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Diverse agribusiness will utilise Regrow’s platform for the soybean programme

Regrow Ag, the Agriculture Resilience Platform provider, and Bartlett, a Savage Company announced their partnership to advance sustainability commitments. The Regrow platform supports rigorous Scope 3 emissions analysis, and the ability to create actionable carbon reduction plans and track environmental outcomes on the farm level. Bartlett will use Regrow’s solution to determine county-level emissions factors for its soybean supply shed. The platform will also provide insights into current regenerative practice adoption, to assist Bartlett in designing programs to support more sustainable farming practices.

When its new soybean crush plant opens later this year in Montgomery County, Kansas, Bartlett will work with local farmers, cooperatives and commercial grain elevators to handle approximately 49 million bushels of soybeans annually at the facility, which has already begun accepting soybeans. By leveraging the insights from Regrow’s technology, Bartlett will be able to create sustainability strategies for soy oil and soy meal co-products, with data collection and reporting designed to meet evolving sustainability standards for biofuels and insetting programs. Analysing current practice adoption will also help Bartlett prioritize counties with the highest abatement potential.

Regrow combines industry-leading science and technology to help companies across the agriculture value chain measure, report, and reduce on-farm emissions, using aggregated field-level data to create a baseline. Using its soil carbon models and remote-sensing-based technology, Regrow will help Bartlett identify opportunities to support farmers by calculating high-precision emissions factors and other critical sustainability metrics.

Diverse agribusiness will utilise Regrow’s platform for

PPO herbicides play a vital role in weed control in many crops, and the incorporation of PPO herbicide tolerance in crops provides farmers with a powerful tool to manage weed pressure effectively

PlantArcBio Ltd, an ag-biotech company specialising in gene discovery and biological components to enhance agricultural crop traits, is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the Regulatory Status Review (RSR) conducted by the USDA-APHIS. The review concluded that a modified soybean variety using PlantArcBio’s genetic technology designed to confer resistance to protoporphyrinogen oxidase (PPO) herbicides does not present a plant pest risk and, therefore, may be safely grown and bred in the United States.

PPO herbicides play a vital role in weed control in many crops, and the incorporation of PPO herbicide tolerance in crops provides farmers with a powerful tool to manage weed pressure effectively. PlantArcBio’s novel PPO herbicide-tolerant trait in soybean allows for the use of several classes of PPO herbicides to control resistant and hard-to-control weeds, providing a targeted and efficient approach to weed management without impacting the soybean crop itself.

USDA/APHIS conducted a comprehensive evaluation as part of the RSR and found no plausible pathway by which PlantArcBio’s modified soybean would pose an increased plant pest risk relative to conventional soybean plants. Therefore, PlantArcBio’s modified soybean variety can now be freely planted, bred and commercialised without the need for a permit or regulatory authorisation. 

PPO herbicides play a vital role in

Improved price competitiveness and the shortage of Argentine export supplies have increased foreign demand for Indian soybean meal

India’s oilmeal exports inched up 36 per cent to nearly 290,000 tonnes last month due to increased shipments of soybean and rapeseed meal, according to industry data.

Solvent Extractors’ Association of India (SEA) data indicates that oil meal exports in October increased by 36 per cent YoY, reaching 289,931 tonnes.

Soybean meal exports surged to 87,060 tonnes in October from 40,196 tonnes in the same period last year. During the same period, shipment of rapeseed meal increased to 1,69,422 tonnes from 98,571 tonnes.

Improved price competitiveness and the shortage of Argentine export supplies have increased foreign demand for Indian soybean meal, according to SEA.

Between April and October of this fiscal year, the total export of oilmeals increased by 30 per cent to 2,566,051 tonnes, compared to 1,975,496 tonnes during the same period last year. The export of soybean meal saw a significant jump to 673,910 tonnes in the first seven months of this fiscal year, from 161,534 tonnes in the year-ago period.

Improved price competitiveness and the shortage of

The completed expansion will give local farmers greater market access and a better user experience including faster and more efficient unloading times

Cargill has completed an expansion and modernisation project at its integrated soybean crush and refined oils facility in Sidney, Ohio. The upgraded facility, which came online in September, will help Cargill better serve farmers and meet the growing demand for soy products across food, feed and renewable fuel markets.

The project nearly doubles the previous crush capacity at the facility, providing greater market opportunities for area farmers and feed customers by creating demand for soybeans and offering greater access to soybean meal and hulls. Additionally, customers will have an improved on-site experience, as they will be able to more quickly and efficiently receive soybeans and load out products.

