Farmers rely on science to find solutions to crop stresses, such as resistant varieties against disease or pests or new active ingredients to attack weeds and diseases. While using Mother Nature’s own flora and fauna in our favour is not a new concept (think inoculants), using naturally occurring bacteria and fungi to combat pests is gaining momentum in mainstream agriculture production. Farmers have a few biologicals, as the products are called, already at their disposal and this type and class of fungicide is set to expand significantly in the next five to 10 years.
We spoke with Chris Di Ubaldo, assistant product manager Western Canada for UAP, based at Oak Bluff, Man., about current biological products as well as the opportunity for these types of products going forward.
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