Andy briefly served as UK Editor in 1995 and spent a year as North American Editor 1997/98. He has spent much of his career specialising in US legal and regulatory issues. His main focus now is on business and product news.
Andy compiles the annual top 20 ranking of agrochemical companies and monthly round-ups of M&A activity and new active ingredient approvals/launches.
He has a BSc in agricultural botany.
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Latest From Andy Beer
Nissan Chemical's consolidated agrochemical sales (including some veterinary products) fell by 6% to ¥5,969 million ($54.4 million) in the three months to December 31st 2018.
The area to be planted with winter wheat in the US this year is expected to have fallen by 3.8% to 31.3 million acres (12.7 million ha), according to the USDA's delayed January forecast.
The acquisition of certain crop protection assets from DuPont (part of DowDuPont) boosted FMC's agrochemical sales by 26.9% to $1,099.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Japanese company Nippon Kayaku recorded an undisclosed increase in agrochemical sales during the first nine months of its fiscal year ending March 31st 2019. Revenues rose in Japan and overseas.
The US EPA has established a tolerance exemption for residues of glycine betaine when used as an inert ingredient in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops.
The Canadian company, Vive Crop Protection (Toronto, Ontario), has received US approval for its azoxystrobin-based fungicide, AZteroid FC 3.3.