Last week’s insect alert of weevil hitting second-year alfalfa fields has now been expanded to include the potato leafhopper and more acres. Leafhopper can be especially hard on newly-seeded alfalfa, even if it is a resistant variety. The resistant trait is not expressed in the first growing season, explains Peter Johnson, resident agronomist for RealAgriculture…. Read More

Several reports of poor regrowth on second- or later-year alfalfa in the Niagara and other Ontario regions seems to be caused by one culprit: alfalfa weevil. Agronomists are reporting scouting fields that have already reached threshold for the pest (see photos below). Because of early season heat, some established fields of alfalfa were cut relatively… Read More

Welcome to the top of the week’s RealAg Radio show! On this Agronomic Monday you’ll hear from: Tracey Baute, field crop entomologist with OMAFRA, on Bt resistant corn rootworm; A product spotlight with Mark Kerry of DEKALB Canada; Tom Wolf of AgriMetrix and Sprayers 101, on keeping spray records and reflecting on them; and, Jeanette… Read More

Resistance to Bt corn rootworm hybrids has developed in Ontario and growers are asking: what’s the best strategy to control the yield-robbing pest if in-seed technology fails? Resistance has been confirmed in several fields in Huron, Perth and Durham Counties in Ontario and the problem is likely even more widespread, says Tracey Baute, Ontario Ministry… Read More

Today, on RealAg Radio: The agronomics of falling number, and thinking ahead to 2020, with Jeremy Boychyn of the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commission’s; Weed resistance in Australia, with Hugh Beckie, of the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative; An update on western bean cutworm and corn earworm in Ontario, with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and… Read More

A new soybean pest has hit the radar screen, and it could be a threat to soybean growers across Canada. Gall midge was first detected in Nebraska in 2011 and has since been confirmed in Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota. On this episode of RealAgriculture’s Soybean School, OMAFRA entomologist Tracey Baute explains that the midge… 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

 

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