Brazil methamidophos ban to hit soybean growers
The cancellation of the Brazilian registrations of the organophosphate insecticide, methamidophos, is to cost soybean growers dearly. The national confederation of agriculture, the CNA, has released findings from a study by the Brazilian agribusiness research agency, the CEPEA, showing the cost per hectare of insecticides for the control of brown stink bugs ( Euschistus heros), and red banded stink bugs ( Piezodorus guildinii) on soybeans. The application of methamidophos, at the recommended 0.5 litre/ha, would cost growers R$6.62 ($3.85 at the current rate)/ ha. The CEPEA used prices from May to July this year.