2007: Ingrained In Corn

Creating the annual list of key issues and events has been quite a challenge this year. At first glance, corn seems to be sitting alone at the top in all its golden glory, with everything else in a small heap at its feet. Did anything happen this year that didn’t have ties to corn?

Well, sure. True, corn and ethanol permeated many facets of your business, but many old favorites stayed the course. Let’s take a quick look at this year’s key topics, which include ethanol and aerial, rust and resistance, biotech and plant health.

Infused With Energy

Increased fuel and feed demands along with expected higher market prices spurred the planting of more corn acres — nearly 93 million acres, the highest since 1944. Many growers ditched soybeans, cotton, and wheat in favor of corn; state corn records were set in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and North Dakota, while Iowa continued to lead the nation in total corn acres.

As we expected, the corn craze impacted much of your business as growers were willing to spend more money — from input sales to scouting to custom application. Looking to make their stands stronger, a surprising number of growers opted to utilize fungicide as a preventive product, a practice common in some other field crops but new in corn, adding even more dollars to your coffers.

All that corn acreage also posed the new challenge of getting all the herbicide and insecticide application done, especially on taller corn, while not neglecting the soybean crop. To the rescue came the aerial applicators, many of whom traveled from the South and Northeast to spray Midwest corn fields. Because corn spraying occurred during a lull in the flyers’ regular schedules, the tag-team effort with Midwest dealerships worked well; expect more of the same in 2008.

Biotech Boost

It was the year of the triple deckers — in both seed traits and stacks, as NC+ Hybrids, Monsanto, and DuPont’s Pioneer Hi-Bred brought out new products. There was also the first Quad-Stack hybrid from Dow AgroSciences’ Mycogen Seeds. Dow AgroSciences and Monsanto reached a cross-licensing agreement to launch SmartStax, the first eight-gene stacked combination in corn. Syngenta’s Garst Seed beefed up its ExtraEdge corn hybrids to 20; they exhibit characteristics suitable for dry grind ethanol production. Also, DuPont completed regulatory submissions for its an Optimum GAT trait in corn, staying on track for the anticipated 2010 launch.

There were plenty of other deals, too, including BASF/Monsanto collaborations to develop higher yielding stress-tolerant crops and research soybean cyst nematode controls. Monsanto also struck a series of agreements with Bayer CropScience AG involving the LibertyLink and Roundup Ready technologies.

Shared Resources

The biggest news in the crop protection sector, besides the boom in fungicide use, was manufacturers joining forces and sharing resources in an effort to develop better chemistries. For example, FMC and Dow AgroSciences are supplying each other with certain active ingredients (a.i.s) to create a soybean herbicide premix for glyphosate-resistant or -tolerant weeds. FMC’s first herbicide resulting from the agreement, Authority First DF, is already in the market. Shortly after that, FMC Corp. also reached several multi-year a.i. deals with BASF to supply new crop protection products for the U.S. corn and soybean markets. BASF and Monsanto will co-promote the use of BASF’s Headline fungicides in seed trait systems, and Syngenta and Pioneer agreed to co-promote several key crop protection products and corn/soybean seed in 2008.

The need for new modes of action is emphasized by the growing amount of weeds becoming resistant or tolerant of some of the most popular products. Giant ragweed was the weed to watch in soybeans and corn in 2007, while tall waterhemp was a concern as more growers switched to continuous corn.

Rusty Business

If you recall the deal when the original Section 18 emergency exemptions were granted for fungicides to battle Asian soybean rust, manufacturers agreed to submit the products for full Section 3 registration within a designated time frame. That time is now upon them, and some products have already been approved for Section 3 use against soybean rust.

Following the pattern of past years, rust stayed in the South for much of the season, but did begin its move northward a little earlier this year, ending up in 19 states. Confirming rust for the first time were Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska.

Happy Anniversaries

In 2007, KALO, Inc. celebrated its 75th anniversary, as did CropLife’s parent company, Meister Media Worldwide. Helena Chemical turned golden.

Celebrating its silver anniversary was Becker Underwood Co., while the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture turned 20.

Topics:

Leave a Reply

Crop Inputs Stories

Crop InputsPlatform Specialty Products To Acquire Arysta LifeScience
October 20, 2014
Once the acquisition is complete, Platform Specialty Products will combine Arysta LifeScience with previously acquired companies Agriphar and Chemtura Crop Solutions. Read More
MicronutrientsMicronutrients Going Macro
September 9, 2014
Between 2014’s fantastic growing conditions and a heightened awareness on plant nutrition, the major players in micronutrients are gearing up for another big year. Read More
FertilizerFall Fertility 2014: Forecasting Fertilizer Use
September 7, 2014
Great crops this year have tapped the soil, and fall work is definitely called for, but how challenging will that get? Read More
FungicidesSudden Death Syndrome, Brown Stem Rot Reported In Indiana Soybeans
September 3, 2014
Farmers and retailers should be watching for symptoms of these two diseases over the next few weeks as they are best managed through preventative methods. Read More

