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Crop chemical maker FMC aims for growth after DuPont deal

Reuters — Pesticide seller FMC Corp. will aim for its industry’s fastest revenue growth with the help of assets acquired from rival DuPont, even as farm markets struggle to recover, CEO Pierre Brondeau said on Monday. Philadelphia-based FMC will focus on increasing sales of crop chemicals developed internally, and avoid big acquisitions for a few

Five tips for Keeping it Clean from Cereals Canada

With increased scrutiny from end-users farmers need to be vigilant to ensure their crops aren’t rejected

Stick to the pre-harvest interval (PHI). The PHI (or Spray to Swath Interval) is the number of days that must pass between the last application of a pesticide and swathing or straight combining. Read labels carefully and check out the provincial Guides to Crop Protection or consult your local provincial agronomist for more information. After

Corn 2012 Output Under Threat From Rising Inputs

Convent ional wisdom holds U.S. farmers will boost corn production next year because of historically high prices, robust end-user demand, and low global inventories. But corn prices, off their highs by more than $1 a bushel, are now only 12 to 13 per cent above year-ago levels, and input costs are on average 25 per

Forget Fuel Costs, U.S. Farmers Cheer Oil Surge

Not too long ago, a surge in oil prices would have caused a groan of misery from the U.S. farm belt, forced to pay higher prices for tractor fuel and fertilizer. Today, farmers are far more likely to cheer. The farm sector’s response to a surge in fuel costs has inverted for two important reasons:

EU plan may increase global food problem

The challenge of meeting soaring global food demand may be made more difficult by European Union proposals which could ban some fungicides, Britain’s chief scientist said Nov. 12. The European Union may change to a hazard rather than risk-based approach, which effectively means crop chemicals could be banned if they are dangerous at any dosage.