Tag: Engage Agro

Fighting straw? Managing wheat height with a plant growth regulator

Semi-dwarf varieties of wheat that were introduced during the Green Revolution changed farming in many parts of the world, and changed the way people could farm. Before these shorter varieties came along, if you were lucky enough to grow a big crop, it would probably lie down. New semi-dwarf varieties didn’t lodge as easily, enabling… Read more »

U.S. tolerance established, clearing way for Manipulator on wheat

After several years of waiting, Canadian farmers will be able to use the plant growth regulator (PGR) known as Manipulator on wheat destined for the U.S., beginning in 2018. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the regulation establishing a maximum residue limit for chlormequat chloride — the active ingredient in Manipulator — on Wednesday (April… Read more »

U.S. approval of chlormequat growth regulator expected for 2018 spring crop

Canadian farmers should be able to use the plant growth regulator chlormequat chloride in 2018 on crop destined for the U.S., according to the company that sells the product under the “Manipulator” product name. “We expect the establishment of the chlormequat chloride tolerance in the USA by mid-May 2018. Chlormequat chloride is the active ingredient… Read more »

No Change to Manipulator’s Status for 2016

As the time for applying a plant growth regulator (PGR) to wheat approaches, there have been many questions about whether Manipulator, a PGR introduced in Canada by Engage Agro in 2015, has been approved for exports into the US. The answer is no. “Engage Agro does not anticipate the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in the… Read more »

Belgian Company Buys Stake in Engage Agro

Guelph-based crop protection company Engage Agro is selling a minority stake in its business to a Belgian company that also sells crop protection products for specialty crops, including potatoes and vegetables. Belchim Crop Protection is paying an undisclosed amount in a deal that’s supposed to be completed in May. While the company says it will… Read more »

Farmers, Take Note: PGR Use Must Be Declared at Delivery for 15/16 Crop Year

Most grain elevators in Western Canada are going to be asking producers to declare whether they used a plant growth regulator containing chlormequate chloride when delivering this year’s crop. If the answer is yes, they’re going to reserve the right to not accept delivery of the grain. All the companies that are members in the Western Grain Elevator… Read more »

Seller Beware: Avoiding Mistakes That Make a Crop Difficult to Market

Nobody wants to be stuck with a crop that suddenly has no market, especially when it’s due to avoidable circumstances. While Canada’s regulatory process and international trade policies are designed to prevent situations where residues from pesticides and other tools used to grow crops become trade obstacles, each farmer must still carry out their own due diligence…. Read more »