Category: Seed Treatment

Fortenza on its way to Ontario for the 2016 Growing Season

Last November, Syngenta announced the registration of Fortenza, a seed treatment for early-season cutworm control in canola. This year, the company received the go-ahead to use the same product for corn. Fortenza contains the active ingredient cyantraniliprole, a group 28 (diamide) insecticide, that moves through the xylem systems of the plant, controlling insects largely though ingestion…. Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Oct 7 — Soybean Yields, Dwarf Bunt and the Bad Boys Club

How’s wheat planting coming along? Are you all done? Call 1-844-540-2014 or tweet @WheatPete to leave your feedback and questions for Wheat Pete! In this instalment of Wheat Pete’s Word, resident agronomist and host Peter Johnson covers a long list of topics, including what wheat plant populations should look like in fields that have already emerged… Read more »

Soybean School: New Tool to Fight the “Billion-Dollar Pest”

Heterodera glycines or soybean cyst nematode (SCN) was first identified in Ontario in 1987, after over 30 years in North America. It’s original introduction is believed to have occured in the late 1800s, when settlers brought soil from Asia to supply the proper bacteria for soybean root nodulation. “Of the ten major diseases of soybeans… Read more »

Crop Inputs You Can’t See — The Coming Wave of Microbe-Based Products

What does every farmer want out of a crop? Yield and profitability. From variety selection, to fertilizer rates, and crop protection products, farmers are always looking for new ways to stack the deck in their favour. Of course, the best laid plans can be thwarted by a cold, wet spring, or dry weather and drought…. Read more »

Neonic Suspension Seen Reducing Canola Yields and Acres in the EU

It’s been over a year and a half since the European Commission restricted the use of neonicotinoid insecticides across the EU in an attempt to help bee populations, an approach that the Ontario government is in many ways emulating with its new neonic seed treatment regulations for corn and soybeans. The impact the suspension has… Read more »

Pulse School: Disease Control in a Dry Year

Pulse growers have some decisions to make regarding fungicide applications this summer. On one hand, dry conditions generally translate into lower disease pressure, but on the other hand, peas and lentils are in relatively good shape compared to some other crops affected by the dryness across much of Western Canada. Add the fact they’re selling for decent prices, and they might… Read more »

Syngenta Announces New Biological SCN Seed Treatment

Syngenta Canada Inc. has announced the registration and launch of Clariva pn seed treatment, a biological seed treatment for the management of soybean cyst nematode (SCN). Clariva pn works by reducing SCN feeding and reproduction, a “targeted, direct and proven solution,” to the pest, says Nathan Klages, seedcare and inoculants product lead with Syngenta Canada…. Read more »

Soybean School West: Checking for Root Rots and Seedling Diseases

Poor emergence or damping off of young soybean plants can be a sign of a seedling disease or root rot problem, especially following cool, wet weather as experienced in much of the soybean growing part of Western Canada this spring. As Holly Derksen, plant pathologist with Manitoba Agriculture, explains in this Soybean School West episode, there are… Read more »

Under the Microscope: Could Aphanomyces Be Lurking in Your Field?

While this growing season may have some pulse growers wishing Mother Nature would turn the water taps on, the past few seasons have been tough on pulse crops when it comes to root rots and seedling diseases. Particularly in 2013, farmers were stumped by pea fields hard-hit by “wet feet.” Turns out, there was a… Read more »

Soybean School: Seed Treatment Success— Custom Treating for Safety & Efficiency

A job worth doing is worth doing well, and if you’re treating soybean seed at home on the farm, you may be over or under applying product. There are custom seed treatment options available, on a field by field basis, that may become even more popular as new regulations come into force for next season…. Read more »

Soybean School West: Seeding Rate, Inoculant and Seed Treatment Decisions

Soybean planting time brings with it a number of decisions — what’s the optimal seeding rate? Which inoculants should be used, and should they be doubled up? What about seed treatment? Is a seed treatment with insecticide needed? As part of this Soybean School West episode, Kristen Podolsky of the Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers… Read more »

Intego Solo Seed Treatment Receives Emergency Registration for Aphanomyces in Field Peas

Emergency use registration will now allow producers in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to use Intego Solo (ethaboxam) for the suppression of Aphanomyces euteiches in field peas. “Pulse production in Western Canada is now under serious threat from Aphanomyces – the most devastating disease in peas worldwide, according to the American Phytopathological Society,” Graham Collier, technical services… Read more »

The Seedpod(cast) — Ep. 4: Five Ways to Maximize Your Seed Treatment Investment

Are you flying blind when it comes to starting your crop? An untested seed lot is exactly that, untested — you don’t know what diseases may be lurking in the bin that could contribute to pathogen load in the field or choke off seedlings before they get a chance to grow. What’s more, variable seed… Read more »

Wheat School: Options for Poor Quality Seed Lots — What Can a Seed Treatment Fix?

There’s no shortage of less than stellar wheat out there — the weather near the end of summer and early fall was not kind to harvest or the resulting grain (remember all that snow in September, Alberta?). While some quality parameters aren’t deal breakers and might be managed through bumping seeding rates, others can’t be… Read more »

The Seedpod — Ep. 2: Regulating On Ideals, and Is There More On the Chopping Block?

It’s no wonder that Western Canada is watching what’s unfolding in Ontario closely. That province’s government’s move to closely regulate neonicotinoid seed treatments, even after changes in corn and soybean planting showed significant reductions in bee health risk, has many in the agriculture industry wondering what this means for pesticide access moving forward. In this… Read more »