Guess what just flew in from the U.S. courtesy of the jet-stream? Armyworms, and apparently they brought friends this year. Reports are in from producers all over Ontario who have spotted the pests in their wheat fields. Infestations of armyworm tend to be cyclical with populations dependent largely on the natural parasites that affect them. Once the moths pick their fields and lay their eggs, the larvae feed on the leaves, damaging the plants and robbing yield potential. The critical point in controlling armyworm is finding and spraying them while their still small.
When you look at the scope of Canadian agriculture, the discovery of a handful of wheat plants containing an unapproved genetically modified trait growing on a remote site in southern Alberta last summer is a testament to the rigour of the Canadian regulatory system. First and foremost, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says none…Read more »