“We’re proud to make this investment at our Sidney facility. We’ve been in business for 45 years here, and we appreciate the long-standing relationships with local farmers, food and feed customers, and the local community,” said Justin Rismiller, U.S. Crush Soy Commercial Leader for Cargill. “This has been a complex project, as we continued to run the existing plant during construction. Thanks to our dedicated team, we can provide a state-of-the-art facility to better serve our customers and the community for generations to come.”

The Cargill crush facility originally opened in 1978, with the refinery added a decade later. Today it serves as a vital link between soybean farmers in the region and customers both nearby and around the globe. The upgraded facility is among several of Cargill’s efforts to modernise and increase capacity across its North American oilseeds network.

The completed expansion will give local farmers

Representatives of women working under Umed from 34 districts across the state attended the event with samples of their produce or farm produce

A state-level ‘Buyer Seller Meet’ was organised at the CIDCO Exhibition Centre in Navi Mumbai by Umed – Maharashtra State Rural Livelihood Mission. The innovative program ‘Buyer Seller Meet’ implemented by Maharashtra State Rural Livelihood Mission to reach out to big companies and buyers will be a milestone. The meet will provide a sustainable market for women’s agricultural and non-agricultural products of Umed Self Help Group. This innovative initiative has received a great response expressed Eknath Dawle, Principal Secretary of the Rural Development Department.

28 agreements were concluded in the presence of representatives of 41 leading chain business companies across the country and representatives of self-help groups and farmers’ women producers’ companies from across the state.

Dawle said, “The Rural Development Department is helping rural women in many ways to become financially independent to make them self-reliant through Umed Abhiyaan. Our women’s products are classy and the best in quality. Now they need to get a permanent market.”

The Principal Secretary appealed to professionals and big companies to come forward and contribute to empowering these women.

Since agriculture is the main occupation of Umed women in rural areas, the main objective of the program was to purchase the agro-based products produced by them in wholesale quantities by different companies or chain traders to get good returns to the farmers. Representatives of women working under Umed from 34 districts across the state attended the event with samples of their produce or farm produce.

In this meet, quality grains and pulses like soybean, chilli, turmeric, tur, gram, maize, millet, ragi, sorghum, spices, jaggery, honey, fruits, herbs, oilseeds etc. products were made available in sample form. Representatives of more than 30 organisations and companies were present as buyers. Buyers’ organisations and representatives of companies showed enthusiasm to sign contracts because of the availability of organic and pure products by women. The interest shown by the buyers in this program will help the women to have a sustainable market in the future.

Representatives of women working under Umed from

Dodhylex active is the first active ingredient in the HRAC/WSSA Group 28 and the first new herbicide with a novel mode of action in the industry

FMC Corporation, a leading global agricultural sciences company, announced Dodhylex active (pronounced DOH’-deh-leks) as the global brand name for tetflupyrolimet, a new mode of action herbicide effective on the most challenging grass weeds in rice.

“The global brand will ensure growers around the world recognise this novel mode of action in the newest herbicide products FMC expects to begin launching in 2025,” said Diane Allemang, FMC executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “Growers worldwide will have the confidence that products powered by Dodhylex active contain FMC’s patented active ingredient that’s backed by seven years of research, development and field testing.”

The Dodhylex name is derived from the site of action – dihydroorotate dehydrogenase – combined with the flexibility of use in both transplanted and direct-seeded rice and the herbicide’s ability to block the nutrients needed for the weed to survive.

“Dodhylex active is the first active ingredient in the HRAC/WSSA Group 28 and the first new herbicide with a novel mode of action in the industry in over three decades,” said Seva Rostovtsev, vice president and chief technology officer. “This new mode of action herbicide was discovered at the FMC Stine Research Centre and is a testament to FMC’s commitment to innovation and our disciplined approach to advancing the most promising new molecules. The molecule is a significant advancement for the agriculture industry as it will help combat resistant weeds.”

Studies show Dodhylex actively provides season-long control of important grass weeds in the rice market, as well as key broadleaf weeds and sedges. FMC is also testing Dodhylex active in other crops, including sugarcane, wheat, soybean and corn. 

Dodhylex active is the first active ingredient

The insecticide falls in the Green category and is being produced by IIL under the Make in India initiative that would benefit marginal and small farmers in India

Insecticides (India) Limited (IIL), an agrochemical company has announced the insecticide ‘Mission’ which would attack different types of lepidopteran pests affecting sugarcane crops and other crops like paddy, soybean and vegetables.

According to the company statement, the insecticide Mission will be available in granules as well as liquid form. The insecticide falls in the Green category and is being produced by IIL under the Make in India initiative that would benefit marginal and small farmers in India. It was imported earlier. The mission is well designed to control the spread of stem borer and leaf folders in paddy and other crops.

