Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is working to learn more about Peritrechus convivus, the little red bugs farmers have been finding in their fields. A species of dirt-coloured seed bug in the family Rhyparochromidae, P convivus is often spotted in its nymph form, which is far from the colour of the soil in the prairies, with… Read More

Manitoba Agriculture reports a new strain of clubroot has been identified in the Rural Municipality of Pembina. The soil-borne pathogen of canola and other brassica species have several pathotypes. The new strain of clubroot is identified as pathotype 3A, and is able to overcome some first-generation sources of genetic resistance in commercial canola varieties, says… Read More

Testing for DON in Ontario’s 2018 corn crop was an incredibly frustrating process for growers. With gibberella ear rot infecting a wide swath of corn in the province, many growers were exasperated when samples from the same load of corn taken from a field would show wide variation in DON levels — sometimes from 3… Read More

There are several species of aphid that are a pest on several crop types, but on the bright side, there’s only one species of aphid canola farmers need to worry about. As Sean Prager, assistant professor of plant sciences at the University of Saskatchewan explains, it’s the green peach aphid, or Myzus persicae, that causes… Read More

Grasshoppers have proven to love Manitoba soybeans this season, and producers are starting to get anxious. With harvest approaching, it’s important to know the difference between grasshoppers that are pests and which ones aren’t, and to keep an eye on the pre-harvest intervals on products if a grower decides it’s economical to spray. As John… Read More

What’s good for wheat growth is good for wheat midge, says research scientist Tyler Wist, of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, based at Saskatoon, Sask. What’s more, these tiny pests can cause big issues, even in very low numbers, so scouting is one key aspect of management. In this edition of RealAgriculture’s Wheat School, Wist also… Read More

After a wet spring, the weather has turned hot and dry in Ontario and that could mean a proliferation of pests in soybean fields across the province. On this episode of RealAgriculture Soybean School, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs entomologist Tracey Baute says a change in the weather will likely bring on… Read More

Farmers across Canada will have five new fungicides in their disease management toolbox in 2020. This week, Syngenta Canada rolled out Miravis, a new fungicide umbrella brand that will offer five new products growers can use to fight disease in a range of crops. In this video, Eric Phillips, Syngenta Canada’s fungicides and insecticides product… Read More