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Agribusiness nervous as WHO cancer unit analyzes 2,4-D

(Reuters) — The World Health Organization is set to examine a widely used pesticide, and agribusiness is bracing for bad news. The move comes less than three months after the United Nations agency classified glyphosate as "probably" cancer-causing. Twenty-four scientists representing WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer are set to analyze scientific findings regarding[...]

Richardson Milling says glyphosate dessication acceptable for its oats

Richardson Milling, the largest oat miller in North America, has no intention of changing its policies on glyphosate. Tracey Shelton, director of corporate communications with Richardson International, said the company would continue to buy oats that have been desiccated with glyphosate. The company operates oat milling and processing plants in Portage la Prairie, Man., Martensville,[...]

Oat miller won’t follow suit on glyphosate ban

Richardson Milling, the largest oat miller in North America, has no intention of changing its policies on glyphosate. Tracey Shelton, director of corporate communications with Richardson International, said the company would continue to buy oats that have been desiccated with glyphosate. The company operates oat milling and processing plants in Portage la Prairie, Man., Martensville,[...]

Monsanto's move on Syngenta could mean move away from glyphosate

(Reuters) ¬— Monsanto Co., the world's largest seed company, is also known for the popularity of its Roundup herbicide, a weed killer beloved by farmers and homeowners alike for its speed and deadly assault on tough weeds. But Monsanto's ongoing efforts to try to take over Swiss agrochemicals firm Syngenta, a rival whose product portfolio[...]

Weed of the Week: shepherd's purse

Capsella bursa-pastoris was limited to wetter areas and field edges when tillage was common. However, reduced tillage created new opportunities for the winter annual weed, which is more commonly known as shepherd’s purse. Along with narrow-leaved hawk’s beard, cleavers, flixweed and stinkweed, this member of the mustard family appears early in spring to rob fields[...]

Monsanto says it would divest all of Syngenta's seed business

(Reuters) — Monsanto Co., the world's largest seed company, said on Wednesday it plans to divest all of Syngenta Ag's seeds and traits businesses as well as some overlapping chemistry assets to get regulatory approval for a takeover of its Swiss rival. Monsanto President Brett Begemann said in a statement that U.S.-based Monsanto sees an[...]

As it woos Syngenta, Monsanto mounts campaign to combat critics

(Reuters) — As seed and chemical maker Monsanto Co. woos Swiss agrochemicals firm Syngenta, Monsanto also is trying to win over consumers in key international markets, rolling out social media and marketing campaigns. U.S.-based Monsanto said it has recently launched interactive consumer-oriented websites in China, France, India, Argentina and Brazil, in addition to a lead[...]

Researchers studying grain quality in new marketing environment

A new research project could help the prairie grain industry answer pressing questions about the quality of Canada’s wheat exports. Researchers Harry Sapirstein and Paul Bullock from the University of Manitoba are leading a multi-year project that hopes to learn more about how the environment affects the development of wheat proteins and protein quality, specifically[...]

Weed of the Week: stinkweed

Stinkweed’s name sets it apart from most other happy-sounding weeds such as dandelion, lamb’s quarters and buckwheat. It hasn’t got a rebellious name such as wild oats or locoweed, but it can make itself known when eaten by cows. However, it’s main sin is that it costs farmers money. It is fairly easy to kill[...]

Monsanto's Syngenta gambit hinges on sale of seed businesses

LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) — U.S. seeds giant Monsanto is trying to line up buyers for assets worth up to US$8 billion to appease competition authorities before making a fresh takeover approach for Swiss Syngenta, possibly within three weeks, industry sources said. Monsanto is expected to tap German chemicals group BASF, an existing joint venture partner, as[...]

Farmers stand up for seed treatments

DRESDEN, Ont. — Their provincial government’s shoot-from-the hip response to neonicotinoid seed treatment concerns may be just the tip of an anti-farmer iceberg, according to Grain Farmers of Ontario.
Chief executive officer Barry Senft made the comment in response to recent statements by Ontario environment minister Glen Murray.
“It doesn’t seem he’s satisfied with just this one[...]

Soybean’s popularity blamed for ragweed invasion in fields

HARROW, Ont. — Ontario farmers have two reasons to be concerned when it comes to giant ragweed. The weed, which can grow up to three metres high and produce prodigious amounts of seed, has become glyphosate resistant in the far southwestern corner of the province. It’s also moved out of the ditch banks and into[...]

U.S. group offers kits to test for herbicides

(Reuters) — An advocacy group seeking a ban on the world’s most widely used herbicide said it is launching a U.S. public testing project to gather data on detectable levels of the herbicide in drinking water, human urine and breast milk.
The project, backed in part by organic organizations and critics of genetically modified crops, is[...]

Weed of the week: wild oats

Wild oats have been hurting yields and spoiling tame oat samples for generations. And with increasing instances of herbicide resistance, prairie farmers’ fight with the pest isn’t ending any time soon. Hugh Beckie of Agriculture Canada’s Saskatoon Research Centre said wild oats remain of the 10 worst annual weeds that cereal producers must contend with[...]

Judicious glyphosate use, not total ban is better solution

Make no mistake — the loss of glyphosate would be astonishingly expensive and bad for agriculture.
There are several camps among the myriad lobby groups, internet sites and self-described health campaigners that would have the public believe otherwise, but there can be no other outcome if an outright ban were to be implemented.
And as the growing[...]