Fusarium head blight continues to be a major concern for North American farmers. Yield loss can be high and the amount of vomotoxin infection in the grain can cause significant grade loss. Although there are wheat varieties available to minimize the impact of fusarium, the reality is there is no technology available to control it… Read More
In this episode of the Canola School, Troy Prosofsky discusses the impact that the flea beetle is having on the Western Canadian canola crop. Troy also talks about the evaluation of flea beetle damage and when or when not to spray to control the pest. Flea Beetles can be terrible pests and if the damage… Read More
Whether you farm in Ontario or the west it is time to start thinking about spraying your winter wheat with fungicide to protect it from leaf diseases like septoria or powdery mildew. When spraying fungicides there are many considerations that need to be taken into account. Nozzle selection, nozzle position, water volume, and sprayer boom… Read More
Septoria can have a nasty impact on your wheat crop yield and overall plant health. Found across Canada, Septoria must be scouted prior to the flag leaf emerging. The disease favors wet windy conditions so the impact will be less in drier years. Leaf disease can have major impact on your overall crop health because it… Read More
In more humid climates, powdery mildew can have a real negative impact on your wheat crop. It is actually known as one of the easier diseases to spot but needs to be sprayed with fungicide to ensure proper control. In the below video chat with Luc Bourgeois, Research and Development at Bayer Crop Science Eastern… Read More
Across the country we continue to see winter like conditions. Corn has suffered significant frost damage in Ontario and farmers in the western provinces continue to battle snow drifts. In-climate whether sometimes forces farmers to crowd suggested spraying windows and gamble on the effectiveness of the product or risk unwanted damage to the crop itself…. Read More
By Garth Donald, Dynagra So how important is a pre-seed burn off? That question gets asked to me and others in the industry all the time. It can be one of the most important things when it comes to certain weeds and density of weeds. Let€™s start with a favourite of most farmers in Alberta,… Read More
With the advent of the introduction of seed treatments like Helix Extra, we do not hear as much about flea beetles anymore. The reality is that they are still around and could have an impact on your yield. Forecasts for this pest are difficult and we require the pest to eat the plants in order… Read More
Have you ever wondered if the weeds in the field have a greater impact than just taking up nutrients. Is it possible that the weeds in the field have a greater impact on yield than we first thought? Dr. Clarence Swanton, Professor at the University of Guelph has been researching how corn plants and weeds… Read More
The most attractive and popular booth this year at the London Farm Show was the Syngenta Crop Protection booth. With a booth full of live corn plants under heat lamps, many farmers were drawn to the bright green plants. Nothing gets farmers motivated and excited more than than the opportunity to see a live plant… Read More
I was at AgriTrade in Red Deer, Alberta on Wednesday and I talked Sarah Foster from 20/20 Seed Labsabout how they are finding lower germination results in peas this winter due to glyphosate damage. It is essential that you test your saved seed before you make any plans on planting. Planting high quality seed is critical to giving yourself… Read More
When the canola canopy is thick and moisture is abundant applying fungicide is necessary. Matt Stanford of the Canola Council of Canada helps you go through the process of why or why not in terms of applying fungicide this season. See more of the Canola School
Matt Stanford of the Canola Council of Canada takes a close look at what bugs we find in the bug sweep net. Cabbage seed pod weevils and lygus bugs can cause real havoc on the canola crop and Matt helps you identify them.
Finding out what pests are in your canola field starts with sweeping for bugs. It is essential that you do it correctly if you want to monitor the threshold levels. Matt Stanford demonstrates the proper technique in the following video.
This spring, I met with Lillian Schaer of FoodandFarmingCanada.com , to discuss some of the issues related to the urban pesticides ban in Ontario. I was first exposed to this issue during an interview that I did with Jay Bradshaw, President of Syngenta Canada. The following is an update on the situation.The following was Submitted… Read More