Researchers studying pink eye in cattle have made a breakthrough

In the 1960s, it was known that cattle producers would have to regularly treat cattle for pink eye, even if they used preventative measures. At the same time, George Washington Pugh Jr. he performed revolutionary works on the understanding of the role M. bovis in pink eye.

Recently, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln published a study in collaboration with the USDA Agricultural Research Service evaluating immune responses and the effectiveness of vaccines to protect cattle against diseases associated with M. bovis.

But it wasn’t until 2022 that Emily Wynn, a USDA-ARS researcher working with UNL scientists, discovered that there were two variants, or genotypes M. bovis. Genome sequencing made the discovery possible, opening the door to new interventions against pink eye. Visit ars.usda.gov.

A new name for the herbicide

Kyro post-emergence corn herbicide is US EPA registered. Pending state approvals, Corteva Agriscience will offer it in 2023. It is the first herbicide to combine acetochlor, topramezone and clopyralid in one premix.

Corteva claims to provide excellent control of waterhemp, Palmer amaranth, giant ragweed, mare grass, field grass, autumn panicum and woolly gorse. Apply over corn up to 24 inches tall and achieve extended residue control at higher application rates. Visit corteva.us.

More than a seed lubricant

Amvac’s BioWake is the latest dual purpose biological seed treatment for dry application in the planter box in the GreenSolutions portfolio. Spokespeople say it’s a comprehensive planter box seed lubricant that provides superior seed flow and improved nutrient uptake for corn and soybeans.

Amvac uses Terrasym microbial inoculants from NewLeaf Symbiotics and Dust Soy Protein planting lubricant from Low Mu Tech at BioWake. Spokespeople say that after planting, the microbes spread from the surface of the seed through the plant’s roots and leaves. To visit amvac.com.

ReClaim enters the market

Precision Planting offers ReClaim for sale to growers. The atomizer technology has successfully completed beta testing. A single toggle switch in the cab engages product recirculation throughout the sprayer boom, filling it without allowing any chemicals to hit the ground. With ReClaim installed, use compressed air to clean the arms after spraying, pushing the remaining product back into the tank.

The ReClaim is a retrofit unit for all sprinkler brands, whether you have electric or standard nozzles. Visit precisionplanting.com.

Events in the company

  • Intelinair and Aker Technologies agree to share products with customers. Intelinair will offer high-resolution satellite images and analytics to the users of Aker. Meanwhile, Aker will offer TrueCause imaging and analytics to Intelinair customers. Visit agmri.com and aker.ag.
  • BASF has expanded its production and processing of high-oleic canola seed with the purchase of Cargill’s seed production facility in Idaho Falls. This allows BASF to expand production of the InVigor Health hybrid. See basf.com.
  • Meanwhile, Clariant’s Functional Minerals business has acquired BASF’s US attapulgite business assets. Adsorbing clays such as attapulgite enable the purification of edible oils and renewable fuels. Visit clariant.com and basf.com.
  • Bayer has acquired German startup Targenomix, a spinoff of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology. Targenomix remains an independent unit, contributing new systems biology approaches to Bayer’s Crop Science research and development. Visit bayer.com and targenomix.com.

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