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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[...]

France to vote against continued EU use of glyphosate

BRUSSELS, June 20 (Reuters) - France will vote on Friday against the continued use of weedkiller glyphosate, its environment minister said, adding to uncertainty over the future of widely-used products such as Monsanto's Roundup in the European Union. The EU licence for glyphosate expires at the end of June and, if it is not extended,[...]

Weed of the Week: field dock

Field dock’s single, sometimes forked, large taproot has allowed the weed to flourish since tillage was reduced in Western Canada. It pokes out of the crop where the sprayer missed, and at first the green flowers and stalks aren’t too noticeable. However, it later turns red and brown and sticks out like a sore thumb.[...]

EU states won’t back new glyphosate licence

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) — European Union nations refused to back a limited extension of glyphosate’s use June 6, threatening withdrawal of Monsanto’s Roundup and other herbicides from shelves if no decision is reached by the end of the month.
Contradictory findings on the carcinogenic risks of the chemical have thrust it into the centre of a[...]

Monsanto develops plan for GMO U.S. soy lacking EU import approval

CHICAGO, June 7 (Reuters) - Monsanto Co is developing plans to prevent a new variety of biotech U.S. soybeans from entering European markets where they are not approved, leaders of two agricultural trade groups said, in a sign of the growing impact of regulatory delays on the world's largest seed maker. The company is working[...]

U.S. lawmakers question whether EPA staff influenced WHO glyphosate review

CHICAGO, June 7 (Reuters) - Federal lawmakers are looking into how U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staff may have influenced findings by the World Health Organization that glyphosate probably caused cancer, according to a letter sent to the EPA on Tuesday. The letter - sent by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and[...]

EU nations refuse to back new licence for glyphosate weed-killer

BRUSSELS, June 6 (Reuters) - EU nations refused to back a limited extension of the herbicide glyphosate's use on Monday, threatening withdrawal of Monsanto's Roundup and other weed-killers from shelves if no decision is reached by the end of the month. Contradictory findings on the carcinogenic risks of the chemical have thrust it into the[...]

Widely used U.S. farm chemical atrazine may threaten animals

CHICAGO, June 2 (Reuters) - One of the most popular herbicides in U.S. agriculture can be dangerous to animals and fish and leaves behind worrisome residue levels, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday in a draft report that sparked outrage among farmers. The agency's assessment of atrazine could lead to tighter regulatory limits on[...]

Germany to abstain in EU glyphosate vote next week

BERLIN, June 3 (Reuters) - Germany will abstain in a European Union vote next week on the continued use of glyphosate in weed killers, because ministries run by different parties remain at odds over the chemical which some experts say could be carcinogenic. Contradictory findings on the carcinogenic risks of glyphosate have thrust the chemical[...]

Cleavers decision not serving farmers

The Canola Council of Canada, with the Western Grain Elevator Association and the Canola Oilseed Processors Association (collectively, the multinationals) have come out against quinclorac and in particular, Clever, (a low-cost solution for cleaver problems), which we feel do not convey the full story about quinclorac. Let’s look at the following statement by CCC president[...]

EU set to consider temporary extension of glyphosate licence over cancer row

BRUSSELS, June 1 (Reuters) - The European Commission will propose a temporary 12 to 18 month extension of EU authorisation for the weed killer glyphosate, used in Monsanto's Roundup, to allow time for a new scientific study into fears it may cause cancer. After failing to win support for an initial proposal for a 15-year[...]

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[...]