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BASF contests $250 million punitive damage award in US dicamba case

A US federal judge will give BASF an opportunity to convince him that the company should not be liable for any of the $250 million in punitive damages awarded by a federal jury to a Missouri farmer who alleged that his peach orchard was severely damaged by dicamba herbicides.

United States Legal

Canada OKs Syngenta’s Ference insecticide

The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has approved Syngenta’s insecticide, Ference (cyantraniliprole), for use on turf and ornamentals.

Insecticides Canada

US Tolerance Tracker update (January 2020)

The January 2020 update of the US Tolerance Tracker is available in the Agrow Data section.

United States

Syngenta debuts Saltro in US

Syngenta has launched its fungicidal/nematicidal seed treatment, Saltro (pydiflumetofen – trade-marked as Adepidyn), for use on soybeans in the US.
Syngenta Fungicides

Adama gains US approval for two rice herbicides

ChemChina subsidiary Adama has received US approval for the rice herbicides, Vopak 3ME (clomazone) and Zurax L (quinclorac-methyl). 

Herbicides & PGRs Adama

Canada to expand approval of Asperello biofungicide

The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has proposed the expanded approval of Spanish company Biocontrol Technologies’ biofungicide, Asperello T34 Biocontrol (Trichoderma asperellum strain T34), for use on greenhouse vegetables, ornamentals and cannabis. 

Canada PMRA

Canada confirms continued registration of dimethomorph

The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has confirmed the continued registration of the fungicide, dimethomorph, following a review of the active ingredient and its associated end-use products. 

Canada PMRA

Canada looks at agchem/seed anti-competitive practice allegations

The Canadian Competition Bureau has obtained court orders to advance an ongoing investigation into alleged anti-competitive practices by suppliers of crop protection products and seed in western Canada.

BASF Bayer Crop Science

Canada OKs continued use of Mycostop

The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has confirmed the continued registration of Finnish company Verdera’s biofungicide, Mycostop (Streptomyces griseoviridis strain K61), following a re-evaluation of the active ingredient and associated end-use products. 

Canada PMRA

Active ingredients banned or restricted in 2019/20

Active ingredients banned or restricted in various parts of the world in 2019/20, with links to original articles.

Fungicides Herbicides & PGRs

First open field test of GM moths in US

Researchers at the US Cornell University have conducted the first open field release of self-limiting genetically modified diamondback moths (Plutella xylostella). 

Research United States

US EPA proposes interim moves on neonics

The US EPA has proposed interim decisions in the registration reviews of the neonicotinoid insecticides, acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. 

United States EPA
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