Crop Protection: Just Getting Better

Wind-damaged corn

The 2008 growing season has certainly had its share of weather-related challenges — including a cool, wet spring in the eastern part of the Corn Belt that delayed planting, flooding along the Mississippi River that ruined acres of crops, and continuing drought conditions in the South and Southeast — each bringing on its own set of pest challenges.

Going into the season, retailers had a healthy-sized set of new herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides to become familiar with, but it didn’t stop there. After CropLife® magazine’s annual Crop Protection Review series was published at the beginning of the year, more products came out, and as always, there are more products in the pipeline to help growers attain top yields.

That’s why we asked our in-house “experts” to take a quick break and give you a mid-year briefing on these newest products and label changes. Maybe you remember these guys: Reid W. Acker, Bugsy B. Gohn, and Rusty Beane.

Reid On Weeds
Let’s start with Reid the Weed Guy.

Dear Reid: Tell us about the newest herbicides.

Well, as I mentioned in January’s “Helpful Herbicide Hints,” the active ingredients (a.i.s) in most of the newer herbicides aren’t brand new, they’re just in new pre­mixes, new formulations, or have a new use. Let’s just say some aspect is new. My friend Chris Boerboom, who’s an Extension weed scientist at the University of Wisconsin, says that if you understand the familiar ingredients, you understand the new product pretty well.

Back in April, FMC Corp. came out with its Cadet herbicide, which contains the a.i. fluthiacet-methyl. The company had acquired the sole marketing rights for this product in the U.S. corn and soybean markets.

Cadet provides selective post­emergence control of tough broadleaf weeds in both corn and soybeans. What’s nice about this product is that it’s a reliable, effective tank mix partner with a variety of herbicides, including glyphosate. It eliminates weeds that glyphosate alone can’t control, including resistant biotypes.

One of the newest herbicide products that I’ve heard about is Bayer CropScience‘s Ignite 280 SL herbicide for LibertyLink crops, which gives growers a nonselective alternative to glyphosate. It’ll actually be available to your grower-customers in 2009, and contains the a.i. glufosinate-ammonium, which also found in the company’s Liberty herbicide.

Ignite was just approved by EPA at the end of July and controls more than 120 broadleaf weeds and grasses, including tough-to-control, ALS- (acetolactate synthase inhibitor), and glyphosate-resistant weeds. It’s registered for use on all LibertyLink crops, and by that I mean LibertyLink (LL) corn, including all Herculex and Agrisure CB (corn borer)/LL hybrids, and new LL soybeans, which are on target to be available for the 2009 season, along with FiberMax cotton and InVigor canola.

The product manager for Ignite, Andy Hurst, says it’s a new, more powerful, cost-effective formulation. It controls weeds in days, not weeks, and globally, there’s no documented weed resistance to Ignite.

Another new product that we just heard about is Valor (flumioxazin) from Valent U.S.A. Corp. OK, it’s already used in other crops like soybeans and cotton, but it’s new to corn. Actually, it’s the first preemergence PPO (protoporphyrinogen oxidase) herbicide for field corn. Your growers can plant it 14 days before planting no-till or minimal-till field corn, and its new mode of action helps control tough broadleaf weeds and offers competitive grass control.

John Pawlak, Valor’s product development manager, says tank-mixing Valor with atrazine and using it prior to planting followed by an in-season Roundup application or using Valor preplant by itself followed by a post application of atrazine and Roundup have been the most effective uses in trials.

Dear Reid: Didn’t I hear something about a change in BASF’s Status herbicide?

You’d be right about that. Status came out in time for the 2007 growing season as a broad-spectrum control of broaleaf weeds in corn. Now it’s registered for use on popcorn, too. Same deal — broad-spectrum broadleaf postemergence control, crop safety, and simplicity.

That’s not the only label change, though. Valent’s Select Max herbicide with Inside Technology is now registered to control volunteer corn, including volunteer Roundup Ready corn, prior to replanting corn. The product also became part of Monsanto’s Roundup Rewards Program this spring.

Dear Reid: What role, if any, will these products play in deterring glyphosate resistance?

From what many of the manufacturers tell me, they look for that characteristic in every new product in their pipeline, so we’ll be seeing more and more products that can be used to combat glyphosate resistance. No one wants to lose glyphosate as a herbicide, and retailers can really help their grower-customers focus on developing resistance programs for glyphosate and other classes of herbicides, including ALS herbicides.

