Monsanto to Launch NemaStrike Technology for Nematodes

In time for the 2018 planting season, Monsanto Company now offers NemaStrike Technology by Acceleron Seed Applied Solutions as a game-changing solution to control the invisible and invasive nematode problem causing greater than 10 percent1 yield loss in corn, soybeans and cotton.

As a broad-spectrum nematicide, NemaStrike Technology is designed to strike in the root zone where nematodes attack while providing consistent yield protection. Monsanto’s Seed Treatment Product Development Manager, Davie Wilson says this technology stands apart as a means to protect yield.

“The launch of NemaStrike Technology is exciting because the technology provides broad-spectrum control of plant parasitic nematodes in corn, soybeans, and cotton,” said Wilson. Wilson also noted the timing could not be more perfect. “Today, many growers underestimate the severe impact nematodes have on yield and overall crop health, and it is important to us to educate them about the issue. NemaStrike Technology addresses this important unmet need.”

Nematodes impact all crops, but growers often do not attribute yield loss to the plant parasite. In fact, a recent survey found that only 8 percent of corn growers and 25 percent of soybean growers2 believe nematodes impacted their 2016 yields. Growers often believe relying on genetics or crop rotation will control nematodes and do not actively pursue other methods and tools of mitigating nematode damage.

“Genetic resistance is not the silver bullet for the nematode problem,” said Wilson. “Nematode damage is often misattributed to other issues, such as drought stress, fertility deficiency and disease pressure. That’s one of the reasons why we developed our Ground Breakers program to give growers a hands-on experience with offerings like NemaStrike Technology. Growers conducting trials with NemaStrike Technology can test its performance in nematode control and yield protection while gaining a better understanding of the problem.”

In 43 states across the U.S., more than 438 Ground Breakers pre-commercial field trials for corn, soybeans and cotton are underway. Mat Muirheid, a soybean and corn grower from Decatur, Illinois, is one Ground Breakers participant who planted soybean seeds with NemaStrike Technology and has already noticed results in the field.

After inspecting the soybean roots following a recent root dig, Muirheid said, “You can see more lateral roots, more nodules and a bigger root system on the NemaStrike Technology soybeans vs. the soybeans without the technology. The roots are very impressive.”

Muirheid adds he was skeptical any results would appear this early in the growing season but is glad to see the response. “This field had been four years of corn, and I was concerned that the nematode pressure wouldn’t be heavy enough to show any results. I was glad to see we had a better root on the NemaStrike side,” said Muirheid.

With a novel mode of action and low water solubility, NemaStrikeTechnology defends crops from the start and stays in the root zone as plants grow—for up to 75 days. The technology also has demonstrated consistent yield protection in hundreds of field trials, over three years of testing, in all soil types and levels of pressure. Trial results showed an average yield protection advantage in corn (7 Bu/A), soybeans (3 Bu/A) and cotton (80 Lbs. Lint/A) vs. the competitive standard.*

In May, the U.S. EPA issued registration for the product containing NemaStrike Technology. Since the approval, the technology has gained approval for application to seeds in 45 states. To find more information about nematodes or NemaStrike Technology, visit

  1. Ferris, Howard. “Nematodes and Plant Damage.” University of California, 1 Oct. 2015. Web.
  2. AgriThority; 2016 nematode sampling study conducted in the U.S. Corn Belt

* Results of three-year field trials across all locations and thresholds (2014, 2015, 2016) vs. competitive standard. Individual results will vary based on nematode pressure in each field. Trial results: corn (7 Bu/A; N = 100 trials), soybeans (3 Bu/A; N = 113 trials) and cotton (80 Lbs. Lint/A; N = 51 trials)


Leave a Reply



STK’s REGEV Hybrid Fungicide now Available in Serbia for Apple Scab

STK bio-ag technologies, a leading company in the development and marketing of botanical-based food protection solutions, has announced that REGEV


Study: Weeds Cause Annual Crop Loss of $11 Billion in India

Weeds lead to India losing an average of $11 billion each year in 10 major crops, according to a study,


