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MANA announces the promotion of Bettner to manage the Southern region

MANA has promoted Troy Bettner to the position of Southern regional business manager. Previously, he served as the company’s senior product manager, fungicides.

“Troy has done an outstanding job of managing MANA’s growing portfolio of fungicide products. His strong management background, exceptional communications skills and broad experience will serve him well in his new role,” says Mark Bishop, MANA vice president of sales.

Bettner joined MANA in 2005. For the previous 12 years, he served in a variety of sales, management, market research and brand marketing positions for DowElanco, Dow AgroScience and Eli Lilly and Company. He is a 1993 graduate of California Polytechnic State University, majoring in agriculture business management and earned a MBA degree from Purdue in 2001.

Bettner resides in Cary, N.C., and will manage the region’s area business managers from there.

LibertyLink soybeans approved for import into Korea

Bayer CropScience is pleased to announce that it has received LibertyLink soybean import approval from Korean regulatory authorities. This milestone will enhance the launch of LibertyLink soybeans in the 2009 crop season.

“We are very pleased that LibertyLink soybeans are now cleared for import into Korea,” says Andy Hurst, product manager, Herbicide Tolerant Traits and Ignite herbicide at Bayer CropScience. “LibertyLink varieties combined with Ignite herbicide give soybean growers the only nonselective alternative to glyphosate-tolerant systems. LibertyLink soybeans provide similar over-the-top convenience and management benefits, including a means to avoid or manage weed resistance.”

LibertyLink soybeans are fully approved for food, feed and cultivation in the United States and Canada. Prior to commercialization in December 2008, import approvals were obtained in key export markets with biotech product approval processes, including Australia, China, the European Union, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, South Africa and Taiwan.

“This year will be the first planting season since 1996 that farmers have access to new biotech enhanced soybean traits. LibertyLink soybeans can be planted, harvested, commingled and shipped without restriction,” says ASA president Johnny Dodson, a soybean producer from Halls, Tenn.

Syngenta sponsors Farmer Swap

We’ve all thought about how it might feel to walk in someone else’s shoes for a day – or in this case, we probably should say boots.

This summer, Syngenta Seed Care will grant five soybean growers the unique opportunity to learn how their counterparts in different growing regions grow soybeans through the first Farmer Swap Sweepstakes, sponsored by CruiserMaxx Beans brand insecticide/fungicide seed treatment.

One lucky grand-prize winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Brazil, where he will see soybean farming from a new perspective. There also will be four additional winners – two growers from the Mid-South and two from the Midwest – who will win the chance to visit the opposite region. During the trip, winners will receive one-on-one field tours as well as participate in discussions with fellow growers.

“As home to the best soybean growers in the world, the United States is always leading the charge in new production practices and innovations,” says Syngenta Seed Care’s Mark Jirak.

To enter the contest and view the official rules, visit before June 15.

Survey confirms need for innovative weed management

A report published in Weed Technology, a quarterly publication of the Weed Science Society of America, indicates that it will be necessary to broaden the scope of weed management systems for glyphosate-resistant crops.

Growers of glyphosate-resistant corn, cotton and soybeans from six states were asked to describe their perceptions of problem weeds, weed pressure and tillage. The results will help researchers develop weed management systems that may include glyphosate, but that also will utilize other herbicides and management techniques, such as tillage and more diverse crop rotations.

Weed pressure was considered moderate or light by most glyphosate-resistant crop growers. The weeds reported as most problematic because of tolerance or resistance to glyphosate were ragweed, Johnsongrass, velvetleaf, morningglory, sicklepod, pigweed and water hemp. Weed shifts will occur as these weeds continue invading crops and as other weeds evolve and become resistant. Researchers also found that growers tend to underestimate the advantages of tillage on weed pressure.

Please visit to read the entire report titled “U.S. Grower Views on Problematic Weeds and Changes in Weed Pressure in Glyphosate-Resistant Corn, Cotton and Soybean Cropping Systems.”

Section 3 issued for Flexstar GT

Syngenta Crop Protection has announced that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Section 3 registration for the use of Flexstar GT herbicide in glyphosate-tolerant soybeans.

A premix of fomesafen and glyphosate, Flexstar GT is a resistance management solution for post-emergence use that helps sustain glyphosate-tolerant (GT) soybean technology. Unlike glyphosate tankmix options, Flexstar GT contains Isolink II technology, a unique adjuvant system designed to optimize both the contact activity of fomesafen and the systemic activity of glyphosate while reducing crop injury.

Flexstar GT not only controls the same annual weeds as glyphosate, but also several glyphosate- and ALS-resistant broadleaf weeds, such as Palmer amaranth, waterhemp and ragweed plus those weeds difficult to control with glyphosate alone, such as morningglory and velvetleaf. Flexstar GT also offers pre-emergence activity on more than 25 broadleaf weeds, including Palmer amaranth, pigweed, ragweed and yellow nutsedge.

More information is available from your sales representative or by calling the Syngenta Customer Center at 866-SYNGENTA (866-796-4368), or visiting