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Pesticide Makers Warn of EU Grain Cuts From Tougher Health Rules

European Union cereal production risks being cut by stricter EU rules on hormone-damaging chemicals, the pesticides industry warned.

An EU plan to outline more detailed criteria for determining whether pesticides contain so-called endocrine disruptors could force key farm chemicals off the market, according to the European Crop Protection Association, which represents producers such as BASF SE, Bayer AG and Dow Chemical Co. The initiative is due on Wednesday.

9 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Sprayer

By Tracy Turner, Ag Answers

Using clean water when calibrating a pesticide sprayer and carrying extra nozzles for quick repair of simple problems in the field are just some of the tricks of the trade that can help growers save time, energy and money during spraying season, says a spray technology expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

Bayer/Monsanto Deal Promises 'Clear Benefit' to Farmers, Say Bayer Execs

Top Bayer leaders said Monday that the company’s proposed acquisition of Monsanto offers a “clear benefit” for farmers.

The combined company would be number one in seeds and traits and number one in the crop protection market, according to figures released by Bayer and others in the marketplace. Bayer officials declined to say whether their newly achieved market strength would translate into higher prices for farmers.

Quaker Sued by Consumers for Not Flagging Glyphosate in Oatmeal

Consumers in New York and California sued PepsiCo Inc.’s Quaker Oats for false advertising over claims that the brand’s signature product contains a possible carcinogen that is not listed as an ingredient.

In court documents, the consumers claim that the company’s oatmeal contains glyphosate, an herbicide the World Health Organization declared a probable carcinogen last year, although an Environmental Protection Agency committee disagreed. They say that oat farmers use the chemical as a weed killer and a drying agent that is sprayed before harvest. 

Sterile Corn Earworms Could Be Key to Beating Bt Resistance

Think corn earworms are a pest of the past? Think again.

Corn earworm (CEW) causes approximately $2 billion of damage each year in the U.S. alone, can live on 123 different plants and is showing resistance to Bt traits. But Kentucky researchers have discovered a way to make corn earworm sterile, which could lead to less damage in your fields.

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