BY DR. RICK BATTY
The October issue of The Earfull contained an article that I wrote about NemaStrike. I pointed out that Renk would have a few corn and soybean varieties available with this new seed treatment. Within days of publishing that Earfull and sending it out, we were notified that Monsanto had pulled NemaStrike from the marketplace. As a result, Renk is not able to offer NemaStrike seed treatment on any corn or soybean variety. We are sorry for the confusion this may have caused but we respect the decision of Monsanto to take the safe road in moving forward. Below are excerpts from the press release from Monsanto regarding this decision.
“As we prepared for the commercial launch for seed treated with Acceleron NemaStrike ST, there have been limited cases of skin irritation, including rashes, that appear to be associated with the handling and application of this seed treatment product,” says Brian Naber, U.S. commercial operations lead at Monsanto.
The company says the cases it has reviewed so far indicate proper use of personal protective equipment is a key factor in the safe use of the product. Monsanto says it is “out of an abundance of caution” it is stopping commercialization of the product while it reviews the situation. However, “ground breaker” trials will continue this spring.
“We did not make this decision lightly,” Naber says. “We will provide additional information to you, including which alternative Acceleron seed applied solutions products will be available in commercial products for the 2018 season.”