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Boll Weevil Action Committee To Meet In Little Rock


The fall meeting of the Boll Weevil Action Committee will be conducted on Sept. 15-16 in Little Rock, Ark., at the Hilton Little Rock Metro Center.

Tentative plans call for the Technical Advisory Committee to meet at 1 p.m. and conclude by 5 p.m. on Sept. 15. A reception for all attendees will be held later in the evening.

On Sept. 16, the full Boll Weevil Action Committee meeting will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at noon. For more information, interested parties should contact Don Parker at the National Cotton Council in Memphis, Tenn., at (901) 274-9030.


Valent’s President Receives Promotion

Valent U.S.A. Corp., has announced the promotion of president and chief operating officer Trevor Thorley to executive officer for parent company Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.

Thorley’s new Sumitomo Chemical position was confirmed on June 20 at the shareholders annual meeting in Tokyo.

Thorley will continue his roles as Valent president and COO as well as general manager for Region Americas crop protection business for Sumitomo Chemical in the United States, Canada and Latin America.

For more information about Valent products, Valent U.S.A. Corp., or the full product line, call 800-6-VALENT (682-5368) or visit the Valent Web site at www.valent.com.


Avicta Blimp Rides Help Raise $7,600

Syngenta, through a partnership with Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, enriched the lives of dozens of critically ill children during the spring of 2008 by donating rides in the AVICTA Complete Cotton blimp and collecting more than $7,600 in cash donations.

The AVICTA Complete Cotton blimp launched in Memphis, Tenn. on Feb. 29, and traveled more than 3,000 miles over 10 states in the Mississippi Delta and Southeast regions of the United States, before finishing the tour in North Carolina at the end of May. In total, 109 Believe In Tomorrow participants received rides in the blimp in nine Southern cities: Memphis, Tenn.; Blytheville, Ark.; Vicksburg, Miss.; Tifton, Ga.; Pensacola, Fla.; New Orleans; La.; Baton Rouge, La.; Greensboro, N.C.; and Wilson, N.C.

In addition, Syngenta helped raise many contributions for Believe In Tomorrow. These donations were collected from Syngenta employees, cotton producers and retailers throughout the United States.

“Through the generosity of our employees and customers, Syngenta has been able to contribute to an incredible charity that helps critically ill children across the country put aside thoughts of today’s treatments and focus on tomorrow,” says Vern Hawkins, vice president for Syngenta U.S. Commercial Operations division.

Founded in 1982, Believe In Tomorrow provides exceptional hospital and retreat housing services to critically ill children and many members of their families who travel as a group to another city.


Cheminova Moves Headquarters To N.C.

Cheminova has moved its main headquarters to Research Triangle Park, N.C. The company’s new location is at One Park Drive, Research Triangle Park, N.C. The new office opened on Aug. 1, and the company will be closing its Wayne, N.J. office this month.

"The Triangle is an ideal location for us,” says Martin Petersen, president of Cheminova’s ANZAC Region. “This area offers everything an agribusiness company needs for success and growth, and will provide us with more opportunities for industry interaction. We will be better able to serve our customer base, which has shown strong support for this move.”

Petersen says that Cheminova is experiencing a period of strong growth and needed to re-locate to an area where it could more easily attract employees with industry experience as the company expands. Cheminova generated $911 million in worldwide revenue last year and is seeing improved revenue growth compared with a year ago.


Bayer’s Insecticide Receives Registration

Corn, cotton and tobacco producers will have a new worm management tool available this season. Belt SC insecticide (flubendiamide) from Bayer CropScience has been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for control of several economically important lepidoptera species.

According to Bayer CropScience, the material will provide rapid feeding cessation as well as long-lasting residual control for better overall protection of crop value, all without disrupting important Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs.

Belt contains a new active ingredient from a new chemical class, the phthalic acid diamides, and provides a mode of action that acts differently against target pests compared to conventional materials. In addition to several row crops, Belt is registered for use on pome and stone fruits, tree nuts and grapes. State registrations of Belt are pending, with many, including California, expected to be approved within the next month.

For more information on Belt, visit a local Bayer CropScience retailer or local sales representative, or visit www.BayerCropScienceUS.com.


Stoller Launches Web Site To Help Crops Under Stress

StollerUSA hopes to increase awareness of the benefits of its Bio-Forge product line through the use of its new interactive micro site.

“It is a clear and visual way to demonstrate how farmers can increase their yield potential with Bio-Forge,” explains Marketing Director Jeff Morgan. “Farmers select the crop and the stress challenge they are facing. The Web site animation demonstrates how Bio-Forge impacts the chosen crop in their specific situation.”

As Morgan notes, farmers are facing a variety of stressors from drought and extreme heat to high moisture and herbicide drift. The site – and Bio-Forge – address all of these issues, including insects and pests.

The site also includes an overview of Stoller’s proprietary technology, plant growth cycles and hormone balance – the critical relationship that enables Bio-Forge to sustain plants and help them to flourish.

The site (www.Bio-forge.com) details the university research that confirms the results farmers are seeing when using Bio-Forge in their fields. During the 2008 crop year, Bio-Forge was applied to more than 250,000 acres of corn and soybeans.

Data is organized by crop type and highlights the yield increases seen in various trials. Discussion between farmers is encouraged on the blog section of bio-forge.com.


Case IH Celebrates History Of Farmall

America’s favorite tractor is celebrating 85 years of providing rugged performance and value to farmers. “The first Farmall tractors were introduced in 1923, and they quickly put a lot of horses out of work,” says Shawn Boone, manager of livestock marketing for Case IH.

Although they were called Farmall Regular tractors, they had a revolutionary narrow design and higher ground clearance, which allowed farmers to put it to work in taller row-crops without pushing down plants.

In honor of Farmall’s 85-year anniversary, Case IH is expanding the Farmall tractor lineup with new utility and mid-range models, with PTO horsepower ratings up to 90 hp.

The full Case IH Farmall lineup includes 20 models, with configurations ranging from compact straddle mount models to platform models with cab or ROPS options.

Other improvements in 2008 include an upgraded Case IH Farmall compact lineup. All Farmall compact tractors are now equipped with a fuel efficient, clean burning Tier 3-compliant engine and MFD. Customers can choose from hydrostatic, synchro or power-shuttle transmissions, depending on the model.

For more information, go to www.caseih.com.


John Deere Launches Nutrient Applicator

Commercial fertilizer application is an important source of revenue for retailers of agricultural inputs across North America. Dramatic increases in fuel and fertilizer prices are making it increasingly difficult for the commercial applicator to remain profitable and deliver the value required to retain existing customers and attract new business.

These retailer issues, combined with efforts to better manage nitrogen fertilizer, expose the underlying need of a new way to apply nutrients.

In order to meet these new nutrient application requirements, John Deere has launched a complete line of Nutrient Applicators, the 2510 Series, which efficiently deliver consistent, reliable nitrogen fertilizer for various field management practices.

“We’ve designed these tools for different applications and are introducing the following new model configurations,” says Dave Wendt, product manager, John Deere Des Moines Works. “The 2510H is for high-speed application with low soil disturbance, the 2510C is for conventional application, and the 2510S is for strip-till/conservation tillage applications.”

For more details about the 2510 Nutrient Applicators, interested parties can visit www.JohnDeere.com.


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