For example, Bayer CropSciences’ LibertyLink system is built on the concept of offering a non-glyphosate mode of action, one of the key ways to fight weed resistance/tolerance. FMC’s Cadet tackles glyphosate-resistant biotypes, and Valent’s Valor is part of the preemergence herbicide trend, which can reduce the need for glyphosate later.

Dear Reid: What’s the story on glyphosate production? Will my growers be able to get Roundup next year? How much will it cost?

Oh sure, don’t ask any tough questions! Basically it comes down to this: More and more growers around the world want Roundup, but currently there isn’t enough being manufactured to fill all those orders. Yeah, that’s right, even with all those generics companies making glyphosate and Monsanto Co. at full production.

I sat in on Monsanto’s announcement about its glyphosate production expansion, and the company says it’ll supply the U.S. grower first. With such great demand, they determined that an expansion project will be cost-effective at one of their production facilities (they have two in the U.S.), and they expect that project to be completed about a year from now. Monsanto anticipates it will be able to produce around 20% more Roundup beginning in 2010.

Personally, I haven’t seen the pricing for next year, but some of my pals that spend time in the local coffee shops tell me the price will likely go up. Basic economics, folks. Monsanto says the price could go either way. Let’s face it, crop protection product prices could well be up in all areas by next season. Another strong indication of that is Syngenta Crop Protection‘s recent announcement that if crude oil prices continue to increase, the company may be looking at an across-the-board 10% price increase in its crop protection products.

Bugsy On Bugs
Next up to the plate is Bugsy B. Gohn, our bug guy.

Dear Bugsy: What’s new in insecticides since we last saw you in February?
There are some label changes and new additions to existing product line-ups since the “Insightful Insect Instructions” article in February.
For example, Hero insecticide (zeta-cypermethrin + bifenthrin) from FMC received an expanded label and can now be used in soybeans to control tough foliar pests. This pyrethroid technology offers a dual mode of action.

Makhteshim Agan of North America (MANA) received supplemental registration of Alias 4F insecticide, which contains the a.i. imidacloprid for control of soybean aphids in soybeans.

Bayer also unveiled its Trilex 6000 Soybean System which helps growers manage seed-applied inputs with custom-matched solutions. It combines technologies of Trilex, YieldShield, and Allegiance seed-applied fungicides, Gaucho seed-applied insecticide, Celgard film coating, and Pro-Ized Red Colorant in one seed treatment. A series of Midwest university yield trials in 2006 found soybeans treated with Trilex 6000 Soybean System delivered an average yield 13% higher than untreated soybeans.

Syngenta also has two products to talk about, Warrior II with Zeon Technology and Endigo.

Warrior II with Zeon Technology (lambda-cyhalothrin) is a more concentrated formulation of Warrior with Zeon Technology and will replace it in most markets for use in corn, beans, cotton, etc.

The company’s Endigo cotton insecticide is now approved for use on soybeans, protecting against key soybean foliar insect pests that damage the crop during reproductive growth stages. It combines the proven performance of lambda-cyhalothrin and thiamethoxam, making it a great tool for resistance management. Endigo is a restricted use pesticide, and while sales begin this year in the South, Syngenta is planning a limited launch for 2009 and a full launch in 2010.

Also, AMVAC purchased the Phorate insecticide line — which is used in corn and other crops to protect against chewing and piercing-sucking insects— from Aceto Agricul­tural Chemicals. The acquistion was made in connection with the settlement of pending litigation between the two.

Dear Bugsy: Tell us about the DuPont/Syngenta deal.
Manufacturers like to wheel and deal to strengthen their portfolios; this often allows both to bring products to the market sooner. DuPont Crop Protection and Syngenta announced an agreement in July that will meet both goals for each company.
The pair will share the costs to prepare the regulatory studies for DuPont’s Cyazypyr, a new broadspectrum insecticide for the control of lepidoptera and sucking pests, leading to expanded global registrations and commercialization opportunities for both companies. Cyazypyr is complementary to the DuPont Rynaxypyr insect control product that Syngenta is developing in mixtures with its own leading insect control products.

Rusty On Diseases
It’s Rusty Beane’s turn to answer your questions about fungicides.

Dear Rusty: We’ve heard from the other guys, but now we want to know — what’s new in the fungicide market?
Asian soybean rust products are still an important focus for manufacturers, even though the spread of this disease has been fairly soft since it first crossed our shores in 2004. They realize that soybean rust could devastate our soybean crop in this country if it develops into a full-blown outbreak while the plants are at a vulnerable stage.

