New Seed Treatment for Cucurbits Approved
Syngenta Seed Care announced a new seed treatment insecticide for small-seeded vegetables has been approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for use on cucurbits. It will be available as a component of the FarMore Technology platform and will provide protection against early-season sucking and chewing insects, such as aphids, cucumber beetles, flea beetles, leafminers, whiteflies, wireworms and seedcorn maggots. More information may be found at
Fosphite Fungicide Label Unification
The United States Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Pesticide Regulations have both approved a new label for Fosphite Fungicide, manufactured by J.H. Biotech. The new label unifies the formerly separate labels and includes new container disposal information, postharvest usage rates on potatoes for pink rot and late blight control, rates for Sudden Oak Death disease and revised turf rates. More information may be found at

Jake Brodsgaard

Troy Bettner

MANA Additions and Promotions
MANA Crop Protection added Jake Brodsgaard to its national sales team as the company’s newest area business manager. Brodsgaard will serve parts of southern and eastern Texas.

Brodsgaard began working in Texas agriculture as a crop consultant while he attended Sam Houston State University and continued in his sales position with United Agri Products in 2000.

MANA has also promoted Troy Bettner to southern regional business manager. He previously served as the company’s product manager for fungicides.

Bettner joined MANA in 2005; he holds a degree in agricultural business management from California Polytechnic State University and an MBA from Purdue.


Monsanto Adds Chicoine to Board of Directors
Monsanto Co. announced the appointment of David L. Chicoine, Ph.D., to the company’s board of directors. Dr. Chicoine is currently president of South Dakota State University (SDSU).

Prior to joining SDSU in 2007, Dr. Chicoine held various positions with the University of Illinois. He served as head of the department of agricultural economics and dean of the college of agriculture, consumer and environmental sciences at the Urbana-Champaign campus.

Dr. Chicoine’s appointment is effective immediately, and he will stand for election to the board at the 2010 annual meeting of shareowners. Dr. Chicoine will serve on the following board committees: public policy and corporate responsibility, and science and technology.


Brent Byers

Andy King

New Faces at Cheminova
Brent Byers has joined Cheminova, Inc. as fungicide portfolio manager. Most recently, Byers was regional business unit manager for Timac Agro where he was involved in marketing and strategic planning for both the United States and Latin America. Prior to that, he was coordinator for the U.S. Hold Separate Group for Bayer CropScience and territory sales manager for Aventis Crop Science.

Byers is a graduate of North Carolina State University and holds a degree in agriculture business management.

Also, Andy King has been named area sales manager for Arkansas, Tennessee and the Missouri Bootheel. He previously worked with Bayer CropScience in various positions for 16 years.

King is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and holds a degree in agriculture business.


New Control for Peanut Diseases
SipcamAdvan introduces its new EchoEminent Fungicide Co-Pack for control of early leaf spot, late leaf spot, web blotch and rust in peanut products. The EchoEminent Fungicide Co-Pack combines a standard use ratio of the contact properties of Echo chlorothalonil and the systemic properties of Eminent tetraconazole in a dual-chambered container. One co-pack provides rainfast disease control for up to 10 acres of peanuts.

Gowan Launches Vida Herbicide
Gowan Co., LLC has launched Vida Herbicide under a marketing agreement with Nichino America, Inc. Vida contains the active ingredient pyraflufen-ethyl.

Effective immediately, Gowan will market Vida Herbicide in the Pacific Northwest, Northern Plains, Midwest and northeastern United States. Vida Herbicide is currently registered for use in burndown, postemergent corn, soybeans, wheat and potato desiccation segments. There is minimal soil residual with Vida Herbicide, allowing for favorable plant back intervals when used as a burndown treatment prior to planting.