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Bayer CropScience forecasts significant growth in agchems markets, confirms capex plans

4:05 PM MDT | September 17, 2014 | Natasha Alperowicz

Bayer CropScience (BCS), the world’s second largest agricultural chemicals producer, at its annual press briefing in Monheim, Germany today said that it is optimistic about future development of the agchems markets and it will continue to invest...


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