Rajesh Aggarwal, Managing Director, Insecticides (India), said, “We are pleased to launch Mission today under our Make in India Initiative after Torry, Green Label, Dominant and Stunner. The mission is the latest technology insecticide which can be used on a variety of crops and provide good control to farmers against lepidopteran pests, ensuring good crop health and high yield. We are confident that Mission will help our Indian farmers to improve their income through effective protection for a superior harvest.”

The insecticide falls in the Green category

The market for Pyroxasulfone is more than 450 crore; BAL will introduce the Pyroxasulfone products in October this year

Best Agrolife Ltd. (BAL), stated that it has been granted registration for the domestic production of Pyroxasulfone 85 per cent WG and three other key technicals. In its 447th meeting, the Central Insecticides Board & Registration Committee (CIBRC) authorised one of BAL’s fully owned subsidiaries, Seedlings India Pvt Ltd, to manufacture Pyroxasulfone 85 per cent WG domestically by section 9(3) FIM vs. FIT.

“This is a significant advancement for us. In addition to our proud innovation Ronfen, we launched several 9(3) and generic products in FY23, and we have similar intentions for FY24. With this new registration in hand, BAL has become the first and only agrochemical firm in India to produce both AI and formulations of Pyroxasulfone. We already hold the registration for the manufacturing of Pyroxasulfone technical. We will launch this product in October of this year as we have both product registrations. For the same, we have also applied for a special process patent, which we will receive soon. We have already submitted registration applications in other countries since we intend to manufacture this product for both national and international markets,” said Vimal Kumar, MD, Best Agrolife Ltd. 

Pyroxasulfone is a pre-emergence herbicide for wheat, corn and soybean that ensures increased yields while offering outstanding crop safety by eliminating weeds that pose a threat to these crops. It works by preventing plants from synthesising, particularly long-chain fatty acids. It is more effective against broadleaf weeds and requires fewer applications than other commercial herbicides. The primary troublesome weed in wheat, Phalaris minor, is controlled by Pyroxasulfone 85 per cent WG. 

“The market for Pyroxasulfone is already worth over 450 crores, and demand will only increase in the years to come. We are confident in our ability to successfully penetrate the 150 cr Pyroxasulfone market in the first year after introduction, and we want to steadily expand it in the following year. In total, we are planning to achieve 300-350 cr of the Proxysulfone market in the following three years. Pyroxasulfone was previously imported by India from other countries. But now, as part of the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ drive, it will be locally produced and readily available to farmers. They will benefit greatly from this because they will receive a superior product at a lower cost,” said Vimal Kumar. 
It is worth mentioning that, BAL has recently received the registration for the indigenous manufacturing of the combination product Trifloxystrobin 10 per cent + Difenoconazole 12.5 per cent + Sulphur 3 per cent Sc under section 9 (3) FIM. This combination effectively controls several crop diseases like Sheath blight, Powdery Mildew, Scab, and Alternaria in Rice, Tomato, Grapes, Chilli, Wheat, Mango, and Apple. BAL is all set to launch this product in July with the brand name Tricolor. 

The market for Pyroxasulfone is more than

Pairing InnerPlant’s technology with Mertec’s elite soybean germplasm could lead to crops that emit signals when they’re under stress from pathogens

InnerPlant, the company creating a new category of seed technology that unlocks data and makes global farming more efficient and sustainable, and Mertec LLC, a leading breeder and developer of soybean germplasm for the seed trade, announced an agreement to bring InnerPlant traits into Mertec LLC’s proprietary germplasm.

Pairing InnerPlant’s technology with Mertec’s elite soybean germplasm could lead to crops that emit signals when they’re under stress from pathogens or lack water or nutrients. Critically, the signals are visible from satellites, as well as tractors, and appear weeks before farmers would be able to see problems in the field.

“Farmers and agronomists understand that plants possess inherent knowledge of their needs,” said Joe Merschman, president of Mertec LLC. “This emerging field of seed technology holds the potential to enhance our understanding of these requirements, leading to improved efficiency and higher yields.”

Studies show that farmers lose as much as 40 per cent of yields or $220 billion worldwide due to pathogens in spite of overapplication that sees as much as 30 per cent or $250 billion of pesticides wasted – negatively impacting our air, water and soil.

Earlier detection and more responsive, plant-specific interventions offer a way to prevent waste and losses but historically farmers lacked early actionable data. InnerPlant’s new category of seed technology delivers traits that tap directly into plants’ physiology and provide farmers with actionable data that is both early and specific to particular stresses in a scalable and economical way.

