BASF, Monsanto Form Licensing Agreement

BASF and Monsanto Company have formed a joint licensing agreement to accelerate the development of dicamba-based weed control formulations for use with herbicide-resistant cropping systems. Researchers are currently able to make herbicide-resistant crops using plant biotechnology and advanced plant breeding. Crops resistant to both Roundup agricultural herbicides and dicamba represent the next generation of herbicide-resistant crops, and improved formulations of dicamba are being developed to complement this new combination.

Rimon Approved for Sap Beetle Control in Florida

The EPA has granted a specific exemption to allow the use of Rimon insecticide to control sap beetles on strawberries in the state of Florida. Rimon’s active ingredient, novaluron, controls larvae and acts as an ovicide on sap beetles for control in conjunction with products labeled for adults.

The use of the product, Rimon 0.83 EC Insecticide (EPA Reg. No. 66222-35-400), manufactured by Chemtura Corp., is allowed through December 31, 2009, under certain conditions and restrictions. It may be applied by ground equipment at a rate of 12 fluid ounces of product per acre, with a maximum of three applications per site per season. It may not be applied within 75 feet of bodies of water such as lakes, reservoirs, rivers, permanent streams, natural ponds or marshes. All applications must include a 25-foot vegetative buffer within the buffer zone to decrease runoff.

New Fungicide for California Growers

Valent U.S.A. Corporation has received registration from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation for Presidio fungicide in leafy vegetables, cucurbits, fruiting vegetables and grapes. Presidio targets downy mildew on vegetable and grape crops as well as late blight and root, crown and fruit rots on vegetable crops. It has no tank mix limitations with other fungicides or insecticides, and it can be shanked in soil, applied via sprinkler or used as a foliar treatment.  

Production Underway at Converted Organics’ New Facility

Converted Organics, Inc. has produced its first batch of organic granular fertilizer at its new Woodbridge, N.J., manufacturing facility, and is poised to fill orders from agricultural, retail, professional turf and municipal customers for the upcoming 2009 growing season. The company is using its proprietary high-temperature liquid composting process, a microbial digestion technology, to manufacture the organic fertilizer and soil amendment products. The composting process is used at both its Woodbridge plant and its manufacturing facility in Gonzales, Calif.

New Herbicidal Active Ingredient from Bayer

Bayer CropScience recently presented the biological and chemical properties of its new herbicidal active ingredient indaziflam for the first time at the 49th annual meeting of the Weed Science Society of America. Indaziflam is one of ten new active ingredients that the company is planning to launch between 2008 and 2012, and the company anticipates marketing the first products based on this active ingredient in 2011, assuming regulatory approval is granted.

Indaziflam belongs to the chemical class of alkylazines and controls a broad spectrum of weeds, including annual bluegrass, goosegrass, ryegrass and goosefoot. It can be used either pre or postemergence, has a low application rate, and can be used in fruit, vine, nut and citrus crops.  

FMC’s Hero EW Label Expanded

FMC Corp.’s Hero EW insecticide has received both an expanded label from the EPA and approval from California for use in a variety of fruit and vegetable crops to control a wide range of insects. The insecticide was initially approved in 2007 for use in corn to control a broad spectrum of insects, including bean leaf beetle, common stalk borer, Western bean cutworm, Japanese beetles and other mid to late-season pests. Additional uses include insect protection in the fruit and vegetable markets, such as eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, head lettuce, head and stem brassica and corn. Pests controlled include mites, lepidoptera, thrips, cutworms, armyworms, leafhoppers and loopers. When applied, Hero stops larval insect feeding before damage occurs.