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New hurdle for soybean herbicide

A new herbicide tolerant system for soybean growers is facing further delays.
Balance GT soybeans recently received import approval from China, which was the last key importer to approve the trait.
However, the system can’t be introduced until the Balance Bean herbicide receives regulatory approval in the United States.
The original goal was to launch the new system[...]

Sugar industry fears proposed NAFTA change could hurt exports

TABER, Alta. — Potential trade negotiations with the administration of United States President Donald Trump could affect Canada’s sugar business. Though small in the global scheme of sugar production, which comes mostly from cane, Canada’s sugar trade also involves the southern Alberta sugar beet industry. Canada’s access to the United States under existing rules comprises[...]

What do Chinese wheat buyers want?

EDMONTON — China likes Canadian wheat, a lot. Sean Linstead is in a good position to comment on what China wants when it comes to wheat. As a Vancouver-based trader for of COFCO, the China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corp., he sources wheat for the giant state buyer. And premium hard red spring wheat[...]

Minnesota investigates origin of Palmer amaranth weed on conservation land

CHICAGO, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Minnesota has launched an investigation to find the source of seed mixes contaminated with weed seeds after the aggressive, herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth weed was found on 30 areas planted in a federal conservation program. The weed grows very fast, reaching up to eight feet in height and can hold back[...]

What does China want? Great hard red spring wheat

EDMONTON — China likes Canadian wheat, a lot. Sean Linstead is in a good position to comment on what China wants when it comes to wheat. As a Vancouver-based trader for of COFCO, the China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corp., he sources wheat for the giant state buyer. And premium hard red spring wheat[...]

It might be a good time to stock up on glyphosate

Glyphosate prices are on the rise because of production problems in China. The average price of technical grade glyphosate in China fell to US$2,878 per tonne in 2016, the lowest level in three years, according to an analysis by CCM Data & Business Intelligence, a market intelligence provider for China’s agriculture, chemicals, food and life[...]

Blame it on the ducks

Waterhemp was found in a soybean field southeast of Winnipeg last fall, more than 75 kilometres from the U.S. border. It was the first discovery of waterhemp in Manitoba and likely in Western Canada. Now that it’s arrived, weed scientists are wondering how this happened. How did waterhemp, a pigweed common to the U.S. Midwest,[...]

How to stop weeds from getting a head start

It’s never too early to start planning for spring seeding, and that’s especially true this year after the wet harvest across most of the Prairies. Wet soils will mean more problems getting the crop in, and some additional weed control challenges afterward. One will be volunteer canola. “The length of time many canola crops were[...]

Waterhemp new threat for Manitoba soybeans

Waterhemp, a bothersome weed for growers in Iowa and Illinois, is now in Manitoba. The weed was found last fall in a soybean field southeast of Winnipeg. The discovery in the Rural Municipality of Tache may be the first detection of waterhemp in Western Canada. The finding wasn’t a shock because waterhemp has spread throughout[...]

Dicamba caution issued following U.S. drift problems

RIDGETOWN, Ont. — Canadian soybean growers are being asked to spray carefully this spring in light of the dicamba drift disaster that occurred in the United States last year.
While the U.S. incidents were linked to the illegal application of older formulations of the herbicide more prone to drift, there’s still room for caution, according to[...]

Waterhemp found in Manitoba

Waterhemp, a bothersome weed for growers in Iowa and Illinois, is now in Manitoba. The weed was found last fall in a soybean field southeast of Winnipeg. The discovery in the Rural Municipality of Tache may be the first detection of waterhemp in Western Canada. The finding wasn't a shock because waterhemp has spread throughout[...]

Gene editing may be future of plant breeding

Fifty million is a lot of money, and $100 million is a whole lot more. It now costs somewhere in that range for crop science companies to get a transgenic crop trait through the regulatory system and into farm fields in North America. Seeing how it also takes years, possibly five to 10, to get[...]

WP’s most read stories

Each year, we offer a look at the most popular stories at producer.com. It’s interesting to see the eclectic mix of stories that pique readers’ interest. From 2016, here is The Western Producer’s Top 10 list. 10. “Diagnosing lumps and bumps.” A column about cattle infections published in June by columnist John Campbell. 9. “Prairie[...]

Multiple modes of action kills weeds, prevents resistance

Growers have long been told they need to rotate herbicide modes of action and even use multiple modes of action at the same time to slow the development of herbicide resistant weeds in their fields. 
“In terms of reducing your risk of resistance development, it’s an exponential decrease from your risk of having a weed[...]

Divergence: If GM technology is safe, why don’t consumers trust it?

Food is tied to much more than the industries and science that produce it. Its popular history is not in the plant breeding or the planting or the plants and animals themselves. It is in the preparation and the consumption. And in large part, because of that, the rest of food’s story is based on[...]