“Better data directly from plants gives farmers the tools they need to increase yields while reducing chemical inputs,” said Shely Aronov, CEO and founder of InnerPlant. “Combining our new category of seed technology with Mertec’s elite germplasm is a key step toward putting that data into farmers’ hands.”

News of the agreement with Mertec follows InnerPlant’s recent collaboration with Satellogic to build the first-ever instrument designed to detect human-made crop signals from space and launch it onboard a satellite in Q4 2023.

Pairing InnerPlant’s technology with Mertec’s elite soybean

The companies have a multi-year collaboration to develop and commercialise soybean varieties that can create a potential new value stream opportunity for soybean farmers

Corteva Agriscience and Bunge announced significant advancements in the development of more nutritious soybean meals for the animal feed industry, specifically suited for poultry, swine and aqua feed. The companies have a multi-year collaboration to develop and commercialise soybean varieties that can create a potential new value stream opportunity for soybean farmers while giving feed compounders a new option to reduce their use of synthetic additives, lower costs, and shrink their carbon footprint.

Through this collaboration, Corteva is leveraging its expertise in germplasm, gene editing, and traits discovery to develop soybean varieties with greater protein content, optimised amino acid profiles, and lower levels of anti-nutritional factors. Early field trial research has confirmed Corteva’s approach to boosting protein levels and significantly increasing the proportion of the key amino acids methionine and lysine in the soybean while maintaining the high field and oil yields. 

“The future of food production hinges on developing new tools and technology to help farmers sustainably meet their production goals,” said Dr Tom Greene, VP, of Biotechnology, Corteva Agriscience. “Our collaboration with Bunge aligns with our commitment to sustainable innovation while supporting improved animal performance and greater value opportunities for livestock and row crop farmers. Our next step is to bring the higher-protein, enhanced-amino acid profile into a commercial soybean variety that offers the best value for soybean farmers.” 

Bunge will be the exclusive processor of the oilseed as well as an exclusive merchandiser of the high-value meal and oil, leveraging its deep farmer relationships and existing facilities to source the oilseed and deliver incremental value to farmers, feed compounders and animal protein producers.

Globally, sales of synthetic methionine and lysine for feed applications exceed $10 billion annually, and the market is expected to grow with underlying animal protein demand. 

“As a global leader in oilseed processing, we are uniquely positioned to leverage upstream and downstream partnerships with leading and innovative industry players to unlock value for our farmers and customers. We are very pleased by the early results of this collaboration with Corteva,” said Kaleb Belzer, VP of Protein Ingredients at Bunge. “Naturally over-expressing methionine and lysine will make soybean meal an even better ingredient for our feed customers, enabling them to significantly reduce or even eliminate the use of expensive synthetic additives and to cut the carbon emissions associated with those supply chains, which is multiples larger than that of soybean meal.” 

The companies have a multi-year collaboration to

Syngenta Crop Protection, a global leader in agricultural innovation, is launching the world’s first commercial digital solution to diagnose infestations of plant-parasitic nematodes in soyabean crops by analysing photographs taken from satellites.

Plant-parasitic nematodes are microscopic parasites living in the soil that feed on plant roots, opening pathways to further fungal infections and threatening plant health, crop quality and yield. These harmful nematodes account for as much as $ 150 billion in crop losses globally each year.

The new digital tool uses a unique, proprietary algorithm to analyse images of fields obtained by satellites, allowing it to identify areas of high infestations of plant-parasitic nematodes in crops and estimate potential losses caused by these microscopic parasites.  Using the tool, farmers can make quick adjustments to their field management practices, helping them avoid losses in yield, as well as optimising the use of inputs, improving the sustainability of their farms.

Syngenta will first market this service to soybean farmers in Brazil, where the company already offers an extensive range of advanced digital solutions. Soybean is one of the most important crops in the world for its vital role in food production, and Brazil accounts for approximately 35 per cent of global soybean production. In Brazil, plant-parasitic nematodes cause estimated losses in soybean production amounting to more than $5.4 billion a year. So far, the threat from harmful nematodes has been largely invisible and insufficiently understood, and estimates say that Brazilian farmers lose as much as 30 per cent of their yield in highly infested areas.

“Harmful nematodes that devastate crops are a major threat to farmers and food security, and Syngenta is using cutting-edge digital solutions to help combat these pests,” said Jeff Rowe, President Global Crop Protection. “We are excited to be launching this product in Brazil, and there is great potential to scale this solution to other countries and crops and transform the decision-making capabilities for growers.”

