Just because few new active ingredients were formulated into new products during the past 12 months, it didn't stop crop protection companies from bringing a boat load of new products to the market using old chemistry.

A total of 66 new products were registered or are anticipated to be registered for use in 2009 crop production, all these since AgProfessional reported on new labeling one year ago.

AgProfessional contacted the crop protection companies to provide label changes to previously registered products and new product label information. Product information for more than 100 products was provided including both new registrations and label changes. Only "significant" label changes were requested and the chemical companies interpreted the meaning of that stipulation in submitting information. Our interest in products labeled outside of California was explained to the companies because California labeling is so different than the majority of the nation.

All of the label updates can be found online at www.agprofessional.com. They are listed by type of pesticide-fungicide, herbicide or insecticide.

The chemical companies obviously were working hard to introduce new products, most of which are combinations of previously discovered and registered active ingredients.

Many crop protection chemical companies talk about new, novel, revolutionary and unique products sometimes confusing the fact that most of the active ingredients are not "new." Most are a combination of "old" chemistry that provides that unprecedented, superior and outstanding control. Some of the "old" chemistry has been accessed by additional companies, either when patents expire or through business agreements. They have introduced their own version of what has been on the market under another brand name. For purposes of this overview of new products, similar to scientific presentations, only active ingredients are mentioned, and you can visit the Web site to see brand names and full descriptions of each product.

Two companies, Chemtura and Syngenta, dominate the fungicide new product introductions for the 2009 crop year. Of the total 20 new products of which AgProfessional was informed, Chemtura submitted eight new product listings, and Syngenta provided six new product listings.

Chemtura introduced a seed treatment combination of carboxin, captan and imidacloprid and another product containing triflumizole. The remainder of the products from Chemtura contain either ipconazole, metalaxyl or a combination of the two with each product targeted to a specific group of crops.

The active ingredients that Syngenta mainly used to produce new products were cyproconazole and difenoconazole. One or the other is present in five of the six new products. Mandipropamid is present in two of the main vegetable fungicides.

Two new fungicides from Bayer CropScience and one each from Cheminova, Gowan, Loveland and Makhteshim Agan round out the list of new fungicides.

Even with all the new products, only one each targeted corn or cotton. Cereals, soybeans and the combined category of trees, fruits and vines are the main targets of new products.

Most of the new insecticides are combinations of previously registered active ingredients. Two insecticides to provide "dual action control" are quite common.

Insecticide introductions are not being dominated by any one company as shown by the breakout of companies and number of products: Bayer CropScience, three; Cheminova, one; Chemtura, three; Dow AgroSciences, one; DuPont, two; FMC, three; and Syngenta, four.

Few crops, other than minor vegetable crops, were left out as targets for use of the various insecticides. Seed treatment had new attention with all three of Chemtura's products being new seed treatments.

Flubendiamide is one new active ingredient from Bayer CropScience that has garnered considerable attention. The same is true for DuPont's rynaxypyr.

Herbicides receive the most attention year after year, and this year is no exception. Twenty-nine new herbicides were provided to AgProfessional as labeled or soon to be labeled for use in 2009 crop production.

It's obvious that crop protection companies are battling for acreage with all their new herbicide introductions.
New products introduced just last year already have grabbed good market share, and it will be interesting to see if 2009 new products break into the top seller list.

The breakout of what each of 10 companies is introducing is as follows: Bayer CropScience, three; Cheminova, five; Dow AgorSciences, two; DuPont, two; FMC, three; Gowan, two; Makhteshim Agan, three; Nufarm, six; Syngenta, one; and Wilbur-Ellis, two.

Even though most of the new products can be used in more than one crop, cereal grains and soybeans were definitely the target crops as several products had one of them listed-much more than any other crops.

Only a few new products are receiving major attention from Extension weed specialists around the country. FMC's new selective post-emergence herbicide for use in corn or soybeans, containing fluthiacet-methyl as its active ingredient, has been talked up, and Bayer CropScience's glufosinate-ammonium active-ingredient replacement for use on Liberty Link corn, soybeans, cotton and canola has drawn considerable attention. Nufarm has introduced a whole new line-up of herbicides; three of them use tribenuron and thifensulfuron; fluroxypyr appears in two herbicides.