actives Division.

MANA Hires Hobson
Makhteshim Agan of North America, Inc. (MANA) announces that John Hobson has joined the U.S. agricultural team in the position of national accounts manager.

Hobson came to the United States in 1993 from England, starting his career in the food distribution industry. Hobson helped to manage crop protection product procurement for Simplot Grower Solutions previous to joining MANA. He will be based in Boise, Idaho, and will work with the nation’s major agrichemical suppliers and their distributors.

Hobson has an MBA from Northwest Nazarene University and a bachelor’s degree from Sheffield Hallam University.


New Guard at the Weed Gate
The Sunshine Paper Co. has developed WeedGuardPlus, a 100-percent biodegradable paper mulch that decomposes at the end of the season and eliminates weeds, reduces erosion, moderates soil temperatures and can be worked into the soil after the growing season.

WeedGuardPlus is an all-natural, OMRI-approved material made from natural cellulose fibers. WeedGuardPlus is available in OMRI-approved Natural-Organic Formula and a unique range of enhanced formulations, including 5-5-5 (conventional fertilizer) enriched , humic acid fortified and pre-slit and prepunched.

WeedGuardPlus is available in a variety of formats to fit any plant growing situation, from small rolls and individual sheets to larger rolls for commercial growers.

Natural Forces Announces New Family of Biopesticides

Natural Forces introduces three new additions to its biopesticide product line: Bugitol, Nemitol and Dazitol. All three are formulated as insecticide/miticide/molluscicide/fungicide and repellent options for foliar, soil and soil mix applications. The concentrated products contain essential oil of mustard for fast knockdown, while the capsaicin gives added residual control and repellency.

Use sites range from field crops, greenhouse, fruits and berries ornamentals and turfgrass. Bugitol, Nemitol and Dazitol are registered with the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) as Approved for Organic Farming and Gardening.