This first-of-its-kind innovation is the culmination of a multi-year collaboration with Swiss-based AgTech startup Gamaya SA – a spin-off from Switzerland’s Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne – bringing together its highly specialised expertise in algorithm development together with Syngenta’s agronomic and crop knowledge. Syngenta is integrating this advanced digital solution within its own digital technology platform, CROPWISE™.

“At Syngenta, we will continue to invest in machine learning and data science, to develop further breakthrough offers for farmers,” said Feroz Sheikh, Chief Information and Digital Officer of Syngenta Group. “The technology is a great addition to our CROPWISETM platform, which already digitally connects almost 200 million acres of land, and underlines our commitment to invest in and partner with providers in the AgTech space.”

The introduction of the digital diagnosis and mapping tool for harmful nematodes comes as Syngenta launches TYMIRIUM® technology globally, its next-generation nematicide and fungicide for both seed and soil uses that can help farmers maximise crop output while preserving soil biodiversity and health.

Syngenta Crop Protection, a global leader in

Corteva Agriscience and BASF Agricultural Solutions have announced their agreement to develop future herbicide-tolerant soyabeans and complementing herbicides for farmers in North America and beyond. The collaboration aims to bring competitive alternatives to manage resistant and tough-to-control weeds through innovative trait stacks and durable, long-lasting modes of action. 

Farmers will benefit from broader weed management options and strong germplasm choices from both BASF and Corteva seed brands. The strategic cross-licensing agreement includes the development of new trait stacks, as well as optimised herbicide options for future weed control.

“The spirit of our cooperation is to drive innovations that make a difference for farmers,” said Dr Peter Eckes, President R&D and Regulatory of BASF Agricultural Solutions. “Our new PPO trait in combination with our leading herbicide products and exciting herbicides pipeline gives soybean farmers new options in managing challenging weeds. Collaborating also strengthens our branded soybean seed business.”

“Expanding options for soybean farmers to manage weed challenges with the herbicides that work best for their operation is one of our priorities,” said Dr Sam Eathington, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology and Digital Officer, Corteva Agriscience. We know farmers who prefer the weed control system will need additional, new modes of action as they work to improve the sustainability of their weed-control practices.”

Corteva Agriscience and BASF Agricultural Solutions have announced

Hoarding of seeds have pushed up the prices of soybean oil

Inspections have revealed very large hoardings of soybean and mustard seeds in the Dewas, Shajapur and Guna districts of Madhya Pradesh. These seeds were much above the stock limit prescribed by the government. Hoarding of seeds have pushed up the prices of soybean oil. The State Government has been asked to step in to take necessary action under the EC Act, 1955.

In Maharashtra and Rajasthan, large quantities of edible oils were found more than the prescribed quantities of the control order. Wholesalers and big chain retail outlets were the main violators. The state governments have been requested to take corrective measures as per the relevant sections of the EC Act.

Inspection is ongoing in the remaining five states. The state governments of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have also been requested to ensure that the supply chain is not affected while taking action under EC Act.

Hoarding of seeds have pushed up the

Rhizo-Flo is a unique and leading soybean inoculant designed to deliver high concentrations of viable and effective cells and ultimately improve yields

AMVAC and BASF are pleased to announce a collaboration to develop Rhizo-Flo granular soybean inoculant as an exciting addition to the expanding SIMPAS-applied Solutions portfolio.

Rhizo-Flo is a unique and leading soybean inoculant designed to deliver high concentrations of viable and effective Bradyrhizobium cells and ultimately improve yields. When Rhizo-Flo inoculant is utilized, the Bradyrhizobium sp multiplies, penetrating the soybean plant root system to form nodules that allow the soybean plant to fix nitrogen. As growers strive to push soybeans to higher yields, Rhizo-Flo inoculant is another important tool the grower has available to achieve yield objectives and improve bottom-line results.

Rhizo-Flo would join a growing portfolio of SIMPAS-applied Solutions (SaS), which are products prescriptively applied with patented SmartCartridge container technology and using the SIMPAS application system to address unique agronomic needs. Across the SaS portfolio are insecticides, nematicides, fungicides, micronutrients, and solutions for soil health and fertilizer efficiency. 

“AMVAC is excited to collaborate with BASF to develop Rhizo-Flo for use as a SIMPAS-applied Solution that can be applied with the SIMPAS system,” said Jim Lappin, Director of SIMPAS Portfolio and Alliances at AMVAC. “SIMPAS gives growers the flexibility to apply exactly what’s prescribed, precisely where it’s needed.”

Rhizo-Flo is a unique and leading soybean