Custom applicators and farmers looking to use drones to apply herbicides to crops in Canada are still in a holding pattern. Operator licensing and certification is now available from Transport Canada, but Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) requirements continue to ground herbicide application from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), reports Don Campbell, owner and and founder… Read More

Old-style flow indicators on sprayers can be tricky — keeping an eye on those floating balls, placing it somewhere in your cab that is visible, and ensuring your sprayer is working all at the same time can be difficult. To address the issue, Canadian manufacturer Wilger Industries Ltd. is headed into the first full production… Read More

Syngenta recently rolled out Miravis, a brand new fungicide available for the 2020 growing season. RealAgriculture’s Kara Oosterhuis caught up with Syngenta Canada’s Randy Retzlaff at the Crop Production Show at Saskatoon, Sask., to talk about Miravis Ace — a version of the fungicide that is targeted at spring wheat, winter wheat, and durum wheat…. Read More

In 2015, Willard Jack was gearing up to tackle herbicide resistant Canada fleabane on his Belzoni, Mississippi farm. Five years later, that weed is just an afterthought as Jack is fully engaged in a fight with a much tougher resistant weed “monster” — Palmer amaranth. At the SouthWest Agricultural Conference (SWAC) last week at Ridgetown,… Read More

Fungicides play a key role in helping manage disease in pulse crops across the Prairies. But growers need to be vigilant to prevent fungicide resistance and ensure they have the tools required to fight yield-robbing diseases, says Alberta Agriculture and Forestry pulse research scientist Robyne Bowness Davidson. On this episode of RealAgriculture’s Resistance Management School,… Read More

Something weird is happening to our Exploding Spray Myths team. Every time Jason Deveau and Tom Wolf get close to a sensitive downwind area, or drive fast to make up for lost time, their sprayer shuts down. It’s almost as if the sprayer is enforcing best management practices! Little do they know… On this all-new… Read More

The introduction of dicamba-resistant crops created a need for increased drift management at spraying. Enter the ultra-coarse droplet and the nozzles to create them. Pentair Hypro is one company that’s designed an ultra low-drift nozzle to create ultra-coarse droplets, and it was on display at this year’s Agri-Trade event at Red Deer, Alta. Brian Henderson,… Read More

To achieve cleaner fields, identifying the right time to spray is crucial. An early herbicide application is an effective way to get ahead of tough weeds. Using a dicamba-based system like the Roundup Ready Xtend® Crop System offers the flexibility of pre- and post-emergent applications and the ability to keep fields clean longer, thanks to… Read More

A Canadian company is making headway in the spray world with six-legged applicators. Bee Vectoring Technologies (BVT) uses commercially-reared bees to deliver crop controls through pollination. Its first registered product, Clonostachys rosea CR-7 (CR-7), is an organic strain of an endophytic fungus the company says has many functions, including: Controlling numerous diseases in plants, particularly… Read More

After identifying a need for aerial spraying services on large farms, an Ontario-based start-up has developed a fully-automated unmanned aerial vehicle for the Canadian market. “Typically most drones you see out there for aerial spraying are fairly small capacity… and for North American farms…it’s just not going to cut it,” says Meng Wei, CEO and… Read More

 

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