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Andy Beer

Andy Beer is the Deputy Editor at Agrow. His specialisms are in business and product developments (agrochemicals and GM crops) in North America, Australasia and Japan.

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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Sumitomo acquires Nufarm's S American business

Sumitomo Chemical has completed the acquisition of Nufarm’s South American crop protection and seed treatment business.


New active ingredients registered or launched in 2020

New active ingredients registered or launched in a new market in 2020, with links to the original articles


US maize and soybean areas to rise in 2020

US farmers are expected to plant considerably more maize and soybeans this year than in 2019, according to the USDA’s March forecast. 

United States USDA

Nufarm agchem sales down 12% in first half

Double-digit sales declines in all regions except Europe contributed to an 11.8% fall in Nufarm’s crop protection sales to Aus$854.4 million (US$495.2 million at the current rate) in the six months to January 1st, which was the first half of its fiscal 2020.

Financial Results

Syngenta debuts Saltro Duo in Australia

Syngenta has launched its pydiflumetofen (trade-marked as Adepidyn)-based fungicidal seed treatment, Saltro Duo, in Australia.

Seed treatments Fungicides

Kemin to distribute Laboratoire M2’s Thymox Control in US

US company Kemin Crop Technologies (Des Moines, Iowa) has agreed to distribute Canadian technology company Laboratoire M2’s (Sherbrooke, Quebec) thyme oil-based biopesticide, Thymox Control, in the US for use on specialty crops and in commercial greenhouses. 

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