What’s new from Commodity Classic

By Matt Reese

Commodity Classic provides a great opportunity for all of the major players in crop production to highlight new products on the horizon. Here are some highlights from the trade show at Commodity Classic.

Paul Rea, VP of BASF U.S. Crop Protection, introduces the science behind Xemium, the new BASF fungicide for a wide range of crops (including grain crops, apples and grapes) with a unique and effective mode of action. The fungicide is also used in seed treatments for early season protection and improved crop emergence. It has been submitted for registration around the world and BASF expects full regulation in 2012.

BASF

BASF Crop Protection unveiled a new active ingredient called Xemium. This proprietary substance is the next generation fungicide of the chemical class of carboxamides, also known as SDH (Succinate Dehydrogenase) inhibitors, which describes their mode of action. Field trials show Xemium to be a highly effective and selective fungicide against major diseases in cereals, soybeans, corn, oilseed rape and specialty crops including grapes and potatoes.

Depending on regulatory approval, first market introductions are planned for 2012 in North and South-America as well as in Europe.

“Our years of experience with carboxamides enabled us to discover Xemium, which is a perfect extension of our current fungicide portfolio. The unique mobility in the plant and the high inhibition of fungal target enzymes deliver excellent disease control,” said Christoph Wegner, head of Research and Development at BASF’s Crop Protection division.

Xemium combines residual activity with continuous delivery of the active ingredient from leaf depots, giving farmers maximum flexibility and reliability.

Pioneer

Pioneer was highlighting the Plenish high oleic soybeans that contain the highest oleic acid content (more than 75%) of any soybean product under commercial development. This significantly increases the stability of the oil and provides greater flexibility in food applications, and yields a product with no trans fat. Plenish high oleic soybean oil also has 20% less saturated fat than commodity soybean oil, making it a more attractive ingredient for consumer food products.

Plenish high oleic soybeans contain the highest oleic acid content (more than 75%) of any soybean product under commercial development. This significantly increases the stability of the oil and provides greater flexibility in food applications, and yields a product with no trans fat.

“We’re working with a number of food companies that are in the testing phase and they all like this product. It is very stable and functional oil and they have bee finding positive response to flavor,” said John Muenzenberger, Pioneer manager for specialty oils and soybean output traits. “The key for growers here is that te performance is strong. The trait is included with our most elite varieties. When guys lpant this, they will be in an identity preserved contract system. It will be demand driven and we anticipate commercialization in 2012.”

John Deere

Jerry Roell highlighted FarmSight wireless technology that can keep farmers and equipment connected.

John Deere introduced a comprehensive and integrated suite of solutions, John Deere FarmSight, to meet farm and business needs today and in the future. This array of services will provide technology solutions in the following three areas:

• Machine Optimization — John Deere FarmSight provides solutions that get the most out of machinery on the farm using precision technology and wireless data networks for higher levels of productivity and increased uptime.

• Logistics Optimization — The new technology will assist producers to better manage logistics and machinery from remote locations through a variety of fleet management solutions and increased machine-to-machine communication.

• Ag Decision Support — John Deere FarmSight includes user-friendly monitors, sensors, and wireless networks that provide easy access to machinery and agronomic data essential to making proactive management decisions for your operation.

“The John Deere FarmSight global suite of solutions uses integrated, wireless technology that links the equipment, owners, operators, dealers, and agricultural consultants to provide even more productivity to your farm or business,” says Jerry Roell, John Deere director of Coordinated Farm & Worksite. “We are investing in networking tools that will help you manage data and information from your machinery easily and efficiently to assist in making better decisions for your operation.”

John Deere FarmSight wireless technology is accessible and easy to use. Based on customer preferences, the machinery, operators, owners, dealers, and ag consultants can be connected for proactive service and support.

Machinery will be able to communicate remotely from the field about overall machine performance. This allows for proactive diagnostics on service issues, such as filter changes and other maintenance items, to help reduce downtime. This intelligent, automated technology will bring more precision, convenience, and up-time to a producer’s equipment operation.

Monsanto

Monsanto is looking forward to the next step in improved yields from Asgrow soybeans.

“The first key is the next generation of the soybean Asgrow Genuity Roundup Ready 2 yield,” said Jerry Devore, Asgrow marketing lead. “We’re going to see improvement in the base genetics in terms of yield. Then, with traits, we’re going to have the Dicamba tolerant trait in commercial products by 2014. It gives farmers with tough weeds a second herbicide resistance option. We also have a biotech yield gene with a roughly 7% yield increase in our high yield soybeans on down the road.”

In addition, Monsanto will be offering higher oil quality soybeans with Vistive Gold and a high Omega 3 soybean as well.

Syngenta

Syngenta was engaged in quite a bit of discussion on three products: Agrisure Viptera 3111, Agrisure 3122 E-Z refuge and Agrisure Artesian.

Agrisure Viptera 3111 trait stack controls more insects than any other product on the market. It controls 14 yield- and quality-robbing insects including corn borer, corn rootworm and the multi-pest complex. The Agrisure Viptera 3111 trait stack offers the broadest available spectrum of above- and below-ground insect control. This  stack also offers the same herbicide flexibility as the Agrisure 3000GT triple stack, with a choice of either glyphosate or glufosinate applications.

“A large portion of our 2011 portfolio is dedicated to Agrisure,” said Grant Ozipko, Syngenta trait marketing manager. “We’re also working on our refuge in a bag solutions for 2012 planting.”

The Agrisure Viptera 3220 E-Z refuge trait stack and its Agrisure 3122 E-Z refuge trait stack both feature a blended 5% refuge or “refuge-in-a-bag” component. Once approved, the Agrisure Viptera 3220 E-Z refuge trait stack will offer growers dual modes of action on above-ground lepidopteran corn pests.

“Growers are telling us several things about their refuges,” Ozipko said. “They are challenging and the growers are interested in getting some acres back, convenience and being compliant.”

Agrisure Artesian features
water-optimized corn technology.

“There are several genes responsible for this  and by using multiple genes it provides braoder coverage,” he said. “We’ll be focusing this out in Nebraska and Kansas with trails and test plots. We’ll be moving east after that. There will be limited commercial sales in 2011.

With Agrisure Artesian technology, Central and Eastern Corn Belt growers can help stabilize yields in years of inconsistent rainfall or in fields with variable soil types and/or low soil moisture-holding capacity.

Bayer CropScience

Stratego YLD is a new fungicide for corn and soybeans, featuring the latest in triazole technology. Offering two different modes of action, it provides both preventive and curative activities, along with improved surface coverage and systemic movement to provide broad-spectrum, long-lasting disease control and higher yield potential. Stratego YLD is available for the 2011 growing season.

“Asian soybean rust go this whole thing rolling and really drove the development of these fungicides,” said Rodney Schmidt, U.S. corn and soybean manager for Bayer CropScience. “Well rust didn’t show up in many areas, but it got guys starting to experiment with fungicides and they started seeing the yield benefits. We learned from rust how to better manage many other kinds of disease.”

Stratego YLD is controls gray leaf spot, rusts, Anthracnose, brown spot and frogeye leaf spot.

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