Last year proved to be a unique situation for producers in Southern Alberta with regard to stripe rust. An over-wintering of the disease exposed producers to it earlier than usual with damaging results. Given the particularly mild winter across the prairies this year, producers should be on the lookout for stripe rust a lot earlier…. Read More

A proper diagnosis is the only way to get a successful treatment. So it is in everything from health issues to car troubles to trouble in the field. When we talk about in-field pest issues, it’s extremely important to get that diagnosis right, and quickly. SEE MORE CANOLA SCHOOL. Cutworms are one of those pests… Read More

Spraying is one of those jobs that can have a very short window in which to get accomplished. It’s also a job that has to be done when conditions are right. Getting to it before the wind or the rain, or whenever conditions are calm can be frustrating for producers. It’s a big part of… Read More

One of the biggest concerns about disease control is the development of resistance to commonly used fungicides. Fortunately though, the major pesticide companies are still devoted to dealing with this issue and are launching new products. There are typically two approaches to developing new fungicides which stave off resistance. One method of course is to… Read More

There is a growing concern from farmers and the industry to herbicide resistance.  Whether its giant ragweed or kochia, hebicide resistance is a challenge for farmers.    Currently, there is 8 different herbicide groups with confirmed resistance. According to Michael Schaad, Eastern Business Manager, BASF Canada, Glyphosate resistance was first found in the mid 90’s… Read More

The in-crop spraying season is just around the corner for a number of growers in Western Canada. Spraying at the proper time allows your crop to use nutrients and moisture without having to compete against various weeds, as well as allows your crop to metabolize herbicides more readily. What I want to focus on now… Read More

In the last month a lot of new generic herbicides and fungicides have been registered, bringing the number to well over 300. This can become very confusing for both farmers and dealers who struggle to stay abreast of the fancy brand names and what’s in them. No-doubt, some of you might be questioning the need… Read More

Over the last 10 years, the thoughts and the strategy behind fungicide application have changed dramatically. Whether it’s new information brought to light by research or changing external circumstances, the process behind how farmers make fungicide decisions has evolved. Over the short term, some of those external changes that have influenced decision making involve the… Read More

Eliminating weed competition is critical to corn development during it’s initial growth stages. Weed pressure during that growth period can decrease yield significantly depending on the intensity and duration of that pressure. Timing your herbicide application properly can ease back weed pressure while keeping your crop from being damaged. Depending on the herbicide you use,… Read More

 

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