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Water key to effective harvest

LANGHAM, Sask. — Prime prairie growing conditions in most regions this year have sparked abundant growth in most crops, and lentils are no exception. 
But even for experienced growers, the height and density of the crops will likely offer significant challenges when it comes time to get it into the combine.
Tom Wolf of Agrimetrix said[...]

Weed-free fields called impractical

A pristine field of soybeans or corn, completely free of weeds, can be a beautiful sight. 
However, it doesn’t make agronomic sense to maintain that immaculate look throughout the growing season, says a University of Manitoba weed scientist.
“With those wide, wide rows (in corn and soy), guys drive by and if there’s something green in[...]

Soaring lentils have fields awash in weed wicks and wipes

More acres have likely been covered with wick and wiper applicators this year in Saskatchewan than in any previous year. “This is the first year that I’ve seen huge acreages being done,” said Ralph Wasylyniuk of Farmagro Sales Ltd, which is the western Canadian distributor of Vogels Wick Weeders. “This year it absolutely exploded. We’re[...]

Growers warned of spreading glyphosate resistant kochia

CARMAN, Man. — Manitoba has more cases of glyphosate resistant kochia, but the details won’t be made public until later this year. Agriculture Canada and Manitoba government experts confirmed in 2014 that two locations had kochia with resistance to glypho-sate in the province’s Red River 
Valley. Jeanette Gaultier, Manitoba Agriculture weed specialist, said a number[...]

Introducing our top 10 online stories

Now that we’re a little more than six months into the year, it’s worth a look at some of the more popular stories our readers have been perusing at producer.com.
Here are the top 10 online stories this year to the end of June.
10. PMRA finds neonics do not threaten bee health: Health Canada determined that[...]

More kochia resistant to glyphosate in Man.

CARMAN, Man. — Manitoba has more cases of glyphosate resistant kochia, but the details won't be made public until later this year. Agriculture Canada and Manitoba government experts confirmed in 2014 that two locations had kochia with resistance to glyphosate in the province's Red River Valley. Jeanette Gaultier, Manitoba Agriculture weed specialist, said a number[...]

EU glyphosate approval continues but trouble brewing

The recent public wrangling and political theatre over glyphosate has been resolved in Europe, but the story is far from over, says a Canadian expert in pesticide regulations. The European Commission announced June 28 that it would extend its approval of glyphosate for 18 months. The decision came only two days before the EU registration[...]

Weed of the Week: wild buckwheat

Wild buckwheat has long wound its way through producers’ crops and onto the list of the most obnoxious weeds in prairie fields. Its long, ropey stems wrap around a combine’s reel or carry more crop than the machine can handle up the feeder. As a result, Agriculture Canada has classified wild buckwheat as producers’ third[...]

Wheat streak mosaic virus discovery raises alarms for Alberta growers

Wheat streak mosaic virus has appeared in southern Alberta winter wheat crops, with potential to infect spring wheat.
Spread by the wheat curl mite, the virus initially appears as light green or yellow streaks running parallel to leaf veins, and can limit production, depending on severity.
“We’ve confirmed it in probably a dozen fields and we’ve heard[...]

EU’s trade future hinges on genome editing approval

KINGSTON, Ont. — The crop biotech industry will soon learn if Europe is headed into a regulatory abyss. European politicians remain hostile to genetically modified crops, and over the last few months they have considered banning glyphosate, the most popular herbicide in the world. It appears the European Union is becoming more opposed to any[...]

Europe continues approving glyphosate, but trouble still brewing

The public wrangling and political theatre over glyphosate has been resolved in Europe, but the story is far from over, says a Canadian expert in pesticide regulations. The European Commission announced June 28 that it would extend its approval of glyphosate for 18 months. The decision came only two days before the EU registration for[...]

European Commission to extend glyphosate licence for 18 months

BRUSSELS, June 28 (Reuters) - The European Commission is extending by 18 months its approval for weed-killer glyphosate, used in Monsanto's Roundup, Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said on Tuesday. Contradictory findings on carcinogenic risks have thrust the chemical into the centre of a dispute between EU and U.S. politicians, regulators and researchers. Campaign groups urged[...]

EU's trade future hinges on genome editing

KINGSTON, Ont. — The crop biotech industry will soon learn if Europe is headed into a regulatory abyss. European politicians remain hostile to genetically modified crops, and over the last few months they have considered banning glyphosate, the most popular herbicide in the world. It appears the European Union is becoming more opposed to any[...]

Weed of the Week: shepherd's purse

Shepherd’s purse can have deleterious effects on farmers’ purses. This fall annual should be all but killed for this crop year, but the steady moisture supplies and last year’s open fall means this hardy pest might be lingering in many prairie fields. The weed was restricted to wetter spots and field edges before tillage was[...]

Herbicide resistance means weeds are winning

A combination of new and old technology will be needed to maintain an upper hand in the never-ending battle against weeds.
Herbicide resistance is making many weeds more difficult to control. Meanwhile, a number of herbicide options are facing potential restrictions. 
Some of the restrictions are international, such as glyphosate in Europe, but we’ll still feel[...]