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Soybean fields are inspected in a University of Wisconsin research trial on dicamba drift at Arlington, Wisc. on Aug. 2, 2018. (File photo: Reuters/Tom Polansek)

Bayer, Corteva in ‘two-dog battle’ over U.S. soy market

Companies' GM soybeans jockey for market share

Chicago | Reuters — Bayer is launching a new genetically modified soybean in the United States, striking back against rival Corteva in a bid to retain its dominant position supplying seeds to the $40 billion U.S. soy industry. Billions of dollars are on the table for companies producing a growing variety of seeds for soybeans,

BASF renews partnership with 4-H Canada

The company pledged $600,000 to boost the club’s community engagement and communications programming

BASF will continue to fund 4-H Canada’s community engagement and communications programming into 2023, the organization announced February 17. “Throughout the first year of our partnership with 4-H Canada, we were constantly inspired by Canada’s youth – their drive to take action and inspire change within their local communities is admirable,” said Jonathan Sweat, vice-president of BASF


A wireworm in a potato in close-up. (MegaV0lt/iStock/Getty Images)

Wireworms a target for first Group 30 insecticide in Canada

BASF picks up registration for two broflanilide products

The list of insecticides cleared for use in Canadian crops now includes its first Group 30 chemistry, as BASF makes plans to launch it in new wireworm control products next year. BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions on Monday announced approval from Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) for broflanilide, a GABA-gated chloride channel allosteric modulator.

An InVigor canola plot at Ag in Motion in 2019.

InVigor canola genetics get an upgrade

BASF points to yield, pod-shatter resistance of canola hybrids

BASF promoted two of its new 300 Series InVigor canola hybrids — L340PC and L357P — during a July 22 webinar. “L340PC contains both first-generation clubroot resistance as well (as) BASF’s patented pod-shatter technology,” Wade Stocker, BASF’s manager of canola seeds and traits, told the webinar. “It’s a high-yielding hybrid that was 107.8 per cent

Cereals show the damage from munching wireworms, something BASF hopes its new seed insecticide will help avoid.

BASF’s ‘novel’ wireworm seed treatment makes pitch to PMRA

Teraxxa could be available in Western Canada next year if approved by Canadian regulatory authorities

BASF hopes Teraxxa F4, its new cereal seed insecticide for wireworm control, will be available in Western Canada next year. Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is reviewing Teraxxa and must approve it before it can be used commercially in Canada. The seed treatment is now in the public consultation period after getting handed



BASF has a new website that will show farmers its research farms online.
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BASF unveils InField Innovation Tours

BASF is making it easier, and during the pandemic, safer for farmers to get information about its products. On July 27 it launched a new website allowing farmers to visit the company’s research farms virtually. “InField Innovation Tours is a unique, virtual tour experience that enables anyone, from anywhere, to journey into our fields and

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Ag chem industry watching COVID-19’s spread

MarketsFarm –– China is a major producer of agricultural chemicals — and disruptions to production would have a ripple effect on North American supplies of crop protection inputs, such as herbicides and insecticides. Plant closures and transportation issues due to the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus are being followed closely, but the Canadian industry is reportedly



Charles Baron and partners brought FBN to Canada in 2017, buying Saskatchewan-based Yorkton Distributors. (FBN video screengrab via YouTube)

Court orders big ag firms to hand over documents in antitrust probe

Ottawa | Reuters — A Canadian federal court has ordered a group of major agriculture companies to hand over records and communications in an antitrust probe sparked by allegations some businesses tried to block online farm-supply startup Farmers Business Network (FBN). In a series of court orders issued Tuesday, Federal Court Justice Denis Gascon said