News Briefs August 14, 2017


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It’s been a busy week or so at DuPont and DuPont Pioneer. Last Wednesday, we made a big announcement with the acquisition of the ag software company Granular. That came on the heels of a release announcing the merger date for Dow and DuPont. In this week’s briefs, look for details on the acquisition, the merger date, rust diseases and charcoal rot.

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Pioneer In the News

DuPont Acquires Ag Software Company Granular

DuPont announced Aug. 9 that it will acquire San Francisco-based Granular, Inc., a leading provider of software and analytics tools that help farmers with efficiency, profitability and sustainability. Sid Gorham, Granular’s co-founder and CEO, will continue to lead Granular and will lead Digital Agriculture for DuPont, which includes responsibility for Encirca® services, DuPont’s agronomic software business…Read more

In Case You Missed It: Merger Close Set for COB Aug. 31

Mark your calendars. The merger between DuPont and Dow will close after the market closes on August 31, 2017. All required regulatory approvals and clearances have been received and that all conditions to closing of the merger of equals have been satisfied. Until close, DuPont and Dow remain competitors…Read more

Crop Insights

Not All Rust in Corn is Common

Distinguishing common rust from southern rust can be challenging, but is important when field scouting. Common rust rarely causes significant yield losses in corn, but severe southern rust can greatly affect yield. Southern rust can be distinguished from common rust by pustules confined to the upper leaf…Read more

Charcoal Rot Likes It Hot

Charcoal rot is found throughout much of the U.S. and generally coincides with hot, dry weather. Though it may also appear on young plants, charcoal rot is most evident as soybean plants reach maturity with a light gray discoloration on the surface tissues of the roots and lower stem. When split open, the woody tissue of the root and base of the stem may show dark-gray to blue-black streaks…Read more

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