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’s no information in the agricultural world that’s as coveted as the weather. It informs our decisions on when to plant, when to spray, when to harvest as well as a host of other decisions. It also varies from field to field making focused and localized weather very important to all those decisions. Being able… Read More

The pursuit of 300+ bushel corn is still very much alive. Yield competitions from a host of different companies are challenging producers to raise the bar when it comes to corn production. The difference in PRIDE Seeds 300+ Bushel Initiative is found in their “whole field” approach. Whereas most of these yield challenges push production… 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

Lentils are a relatively small acreage but still requires some of the technology that other crops are fortunate enough to participate in.  Clearfield Lentils has been a unique partnership between Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, BASF and University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Center. With the introduction of Clearfield lentils in 2007, farmers are quickly adopting this solution… 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

We don’t have top many agriculture celebrities.  There are people you recognize because you see them on tv, at meetings or on YouTube but in actual fact there is not a TMZ like service following around farmers or industry people (thank goodness for that). Recently I travelled down to North Carolina to visit the Syngenta Biotechnology… 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