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Bayer scraps plans for U.S. dicamba production

Move unrelated to court ruling, company says

Chicago | Reuters — Bayer said on Tuesday it will scrap a nearly US$1 billion project to produce dicamba in the United States, but said the move is unrelated to a federal court decision that blocked sales of dicamba-based herbicides. The German-based company is moving to save cash as it wages an expensive legal battle

U.S. EPA permits farmers’ use of dicamba until July 31

Court ruling blocked product registrations

Chicago | Reuters — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Monday that farmers can use existing supplies of a herbicide linked to crop damage, after a federal court blocked sales and use of the product last week. The EPA said farmers have until July 31 to use supplies of dicamba-based herbicides that they had


Court blocks sales of dicamba in U.S.

Bayer says it's seeking new EPA registration for 2021

Updated — Reuters — A U.S. appeals court has blocked Bayer from selling an agricultural weed killer in the United States, the latest setback for a business already fighting an expensive legal battle over another product. A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) substantially


Corteva to accelerate Enlist E3 soybean rollout

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. seed and crop chemical maker Corteva said Thursday it will accelerate production of its next-generation biotech soybean seeds and complementary herbicides in Canada and the U.S. over the next five years. The move heightens the competition for sales to farmers with rivals Bayer and BASF. Up to 20 per cent


Terry Buss, Manitoba Agriculture’s farm production extension specialist for pulses, explained dicamba drift on susceptible soybeans last year at the Crop Diagnostic School at Carman, Man.

Dicamba drift not a problem in Manitoba this year

There are many ways to mitigate drift, but using the right spray nozzles is one of the most critical

For the second straight year dicamba drift, which has damaged millions of acres of crops in the United States, hasn’t been much of a problem in Manitoba, officials say. While there’s pressure to further regulate the broadleaf weed killer in the U.S., that’s not the case in Canada. “We’re aren’t seeing an awful lot of


Arkansas judge rules six farmers can spray dicamba

Chicago | Reuters — An Arkansas judge has ruled that six farmers in the state this summer can spray a weed killer made by Monsanto and BASF that was blamed for hurting millions of acres of U.S. crops last year. The decision is the latest twist in the saga surrounding dicamba-based herbicides and immediately sparked


Monsanto loses bid to stop Arkansas’ dicamba ban

Chicago | Reuters — An Arkansas judge on Friday dismissed a Monsanto lawsuit aiming to stop Arkansas from blocking the use of a herbicide the company makes, dealing a blow to its attempts to increase sales of genetically engineered seeds. Monsanto, which is being acquired by Bayer, filed the lawsuit last year in a bid

A soybean field in Abbott County, South Carolina. U.S. soybean producers 
are about to have an unprecedented host of options to choose from.

Battle of the beans

Monsanto faces a tough fight for the soybean market

Monsanto is facing major threats to its historic dominance of seed and herbicide technology for the US$40-billion U.S. soybean market. Rivals BASF and DowDuPont are preparing to push their own varieties of genetically modified soybeans. At stake is control over seed supply for the next generation of farmers producing the most valuable U.S. agricultural export.