Syngenta, Arysta Swap Weed Killer Licences

Syngenta Crop Protection and Arysta LifeScience have signed licensing deals to make new herbicides using one of each other’s chemistries.

Syngenta will use flucarbazone chemistry, the active ingredient in Arysta’s Group 2 herbicide Everest, to produce Sierra and Pace herbicides.

Sierra will be a Group 2 graminicide based on flucarbazone, which Syngenta said provides “an effective Group 2 chemistry option” in grass weed management.

Pace, meanwhile, will be a co-pack based on flucarbazone and Touchdownbrand glyphosate, to be used for pre-seed burndown in wheat, Syngenta said.

Syngenta, meanwhile, will license clodinafop 60EC, the formulation in its Horizon NG herbicide, to be marketed by Arysta under the brand name NextStep NG.

Arysta on its website bills NextStep as “broad-spectrum grassy weed control at an economical price.”

Harrington honoured

Harrington barley, released in 1981 as the first high-enzyme, rapid-modification two-row malting barley bred in Canada, has been named “Seed of the Year West,” a type of lifetime achievement award chosen by Canada’s seed industry.

Harrington “became a world standard for malting barley quality,” said Bruce Coulman, who nominated the seed, in a release Nov. 17.

Bryan Harvey and Brian Rossnagel, Harrington’s breeders, now receive the opportunity to choose the recipient of a $4,000 scholarship attached to the Seed of the Year award.

That prize is to go to a student enrolled in a western Canadian university and currently completing a master’s or doctorate in plant breeding or genetics.

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