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Weed of the Week: green foxtail

If there is one thing that setaria veridis doesn’t enjoy, it is tillage. Luckily for the weed, farmers have been reducing that particular agricultural practice for more than two decades. Green foxtail, as it is best known in Western Canada, has become a serious pest for prairie producers. It once showed up almost exclusively in[...]

European Parliament OKs glyphosate, with conditions

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) — European politicians advised last week that the herbicide glyphosate should be approved for only another seven years, rather than the 15 proposed by the European Unon executive, and should not be used by the general public.
Environmental campaigners have demanded a ban on glyph-osate, which is used in products such as Monsanto’s[...]

Prices for equipment parts often unjustified

Visit with farmers on coffee row and there’s no end to the criticism of farm input prices. Glyphosate, fungicide, fertilizer and diesel are constant sources of discussion and complaint. 
The fertilizer manufacturers are ripping us off. Fertilizer produced in Canada should be cheaper. Prices shouldn’t be based off gulf import prices. Nitrogen is being manufactured[...]

Glyphosate unlikely cancer causing, says UN expert

LONDON, U.K. (Reuters) — Glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in people, according to a new safety review by United Nations health, agriculture and food experts.
In a statement likely to intensify a row over its potential health impact, experts from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and World Health Organization said glyphosate is “unlikely to[...]

As Monsanto fights Argentina over soy, company eyes Brazil

CHICAGO, May 18 (Reuters) - A day after Monsanto Co said it would stop the launch of its latest soybean trait in Argentina due to concerns over royalty payments, company executives downplayed the impact and sought to turn the focus to business prospects in neighboring Brazil instead. Brazil is "the real opportunity" for growth in[...]

EU delays vote on glyphosate licence amid cancer row

BERLIN/BRUSSELS, May 19 (Reuters) - The European Union on Thursday delayed a vote on renewing sales approval for the pesticide glyphosate, used in Monsanto's weed-killer Roundup, amid a transatlantic row over whether it may cause cancer. Experts from the EU's 28 nations had been due to vote on a proposal, seen by Reuters, to extend[...]

U.S. lawmakers investigate US EPA review of glyphosate

CHICAGO, May 13 (Reuters) - A second group of lawmakers is investigating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its review of glyphosate, questioning why it withdrew a report that said the chemical in the world's most widely used weed killer was likely not carcinogenic. The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and[...]

Glyphosate treated oats OK, says Richardson

Richardson International isn’t changing its policy. It will buy oats that are sprayed with glyphosate before harvest, even though U.S. consumers are suing Quaker Oats over glyphosate residues in oatmeal. “We continue to stand by our products,” said Tracey Shelton, spokesperson for Richardson, the largest oat miller in North America. “We will continue to monitor[...]

Weed of the Week: Canada thistle

One of Canada’s nastier pests originally emigrated from Europe and then made its way west. Its European name describes it perfectly: creeping thistle. But Canadians have adopted it and call it their own — Canada thistle. It likely arrived as seeds, but once started, it laid down roots and started to colonize. Root buds will[...]

Spray early for maximum margins

It is a dilemma faced by most growers at one time or another: spray early and get ahead by killing the first weed flush — those that can compete against the newly seeded crop. Or spray later and control more weeds with one pass. Do the yield losses add up for later season spraying or[...]

Consumers sue Quaker Oats over glyphosate presence

Last April, Grain Millers, a major oat buyer in Western Canada, announced it would no longer purchase oats if farmers sprayed the crop with glyphosate prior to harvest. A year later, the company's decision looks particularly astute because Americans in California, New York and Illinois are now suing PepsiCo and Quaker Oats over glyphosate contaminated[...]

U.S. EPA clears glyphosate in report released inadvertently

Late last week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a report saying glyphosate does not cause cancer, but then quickly removed the document from a federal government website. The EPA's Cancer Assessment Review Committee released the report April 29. On Monday, Monsanto issued a press release praising the agency's findings on glyphosate, the active ingredient[...]

Spraying: night may not be ideal time

EDMONTON — Herbicide companies complete many trials to prove a product’s worth before it’s registered for use, but none of the trials include night spraying . “The scientists wouldn’t even dream of doing that,” said Ken Coles, Farming Smarter general manager. But as guidance systems improve and fewer farmers cover more acres in a tight[...]

Research agencies in war of words over glyphosate

LONDON, U.K. (Reuters) — The latest dispute to blow up around the International Agency for Research on Cancer concerns glyphosate, an ingredient in one of the world’s most widely used weed killers, Roundup, made by Monsanto.
In March 2015, an IARC monograph concluded that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic.” 
Yet seven months later the European Food Safety[...]

Genome editing for traits hits approval hurdles

As the process known as genome editing gains more attention, scientists who tout the practice are concerned that government regulators may delay its commercialization, particularly as it applies to new crop traits.
“You have these traits… and as a trait development company the first thing you thing about is, yeah, we should be able to take[...]