After a chemical manufacturer discovers a new crop protection chemical family, the normal response within the industry is to focus research on better versions of the same chemistry. This typically results in several new brands being launched, each claiming to be slightly better than the last. This seems to be the case with DuPont’s new… Read More

I was combing through my Twitter feed last night and thought that it felt a little like Y2K — would the stroke of midnight bring certain doom as many monopoly supporters would have had us believe or would the sun rise, just like any other day? Of course, today — the first day of the… Read More

The StatsCan June 2012 Acreage report was released yesterday and the surprises were limited but instead firmer confirmation of the 2012 seeding choices of farmers.  Lentils were higher than expected, canola acres are above 20 million acres and barley has sprung back to higher levels than two years ago. Jon Driedger. FarmLink Marketing Solutions talked with… 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

 I have written before that the future is in seed treatments and fungicides for the traditional crop protection companies. The additional point that I should of included is the growth potential for the biological market in the seed treatment product area.  The interesting point is that biologicals are designed to work in conjunction (stacking) with… Read More

Wireworms are one of the pests that come with a lot of speculation and misinformation for many farmers.  Patchy stands are often blamed on poor seed or conditions when the blame should be placed on wire worms.  Dr. Bob Vernon’s research shows that wire worms are not isolated to the light brown soil zone of… Read More

The major chemical companies have been busy creating new fungicides to help growers control diseases in their major crops.  Here’s a peek at a couple of the more interesting ones. BASF recently introduced Twinline Fungicide for broad-spectrum disease control in wheat, oats and barley. As the name implies, Twinline contains two popular fungicide modes of… Read More

The global economic instability of the last year has no doubt rattled investors and left them looking for any kind of a stable place to invest. One of those places has been agriculture. The growing population and the need to feed them has raised the value of the agricultural industry as a whole. The bottom… Read More

With precision agriculture becoming more mainstream, its apparent that farmers are looking to every means possible to increase production and gain an edge. Micro-Nutrients may be one of those missing pieces of the puzzle when it comes to gaining that edge. Micro-Nutrient companies are on the rise in the U.S. and are starting to show… Read More