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Heat LQ approved for exportable crops

Harvesting cereals and gaining the upper hand on weeds and Roundup Ready volunteers gets easier with a pre-harvest application of herbicide. However, it can be a waiting game for herbicide-tolerant weeds and those that are slow to burn down. Producers looking for another pre-harvest tool recently received good news when the CODEX Alimentarius Commission gave[...]

Use caution with pre-harvest applications

Saskatchewan’s provincial wheat commission is reminding farmers to follow label directions when applying desiccants or weed control products to standing crops this fall. It’s not a new message, says SaskWheat chair Bill Gehl, but it’s one that needs to be repeated to ensure producers are using the products correctly and not negatively affecting the quality[...]

Scary news can come from sketchy sources

Food reporting can be tough. The safety of food is very important in our society, and that can be exploited. In all but a small number of communities across North America, tap water is safe to drink. Even so, we bought $2.49 billion in bottled water last year in Canada, nearly all of that in[...]

Researcher weighs risks of glyphosate for malt barley dry-down

It’s fine to hit malting barley with glyphosate, at least theoretically. But the challenge of doing it in the field in true farming conditions was highlighted by long-time barley researcher John O’Donovan at the Canadian Barley Symposium. “If the farmer does everything right — correct stage, uniform dry-down is achieved — the residue levels will[...]

Bee controversy helpful, says U.S. honey official

It’s become difficult to keep track of all the controversies involving bees and agricultural chemicals. Some scientists say neonicoti-noids, a class of insecticides, are poisoning bees. Other researchers say fungicides are a threat to bees and last November two U.S. environmental groups filed a lawsuit against Sue Bee Honey, a co-operative in Sioux City, Iowa,[...]

Weed of the Week: Saltcedar

My great aunt farmed for her whole career. She used to say, “a sharp hoe is as good as a rain any day.” And there are weeds where no registered chemistry is available or that can be applied in riparian areas, so manual removal is one of the only options. Saltcedar is one of those[...]

Straight-cut canola demands dry-down chemistry

Research and grower experience prove that straight cutting canola results in larger seeds, fewer green seeds, less dockage, better weed control, minor yield increases and zero risk of losing swaths in a big wind. Straight cutting also offers a way for a grower to stay on schedule even as the farm expands. It’s estimated that[...]

Dicamba use now restricted in fourth state, Tennessee

By Karl Plume CHICAGO, July 13 (Reuters) - Tennessee on Thursday imposed restrictions on the use of dicamba, a flagship pesticide for Monsanto, becoming the fourth state to take action as problems spread over damage the weed killer causes when it drifts to crops not genetically modified to withstand it. Dicamba has been around for[...]

Weed of the week: Stinkweed

Stinkweed isn’t the worst of the weeds that are common on the Prairies, but little by little it eats away at crop resources and selects itself for herbicide avoidance. It is fairly easy to kill with the right herbicides applied at the right time, but by the time farmers get the chance it has already[...]

Iowa’s resistant weed problem: what Canadian farmers can learn

SCHLESWIG, Iowa — Driving on Interstate 80, west of Des Moines, the land rolls more than many people might expect. There are also tree bluffs, scenic river valleys and billboards promoting wineries … in Iowa. Another unexpected sight was a highway sign pointing out the town of Winterset, which apparently is the birthplace of John[...]

Monsanto vows to fight California for linking glyphosate to cancer

(Reuters) — Glyphosate will be added to California’s list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7, the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment said June 26.
Monsanto, which uses the chemical to make Roundup, vowed to continue its legal fight against the designation, required under a state law known as Proposition 65. Monsanto[...]

Two U.S. states ban dicamba weed killer after drift complaints

July 7 (Reuters) - Missouri joined Arkansas on Friday in banning the use and sale of the herbicide dicamba after a rise in complaints that the agricultural chemical is drifting into neighbouring fields and damaging crops, the states agriculture departments said on Friday. Dicamba use and complaints about its use have spiked in the past[...]

Ag groups demand end to GM alfalfa approval

LA GLACE, Alta. — Fourteen Canadian agriculture organizations want the federal government to cancel registration of genetically modified alfalfa and test all imports of U.S.-grown alfalfa seed. They also want the locations of all GM alfalfa fields made public “so farmers can protect their fields and crops until all GM alfalfa varieties are taken off[...]

SSGA opposes Matador burn

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — The Sask-atchewan Stock Growers Association says prescribed burning in a protected area that hasn’t been grazed for 50 years should not be allowed.
The province’s parks ministry wants to burn about 320 acres of native grass in the Matador Prairie Protected Area before applying chemical to control weeds.
The ministry had hoped to[...]

WP top 10 online stories

It’s time for our semi-annual look at what our online viewers are reading. The results are always interesting and instructive for us at The Western Producer. Our 10th most read story this year is “Survey reveals ‘amazing’ soil loss in Great Plains region.” Published in January, this story pointed out that large amounts of nitrogen[...]