For that reason, the approval of several products for use in Asian soybean rust is really good news for your growers.

Alto fungicide (cyproconazole) from Syngenta previously had a Section 18 Quarantine Exemption for use against rust, but EPA has now given it a full Section 3 approval. This triazole fungicide provides excellent curative activity with residual control and is crop-safe with little chance of leaf burning.
Syngenta’s Quadris Xtra fungicide also moved up from a Section 18 to Section 3 label. It’s a combination of the preventive activity of the familiar Quadris (azoxystrobin) fungicide and the curative activity of Alto in one convenient premix.

Bayer received EPA’s nod for its Proline 480 SC fungicide as a soybean product. Containing the active ingredient prothioconazole, it also can be tank-mixed with the company’s Stratego fungicide.

As Bugsy mentioned earlier, Bayer also unveiled its Trilex 6000 Soybean System. It combines technologies of Trilex, YieldShield, and Allegiance seed-applied fungicides, Gaucho seed-applied insecticide, Celgard film coating, and Pro-Ized Red Colorant in one seed treatment to improve soybean yields.

Dear Rusty: Anything else we should be aware of?
Well, we just have to mention two exclusive fungicide seed treatment agreements that Monsanto is involved in, one with BASF SE for soybeans and the other for corn with Bayer CropScience.

The first deal centers around BASF’s top-selling fungicide F 500, the same a.i. found in Headline fungicide with its disease control and plant health benefits. The treatment, expected to be commercialized in conjunction with the launch of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean seed offering, will provide U.S. soybean growers with early-season disease protection which results in improved stand and extra vitality.

The pairing with Bayer CropScience focuses on Bayer CropScience’s new Vortex corn fungicide, which provides enhanced broadspetrum disease control and seed safety for corn seed. Expected to be commercialized in conjunction with the planned launch of Monsanto’s eight-trait stack SmartStax seed offering in 2010, the seed treatment will provide corn growers with significant improvement in early season protection against seedling diseases and insects.
In both agreements, Monsanto will have exclusive rights to commercialize the new fungicide seed treatments in their seed products.

