• US: The six most concerning pesticides on produce 2020-09-01 Six pesticides play an oversized role in undermining the safety of the fruits and vegetables Americans regularly consume. These pesticides contribute the most risk in the lowest-rated fruits and vegetables in CR’s study.In some cases, a pesticide appeared in almost all of the sam...
  • Chinese researchers develop new method to control fall armyworm 2020-09-01 Chinese researchers have developed a more targeted approach to control fall armyworm by using drones to spray a new kind of granular pesticide, according to the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS).Fall armyworm larvae usually live deep inside corn leaves, making it di...
  • Herbicide Dicamba Banned by U.S. Court of Appeals 2020-09-01 After years of complaints by farmers about the harmful effects of the herbicide dicamba, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled that the sale and use of the pesticide is now illegal.   A weed killer, dicamba has been used for decades to kill weeds before crops were p...
  • Explained: Why Punjab govt’s temporary ban on nine pesticides can’t put a stop on their use 2020-08-28 Punjab government, through a notification, has banned the usage of nine pesticides, generally used for Basmati and non Basmati crops, for 60 days — August 14 to October 14. There are over 10,000 pesticide dealers in Punjab and almost all of them had stocked up ahead of the sowing...
  • Mancozeb: Facing regulatory challenges 2020-08-27 Mancozeb, a broad-spectrum protective fungicide with multi-site modes of action, has been used in agriculture for over half a century, with an annual total consumption of 166,000 tons and annual sales of some US$1.03 billion. It grew very fast and is now the world’s second leadin...
  • Glyphosate herbicide harms even GM glyphosate-tolerant soybeans 2020-08-27 Scientists have found that spraying with glyphosate -based herbicide triggers unintended effects even in genetically modified soybean varieties resistant to these types of pesticide. They report their findings in a new study published in Environmental Sciences Europe.The research...
  • Brazil breaks biological control pesticide registration record 2020-08-26 Brazil broke the record in the registration of biological control pesticides this year. With the publication of new registrations by the Ministry of Agriculture (Mapa) on 20th August, in the Federal Official Gazette, the total number of registrations in 2020 is 56 low-impact prod...
  • Glufosinate: Expected growth amidst stable supply, demand 2020-08-26 According to data from Phillips McDougall and KLEFFMANN, the global market value of glufosinate-ammonium, or glufosinate for short, in 2018 was US$750 million, accounting for 10% of the global non-selective herbicide market and 3.2% of the total herbicide market. Other non-select...
  • The illusion of a revival in Indian agricultural sector 2020-08-20 Most recent economic indicators suggest a modest recovery compared to the first two months of India’s lockdown. But when compared to the data of last year, it also becomes clear that an economic comeback is likely to be a long-drawn affair. There is also a consensus that a recove...
  • Flying high: the future of drone technology in Indian agriculture 2020-08-14 The adoption of modern technologies in agriculture, such as the use of drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) can revolutionize the way we prepare for and respond to disasters that affect the livelihoods of vulnerable farmers and the country’s food security. External factors l...