BASF to buy Bayer’s seed, herbicide businesses for $7 billion

FRANKFURT, Oct 13 (Reuters) – BASF has agreed to buy seed and herbicide businesses from Bayer for 5.9 billion euros (US$7 billion) in cash, as Bayer tries to convince competition authorities to approve its planned acquisition of Monsanto. BASF, the world’s third-largest maker of crop chemicals, has so far avoided seed assets and instead pursued […] Read more


No-till EU farmers brace for glyphosate ban

British farmer tells farm conference that thinking will have to change without access to the herbicide

LONDON, Ont. — A pioneer in British no-till farming says there’s a good chance European farmers will lose access to glyphosate. “It’s a French and German thing,” Tom Sewell said at the recent Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario conference in London. The politics of those two countries means there is pressure to ban the herbicide, […] Read more


Herbicides keep costs down, help feed world

If farmers stopped using herbicides many environmental groups would be pleased, but consumers may not rejoice because food would be much, much more expensive. A Weed Science Society of America study has concluded that corn yields would drop by 52 percent and soybean yields by 49.5 percent in the U.S. and Canada, if producers didn’t […] Read more



Herbicides keep costs down, help feed world, says new study

If farmers stopped using herbicides many environmental groups would be pleased, but consumers may not rejoice because food would be much, much more expensive. A Weed Science Society of America study has concluded that corn yields would drop by 52 percent and soybean yields by 49.5 percent in the U.S. and Canada, if producers didn’t […] Read more


Quinclorac controversy heats up

Great Northern Growers has decided to continue selling its controversial Clever herbicide, despite warnings from grain companies and crushers that they won’t buy canola sprayed with the product. The active ingredient in Clever is quinclorac, which does not yet have a maximum residue limit in China. The Canola Council of Canada is asking farmers not […] Read more



2,4-D doesn’t cause cancer: Health Canada

Health Canada has concluded that 2,4-D does not cause cancer. Late yesterday the Pest Management Regulatory Agency, a division within Health Canada, released the findings of its special review of 2,4-D, the world’s oldest herbicide. The PMRA initiated the review in 2013, in part because Norway decided to prohibit all uses of 2,4-D. Health Canada […] Read more


Herbicide mixes tackle resistant weeds

While many growers rely on herbicide and crop rotations, a U.S. study finds tank mixtures more effective

A new research study from Illinois casts doubt on a commonly promoted method to combat herbicide resistant weeds. The study of herbicide records from hundreds of fields over an eight-year period in that state showed that rotating herbicides from year to year increased the likelihood of developing glyphosate resistant weeds. Joe Vink, weed management technical […] Read more


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, […] Read more



Toxicologist pans glyphosate report

A Canadian toxicologist says the World Health Organization made a critical scientific error in its decision to classify glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. A panel of experts with the WHO’s International Agency for Research (IARC) on Cancer released a report March 20 on five pesticides, including glyphosate, the most widely used pesticide in the world. […] Read more


Aussies take time during harvest to fight weeds

Herbicide resistance | With few alternatives, Australian farmers crush or burn weed seeds

Herbicide resistant weeds affect 40 percent of cropland on the Prairies, according to rough estimates. However, Canadian farmers are still able to combat the problem before it gets as bad as conditions in Australia, where virtually every weed is assumed to be herbicide resistant. Michael Walsh of the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative focuses all his […] Read more