Trending Articles

InsecticidesNew Research Study Shows The Value Of Neonics
October 29, 2014
The study evaluated seed treatment, soil and foliar uses of neonicotinoid insecticides in the U.S. and Canada. Read More
Crop InputsPlatform Specialty Products To Acquire Arysta LifeScience
October 20, 2014
Once the acquisition is complete, Platform Specialty Products will combine Arysta LifeScience with previously acquired companies Agriphar and Chemtura Crop Solutions. Read More
Seed/BiotechMonsanto Offers New Support For Ferguson, Area Communities
October 8, 2014
Monsanto Co. has committed $1 million in new support for several collaborative efforts in Ferguson, MO, and surrounding communities in North St. Louis County. Read More
Seed/BiotechUnapproved Genetically Modified Wheat Found In Montana
October 3, 2014
USDA reports that one year after discovery of Monsanto's unapproved wheat in a single Oregon field disrupted U.S. wheat export sales, the GMO wheat has again been found in Montana. Read More
Equipment2014 Product Of The Year Voting
September 19, 2014
The deadline to vote for the 2014 CropLife IRON Product of the Year is October 31. Please cast your vote today to help us determine the winner. Read More
FertilizerFall Fertility 2014: Forecasting Fertilizer Use
September 7, 2014
Great crops this year have tapped the soil, and fall work is definitely called for, but how challenging will that get? Read More

Latest News

StewardshipTFI Recognizes Michigan, Maryland Farms For 4R Stewards…
October 31, 2014
As farming practices increasingly attract interest from the general public, two farmers are ensuring they meet public approval. Read More
Eric SfiligojBig Brother Is Already Watching
October 31, 2014
Opponents to UAVs seem to think they could be used to spy on other people. But spying is already taking place, through the Internet. Read More
StewardshipAsmark Institute’s New Training Center Focused On…
October 31, 2014
The newly dedicated Ford B. West Center for Responsible Agriculture will be used as a national training and education center for professionals in the ag input industry. Read More
StewardshipCTIC Tour Dives Deep Into Everglades
October 31, 2014
The most recent Conservation In Action Tour (CTIC) hit South Florida recently to tour the Everglades Agricultural Area. Read More
StewardshipResponsibleAg Begins Auditor Training
October 31, 2014
ResponsibleAg auditor training is now underway at the Ford B. West Center for Responsible Agriculture in Owensboro, KY. Read More
CropLife 100ValueAct Buys Stake In Fertilizer Dealer Agrium
October 30, 2014
ValueAct has bought 8.2 million shares in Calgary, Alberta-based Agrium, making them the second largest investor in the fertilizer dealer. Read More
InsecticidesNew Research Study Shows The Value Of Neonics
October 29, 2014
The study evaluated seed treatment, soil and foliar uses of neonicotinoid insecticides in the U.S. and Canada. Read More
StewardshipUSDA To Provide $4 Million For Honey Bee Habitat
October 29, 2014
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance will be provided to Read More
Crop InputsValent Launches New Low VOC ProGibb LV Plus Plant Growt…
October 29, 2014
ProGibb LV Plus PGR is a high-potency, liquid gibberellic acid formulation designed to comply with California’s new air quality standards for high volatile organic compound agricultural products. Read More
Crop InputsBayer CropScience Acquires Certain DuPont Crop Protecti…
October 29, 2014
Bayer CropScience and DuPont Crop Protection have signed an agreement for Bayer to purchase certain DuPont Crop Protection Land Management assets in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. Read More
ManagementWest Central Names New President
October 29, 2014
West Central’s board of directors have announced their unanimous decision to name Milan Kucerak President and CEO-elect following Jeff Stroburg’s retirement at the end of the fiscal year. Read More
InsecticidesValent U.S.A., MGK Form Marketing Agreement
October 24, 2014
Valent has formed an agreement with Minneapolis-based MGK to manage the marketing and sales of MGK’s crop protection line of insect control products within the U.S. beginning April 1, 2015. Read More
StewardshipFlorida’s 4R Advocate Keeps Improving
October 24, 2014
Florida farmer Alan Jones uses the 4R principles of nutrient stewardship as the core of his fertility program, which allows him to maximize production and keep costs in check. Read More
Seed/BiotechMonsanto Named One Of The World’s Best Multinational …
October 23, 2014
Monsanto ranked No. 8 in the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence that identifies the top 25 best multinational companies in terms of workplace culture. Read More
Crop InputsArysta Hires Former Agri-Chem, CPS Employee For Delta S…
October 23, 2014
New Territory Sales Manager Mark Peel’s primary role will focus on working with growers regarding fungicides in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee. Read More
CropLife 100GROWMARK Announces Appointments In Plant Food Division
October 22, 2014
GROWMARK, Inc. has announced the three key staff changes in its Plant Food Division. Read More
CropLife 100GROWMARK Appoints New VP Of Finance And Risk Management
October 22, 2014
Wade Mittelstadt has been named GROWMARK Vice President, Financial and Risk Mangement, effective December 1, 2014. Read More
FungicidesEPA Approves BASF In-Furrow Corn Fungicide
October 22, 2014
Field trials show Xanthion In-furrow fungicide provides more rapid emergence, extended residual control and improved seedling health than untreated crops. Read More