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Richardson comfortable buying oats sprayed pre-harvest with glyphosate

Richardson International is maintaining the status quo when it comes to oats. The company will continue to accept oats that are sprayed pre-harvest with glyphosate. "We will take oats that meet our visual specs, whether they are treated with glyphosate or not," Al Raine, Richardson's assistant vice-president of crop inputs marketing, said Feb. 11 at[...]

ChemChina buys Syngenta

Growers should be happy that ChemChina is acquiring Syngenta instead of Monsanto, says Syngenta’s chief operating officer. “What is particularly pleasing about this particular outcome from my point of view is that it helps to preserve choice for growers at a time when in our industry we’re seeing a lot of consolidation,” Davor Pisk told[...]

New stacked trait canola to take on tough weeds

EDMONTON — Bayer has re-leased a few more details about its new stacked trait hybrid canola variety that combines LibertyLink and Roundup Ready Genius traits in the same seed. The company officially launched its first InVigor Choice variety, LR250, Jan. 22. It’s the first canola variety to offer resistance to Liberty, a Group 10 herbicide,[...]

Grain Millers Inc. firm on glyphosate-treated oats ban

Grain Millers Inc. is standing by its decision to avoid buying western Canadian oats that have been sprayed with pre-harvest glypho-sate. Procurement manager Terry Tyson told growers in Saskatoon that it will buy only oats that have been allowed to mature naturally, either standing or in the swath. Tyson said use of glyphosate as a[...]

Multi-species cover crops help control weeds

Garry Richards says incorporating a cover crop cocktail into his rotation helped him reduce the amount of fertilizer, herbicide, insecticide and fungicide he uses on his farm near Bangor, Sask. 
“Rather than reaching for them (chemicals) first, they are way down the line as far as a ways to produce crops,” Richards said after his[...]

Monsanto sues to keep glyphosate off Calif. carcinogen list

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — Monsanto has stepped up its defence of glyphosate by filing a lawsuit in California seeking to prevent the state from adding the herbicide to its list of known carcinogens.
The company filed the suit against the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and the agency’s acting director, Lauren Zeise.
California law requires[...]

Monsanto sues to keep herbicide off California list of carcinogens

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — Monsanto has stepped up its defense of glyphosate by filing a lawsuit in California seeking to prevent the state from adding the herbicide to its list of known carcinogens. The company filed the suit against the state's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and the agency's acting director, Lauren Zeise. California[...]

Over reliance on tank mixes could spark PR challenge

Rotate, rotate, rotate.
Not long ago that was the mantra of weed specialists.
The best defence against herbicide resistant weeds was a robust crop rotation and also a rotation of herbicides with various modes of action, or MOAs.
But rotating herbicides is less valuable than we thought.
Weed specialists are now talking about the superior benefits of tank mixed[...]

EU food agency defends glyphosate finding

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) — The head of Europe’s food safety watchdog has written to a group of senior scientists, strongly rejecting their criticisms in a row about the safety of glyphosate.
The European Food Safety Authority, which advises European Union policy makers, issued an opinion in November that gly-phosate is unlikely to cause cancer.
It was at[...]

Don’t assume neighbouring crop is RR soybean: adviser

ST JEAN BAPTISTE, Man. — There’s a lesson from Sesame Street that every farmer needs to remember:
“One of these things is not like the other,” Dennis Lange, a Manitoba Agriculture crop adviser in the soybean-heavy Red River Valley, said while showing photographs of three pulse crops. 
“Make sure you know what you have next door (when[...]

EU food safety watchdog hits back at scientists in glyphosate row

BRUSSELS, Belgium — The head of Europe's food safety watchdog has written to a group of senior scientists, strongly rejecting their criticisms in a row about the safety of glyphosate. The European Food Safety Authority, which advises European Union policymakers, issued an opinion in November that glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer. It was at[...]

Herbicide mixes tackle resistant weeds

A new research study from Illinois casts doubt on a commonly promoted method to combat herbicide resistant weeds. The study of herbicide records from hundreds of fields over an eight-year period in that state showed that rotating herbicides from year to year increased the likelihood of developing glyphosate resistant weeds. Joe Vink, weed management technical[...]

Stacked canola traits allows post seeding glyphosate application

Bayer is registering a hybrid canola that is resistant to both Liberty, glufosinate, and glyphosate herbicides. It may be available in 2016. “It’s not new to them (farmers),” said James Humphris, manager of seed traits at Bayer. “They have been using these traits for many years now. They are just both in the same hybrid[...]

Researchers outline options for wild oat control

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Controlling weeds in oats has always been a problem, but researchers are looking at integrated management strategies that could help. Eric Johnson of the University of Saskatchewan’s plant sciences department said wild oats, the second most abundant weed on the Prairies, is a major problem because it can’t be selectively removed[...]

Great farm stories still a good read online years later

An interesting thing happened last week. A story from more than two years ago was suddenly back among the most popular stories on our site.
This is no small feat, considering stories on Bill 6 and glyphosate have been dominant and driving record traffic to our site in recent weeks.
The story in question, and its accompanying[...]