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NuFarm opens production facility to the media

By Doug Rich

NuFarm recently invited the agricultural media to tour their new production facility in Alsip, Ill. The 75,000-square-foot warehouse and manufacturing facility is dedicated to the formulation of fungicides, insecticides, and plant growth regulators.

“This has become a production site for fungicides and insecticides that is dedicated and separate from our herbicide production,” Tom Kroll, product manager, said.

NuFarm is a post-patent company that was founded in Melbourne, Australia, in 1957. The company is the No. 1 market share supplier in Australia and is ranked No. 8 among crop protection companies globally. NuFarm has manufacturing and marketing operations in 25 countries and its products are sold in more than 130 countries.

In addition to its production facility in Alsip, NuFarm has U.S. facilities in Morrisville, N.C., Breckenridge, Minn., Vega, Texas, and Woodland, Calif. It is a fully integrated organization with dedicated formulation, product development, marketing, regulatory, distribution and manufacturing capabilities.

The Alsip facility features a precision custom blend control system for seed treatments that can formulate orders to a customer’s specifications. Custom blends can be done for orders as small as 15-gallon drums. NuFarm is the No. 3 company in terms of seed treatment.

The benefits of custom blending include no need to mix products onsite, the ability to adjust the rate or combination to the pest pressure, a choice of red, blue or green colorant, and it can be ordered as needed. NuFarm has seed treatments for sunflowers, sugar beets, peanuts, canola, wheat, sorghum, soybean, corn, and cotton.

Historically, NuFarm has been known for its line of herbicides. It is the second largest global basic manufacturer of 2,4-D.

NuFarm plans a spring 2014 launch of Spitfire, a broad spectrum pre-plant burndown herbicide for more than 65 weed species in corn, cotton, cereals crops, and soybeans. Spitfire is an optimized ratio of 2,4-D ester and dicamba.

NuFarm is also looking at a spring launch of Cheetah Max, a preplant burndown solution for weeds in cotton and soybeans. Cheetah Max is formulated to control weeds in cotton and soybeans that are difficult to control with glyphosate alone or are resistant to glyphosate, ALS-inhibitors or to multiple herbicide classes.

Cheetah is part of the CATS (Combating Troublesome Species) line of herbicides from NuFarm. The CATS line also includes Panther, a pre-emergent, residual herbicide for broad-spectrum control in corn, cotton and soybeans.

Doug Rich can be reached by phone at 785-749-5304 or by email at richhpj@aol.com.

Date: 12/30/2013



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