Leave a Reply

Fungicides Stories

Soybean Field
FungicidesGrowers Report Yield Boost, Extended Residual Disease Control From Trivapro Fungicide
January 9, 2017
With the new growing season around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about inputs for 2017. As growers weigh Read More
Monsanto Bioag logo
FungicidesIsagro USA Named Exclusive Distributor For Taegro 2 Biofungicide In U.S., Canada
January 4, 2017
Isagro USA, Inc. has signed an agreement to exclusively distribute Taegro 2 Biofungicide in the U.S. and Canada. The BioAg Alliance Read More
Brown stem rot in soybeans
FungicidesTips For Managing 6 Serious Soybean Diseases
December 28, 2016
There’s no shortage of diseases waiting to descend on your soybean crop. No matter where you farm, managing disease requires Read More
FungicidesManaging Sudden Death Syndrome And Brown Stem Rot In Soybeans
December 28, 2016
Cool wet soils in spring can lead to increased chances for sudden death syndrome (SDS) or brown stem rot (BSR) Read More
Trending Articles
AgriSync
Matt Hopkins17 Agriculture Apps That Will Help You Farm Smarter In 2017
December 9, 2016
Ag professionals are working smarter, not harder, than ever before. Smart farming technologies have enabled them to reduce costs, maximize Read More
R4023 Sprayer, John Deere
CropLife 100Ag Retail Equipment Report: The Green Party Continues
December 7, 2016
In the annual race for sales in the ag retail equipment marketplace, the color schemes for participants are a little Read More
Mike Stern
Precision AgClimate Corp. CEO Talks Retailer Support For Digital Ag
December 1, 2016
CropLife Magazine’s sister publication, AgriBusiness Global, recently sat down with Mike Stern, CEO of The Climate Corp., following the Monsanto subsidiary’s Read More
Precision AgTrimble Debuts End-to-End FMIS Platform
November 28, 2016
October’s inaugural PrecisionAg Vision Conference left this author with many thoughts and things to ponder in the coming months. Probably Read More
CHS Primeland
CropLife 100The 2016 CropLife 100 Report: Reviewing The Many Bulls And Bears Impacting This Year’s Marketplace
November 28, 2016
For virtually all of 2016, the nation was wholly focused on the big Presidential election. Some folks aligned themselves with Read More
Monsanto sign
Crop InputsMissouri Governor Meets With Bayer CEO To Discuss Monsanto Merger
November 21, 2016
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon visited Bayer AG global headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany, on November 18 to discuss the proposed Bayer-Monsanto Read More
Latest News
Eric SfiligojNo Alternative Facts: Dicamba Cropping System Applicato…
January 23, 2017
During President Donald Trump’s inauguration, much fuss was made over the use of the term “alternative facts” vs. some of Read More
Young Corn Plants
ManagementTimac Agro USA Acquires Michigan Ag Retailer
January 20, 2017
Timac Agro USA, an agriculture supply company specializing in high-efficiency plant and animal nutrition products, has acquired St. Louis,MI-based A&E Ag, Read More
Soybean field
Crop InputsNufarm Teams Up With John Deere Financial
January 19, 2017
Nufarm and John Deere Financial have teamed up to help farmers grow a better tomorrow. This program helps make purchases Read More
Sonny Perdue
LegislationTrump Formally Picks Perdue As Agriculture Secretary
January 19, 2017
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump officially announced Sonny Perdue as his choice for secretary of agriculture on Thursday, selecting a former Read More
ManagementPresident Trump, Wisconsin Review, and a Dow-DuPont Upd…
January 18, 2017
Editors Paul Schrimpf and Eric Sfiligoj reflect on a new administration, a recent winter show, and crop protection company mergers. Read More
Industry NewsBayer, MS Technologies Get China Approval For Balance G…
January 18, 2017
MS Technologies and Bayer have received import approval from China for Balance GT soybeans. The new Balance GT Soybean Performance Read More
Werner Baumann, Bayer AG, and Hugh Grant, Monsanto
Industry NewsReport: Monsanto, Bayer CEOs Among Latest to Make Trump…
January 18, 2017
The chief executive officers of German chemical giant Bayer AG and U.S. seed behemoth Monsanto, Werner Baumann and Hugh Grant, Read More
Giant Ragweed
HerbicidesStudy: Focusing On Weed Seedbank Can Help Manage Herbic…
January 18, 2017
Researchers writing in the latest issue of the journal Weed Science provide important insights on the control of herbicide-resistant giant Read More
Management3 Financial Trends To Watch In Agriculture
January 17, 2017
I recently had the opportunity to attend a meeting of credit managers for Midwest ag supply and input companies, in part Read More
Andersons Retail Store
CropLife 100The Andersons To Close All Retail Stores; Shutdown Does…
January 16, 2017
In a stunning announcement to the Toledo area, The Andersons Inc. said on Sunday that it would close its two Read More
Trimble TMX-2050 In-Cab Display
Eric SfiligojPrecision To Lead Agriculture In 2017?
January 16, 2017
Another new year is upon us! And I’m certain I speak for many in the agricultural world when I say Read More
Corn
Eric SfiligojThe Mood From Madison? In A Holding Pattern
January 16, 2017
Last week, I had the chance to attend the annual Wisconsin AgriBusiness Classic show in Madison, WI. It’s been a Read More
Syngenta Sign
Crop InputsAccenture Helps Syngenta Transform Its Global Logistics
January 13, 2017
Syngenta, a leading agriculture company, has collaborated with Accenture to design and implement a new digital logistics operating model across Read More
Fall Creek Seth Harden The Nature Conservancy
StewardshipLocal Farmers’ Watershed Initiative: Continuous Improve…
January 13, 2017
The goal in the Big Pine Watershed Project is to more intentionally do what local farmers and responsible ag retailers Read More
HerbicidesEPA Expands Enlist Duo Herbicide Registration To 34 Sta…
January 13, 2017
The U.S. EPA has expanded the geography for application of Enlist Duo herbicide from 15 to 34 states. This means Read More
Olson Ag Enterprise
CropLife 100Wilbur-Ellis Acquires Nebraska Seed Retailer
January 13, 2017
Wilbur-Ellis’ Agribusiness, a recognized leader in precision agriculture technology and the distribution and marketing of plant protection, seed and nutritional Read More
ManagementDeere-Precision Planting Update and the Ag Secretary Wa…
January 12, 2017
Editors Paul Schrimpf and Eric Sfiligoj provide the latest on the court date for John Deere/Precision Planting and the quest Read More
Monsanto sign
Seed/BiotechMonsanto, NRGene Form Agreement For Big Data Genomic An…
January 12, 2017
Monsanto Co. and NRGene have announced that the companies have reached a non-exclusive, multi-year global licensing agreement on NRGene’s genome-analysis Read More