AgriBusinessGlobal.com: Top 10 Most Popular Stories in 2017

The editors at AgriBusinessGlobal.com always get excited putting together our website’s list of the most-read stories of the year. To us, it reveals a lot about how our audience feels about the global crop protection market. What did you find interesting? Share-worthy? Shocking?

You loved the stories about mergers and acquisitions. What will the top 10 crop protection companies look like, post mega-mergers?

You were intrigued by the Chinese supply crunch. What options and opportunities do post-patent players and retailers have as the unknowns of supply constraints and consolidation from the Big 6 to the Big 3 take hold? Is it 2008 all over again?

You were curious about the crop protection market in India. Is “Make in India” poised to end the tide of booming Chinese exports? And how is AgroStar leading the way to simplify India’s distribution?

And you paid close attention to news about changes in the distribution channel. What’s the Farmers Business Network next move? And what factors — both legacy and new — are combining to set the stage for some dramatic alterations to how ag retailers operate their businesses?

From the 652 stories we posted on AgriBusinessGlobal.com in 2017, here are the Top 10. Check them out if you missed them the first time around, or if you want to read them again.

AgriBusinessGlobal.com Top 10 Stories in 2017

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Europe

Spain, Italy: Tracking the EU Powers in Crop Protection

Three months into 2018, many of results of the Kleffmann end-user panels for 2017 are finalized. They confirm our view

Americas

U.S. Farm Bill Draft Defines Plant Biostimulants for First Time

Definition is a critical step in the legislative process to support the development of new sustainable technologies for agriculture and U.S. farmers.

Markets

Bayer Gains Russian Approval for Monsanto Deal

Bayer AG said Friday that Russian antitrust authorities have approved its proposed $57 billion acquisition of Monsanto Co. on the

Asia

Indian IoT Platform for Pre and Post Harvest Raises Seed Round

Indian startup AgNext has raised an undisclosed seed round led by India-focused Agtech VC Omnivore Partners along with Singaporean angel

Africa/Middle East

Zambia’s AGCO Enters Retail Finance Partnership

The new partnership between AGCO, its national distributor BHBW Zambia Limited and the Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc (Zanaco) will provide retail financial solutions for farmers purchasing machinery.

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Africa/Middle East

Fall Armyworm a Serious Threat to Sub-Sarahan African Food Security in 2018

Once considered a pest plaguing only North and South America, the fall armyworm (FAW) arrived in Africa in force in

Agrichemicals

Talking Dicamba: Q&A with Heartland Co-Op’s Dave Coppess

Dave Coppess, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Heartland Co-op, West Des Moines, Iowa, chats about the company’s experience with dicamba-resistant cropping systems.

Markets

AgriThority Expands Services in Australia and New Zealand

AgriThority, an agricultural science consultancy focused on accelerating new technologies to commercialization in markets around the world, enhances its product

Americas

Syngenta Acquires Abbott & Cobb

Syngenta announced it agreed to acquire Abbott & Cobb, a U.S.-owned independent breeder, producer, and marketer of vegetable seeds.

Indian-pesticides
Asia

PMFAI: Foreign Companies Must Stop Importing Pesticides without Registering

There is an unnoticed scam of more than Rs 7,000 crore by permitting import of readymade pesticide formulations by multinational

Americas

In Trade War, U.S. Soy May Be Safe – Rabobank

As the trade dispute between China and the United States intensifies, China's dependency on U.S. soybeans may limit its ability to set tariffs, a new Rabobank report says.

Americas

Ag Software Firm Agrian Expands to Brazil

Since beginning in 2004 as a cloud-based record keeping system, Agrian has quickly expanded its digital capabilities to include a platform approach to help agronomists, growers, retailers, and food processors work collaboratively within one system.

Americas

Rise of Robotics: Q&A with Naïo Technologies CEO

One to watch in the growing agribotics niche is Naïo Technologies out of Toulouse, France.

Agrichemicals

U.S. Approves Bayer-Monsanto Merger – WSJ

The U.S. Justice Department has approved Bayer AG’s acquisition of Monsanto Co. after the companies pledged to sell off additional assets to secure government antitrust approval.

Monsanto
Agrichemicals

Lower U.S. Corn Plantings, Prices in Brazil Impact Monsanto Results

Monsanto reports improved glyphosate pricing in the second quarter.

Agrichemicals

BASF Launches Spray Tool for Engenia

BASF on Wednesday launched its Engenia Herbicide Spray Tool to help growers make on-target applications.

Africa/Middle East

Staphyt Opens Experimental Station in Morocco

Agrosciences and regulatory CRO Staphyt announced it opened its first phytosanitary experimental station in Meknes, Morocco in March.

Asia

India’s Crystal Buys 3 Syngenta Seed Brands

The brands include Mahalaxmi (sorghum), Atheeva (pearl millet) and SX-17 (fodder sorghum).

Rice Closeup
Agrichemicals

Arysta Licenses Meiji’s Insecticide for Rice in India

Flupyrimin is a new proprietary active ingredient that provides effective control of damaging pests in rice and other important crops.

Latest News

Europe

Spain, Italy: Tracking the EU Powers in Crop Protection

Three months into 2018, many of results of the Kleffmann end-user panels for 2017 are finalized. They confirm our view

Americas

U.S. Farm Bill Draft Defines Plant Biostimulants for First Time

Definition is a critical step in the legislative process to support the development of new sustainable technologies for agriculture and U.S. farmers.

Markets

Bayer Gains Russian Approval for Monsanto Deal

Bayer AG said Friday that Russian antitrust authorities have approved its proposed $57 billion acquisition of Monsanto Co. on the

Asia

Indian IoT Platform for Pre and Post Harvest Raises Seed Round

Indian startup AgNext has raised an undisclosed seed round led by India-focused Agtech VC Omnivore Partners along with Singaporean angel

Industry News

Verdesian Launches Renewed Focus on Grower Nutrient Use Efficiency

Verdesian Life Sciences has announced a reformulation of its mission, positioning statement and approach in order to create a more