Chile Estimates More Expensive Agrochemicals in 2018

Andreas Kobrich has his eyes set on the current wheat harvest. As general secretary of the Wheat Growers’ Association in


BASF Protects Fungicide Intellectual Property Rights with Patent Infringement Lawsuit

BASF has filed a lawsuit against Willowood LLC to halt the ongoing infringement of certain BASF patents relating to the

Corn field Ohio

HELM Agro US Expands Portfolio with Four New Herbicides

HELM Agro US, Inc. has launched four new crop protection products in the first quarter of 2018. In total, HELM


Insecticides: Making the Most of Limited Chemistries

While no widespread, plague-like insect infestations hit growers in 2017, a number of traited Bt crops continued to struggle under


Opinion: Why the Crop Protection Industry Needs Strategic Vision

The crop protection industry faces a dilemma. In the uncertain and globally competitive world of crop protection, focus has primarily


Global Crop Protection Market: Overcoming Challenges and Finding Opportunity in 2018

The end of the old year and start of the new is a natural time to reflect on where we’ve


ADAMA’s Global R&D Center Launches Operations in Nanjing

Global crop protection group ADAMA, the combination of Adama Agricultural Solutions Ltd. and Hubei Sanonda Co., Ltd., has inaugurated its


Bayer Inaugurates New Greenhouse for Insecticide Research

Bayer is aiming to consolidate its leading position in the global pest control market. To this end, the company has


Cropchem Doubles Portfolio with Seven New Formulations in 2017

After obtaining the registration of Meson 480 SC (Mesotrione 480 SC) in December 2017, Cropchem closed the year with seven


Update Your Listing: The AgriBusiness Global Sourcing Network

We are beginning to update our database for the 2018 AgriBusiness Global® Sourcing Directory. Last year’s directory included more than


EPA: Monsanto’s Glyphosate Likely Not Carcinogenic to People

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has said that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto Co.’s top-selling weedkiller Roundup, is not


Agrichemicals: India Has Room to Grow

India is growing and it is growing at a fast pace. The growth has been seen on every front —


Court Cancels Publicly Held Syngenta Shares

Syngenta has announced that the Appellate Court Basel-City (Appellationsgericht Basel-Stadt) has cancelled all publicly held registered shares of Syngenta AG.


ADAMA Opens New Global Formulation Center in Jiangsu Province

Global crop protection group ADAMA, the combination of Adama Agricultural Solutions Ltd. and Hubei Sanonda Co., Ltd., has announced that


Eurofins Finalizes Acquisition of EAG Laboratories

Eurofins Scientific, parent company to Eurofins Agroscience Services Group, has announced the successful closing of the transaction to acquire EAG


Syngenta May Start Local Production of Crop Protection in Russia

Switzerland’s Syngenta is considering setting up local production facilities of crop protection products in Russia rather than relying on importing


Another U.S. State Announces Restrictions on Using Herbicide Dicamba

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota announced restrictions Tuesday on how farmers can use the herbicide dicamba in 2018, responding to complaints

Latest News


China Pesticide Exporting Workshop Highlights Price Trends, Supply Strategies

China is a major pesticide producer and exporter. It provides abundant pesticides ranging from herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, plant growth regulators


EU’s Race to Zero Tolerance Risks Global Trade and Farmer Livelihoods

Whether it’s almonds from the United States, cocoa from Ghana, or rice from India, we enjoy eating good food from


Staphyt Opens New Regulatory Office and Trial Site in Austria

The regulatory division of the Staphyt Group (Staphyt Regulatory) specializes in regulatory consulting (agrochemicals, biocides, etc.) and supports manufacturers in

Africa/Middle East

Sub-Saharan Africa: Time for a Paradigm Shift to Sustainable Farming Practices

Farming in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has remained fairly conventional over the years and involves intensive use of synthetic chemicals and


India Aims to Deliver Groundbreaking Agricultural Blockchain

It’s become a joke in some circles. Just cash in by inventing a blockchain for something. A blockchain for dentists?