Syngenta, one of the the world's biggest agricultural chemicals groups, posted a fall in profit for the first half of the year, as bad weather in North America hit the crop-protection market.
The Swiss company, which has more than 28,000 employees in 90 countries, said net profit hit $1.39 billion in the first six months of the year, a fall of 1 percent from the same period last year.
Cold weather in North America delayed the start of the crop season until May, the company said, with CEO Mike Mack telling CNBC: "It kept growers off their fields for longer than we would have liked." One result of the cold spell was reduced risk of disease and insect attacks - and the need for herbicide sprays.
Sales grew by 1 percent, however, coming in at $8.5 billion for the first half, driven by emerging markets, where sales increased 11 percent.