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Be aware of pre-harvest herbicide application restrictions

We are approaching the time of year when all great plans seem to go out the window. That time is harvest. No matter how well planting was planned, everything seems to be ready to swath or desiccate at the same time. As a result, decisions are sometimes made that, when looking in the rear view[...]

Manitoba releases latest crop report

SOUTHWEST Most of the region received rainfall with amounts ranging from five to 35 millimetres. Some hail was reported. Growing conditions persisted, and crop conditions are rated good. Low levels of leaf diseases and fusarium head blight are observed in some spring wheat. No major insect activity is noted with natural predators controlling populations. Hay[...]

U.S. House passes anti-GMO labeling law

July 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a hotly debated measure that blocks any mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, including pre-empting a state law set to take effect next year in Vermont. Dubbed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act by supporters, but the "Deny Americans[...]

Monsanto says panel to review WHO finding on cancer link to herbicide

By Carey Gillam July 14 (Reuters) - Monsanto Co, whose Roundup is one of the world's most widely used herbicides, said on Tuesday it has arranged for an outside scientific review of a World Health Organization finding that the weed killer's key ingredient probably causes cancer. The WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)[...]

Weed of the Week: wild mustard

Wild mustard remains an elusive foe in Western Canada, despite all the great tools for controlling broadleaf weeds. It remains one of the pests that producers struggle with every year. The weed can condemn a canola crop to the sample reject bin if more than five percent is found. It is also a threat to[...]

In Depth: CSCA meeting, 2015

The Western Producer's reporter/analyst Sean Pratt attended the Canadian Special Crops Association (CSCA) Pulse and Special Crop Meeting in Calgary June 21-23, 2015. Here is his coverage of the event: Industry prepares for year of pulses  The pulse industry is gearing up for a year of partying. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization has[...]

EPA’s lawsuit settlementmay affect glyphosate use

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency quietly announced a new policy on glyphosate last week that could alter the future of the herbicide. After years of legal manoeuvres, the EPA settled a lawsuit with the Center for Biological Diversity, an American environmental group. The settlement requires the EPA to evaluate glyphosate’s impact on all endangered species[...]

Monsanto moving forward with new tolerance

OAKVILLE, Man. — If nothing else, Danielle Berard will remember one lesson from the morning of June 23: it’s nearly impossible to talk over the sound of a freight train. Berard, a Monsanto Canada agronomist, was one of several company reps who spoke at a field training session about 250 metres from the main Canadian[...]

Weed of the Weed: Canada Thistle

Canada thistle’s ability to thrive in most prairie field conditions makes it a tough problem for producers. The good news is that despite its prevalence across the West, this member of the sunflower family is often confined to patches where it can be targeted for control. Creeping thistle, as it is known in some parts[...]

2,4-D may cause cancer: WTO

In a decision that angered many toxicologists and pesticide experts, the World Health Organization has classified 2,4-D as an agent that “possibly” causes cancer in humans.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the WHO that identifies causes of cancer so preventive action can be taken, reviewed research on 2,4-D at an[...]

Monsanto shifts focus

Monsanto Co. plans to invest potentially more than US $1 billion in a dicamba herbicide production plant.
Monsanto officials expect to spend the money over the next three to five years expanding a plant in Luling, Louisiana, to produce dicamba, which is used in tandem with glyphosate in the company’s “Roundup Ready Xtend” crop system. 

WP website attention getters

As we hit the half way mark in 2015, it’s worth looking at what stories have caught the attention of Western Producer online readers. Let’s look at the top 10. 
1. Rising waters wash away land, farmers’ futures. The top-read story detailed the difficulties farmers in the Quill Lakes area southeast of Humboldt, Sask., experienced[...]

Farmers must take lead on issues instead of deflecting criticisms

The announcements coming from environmental and health organizations about various chemicals used by farmers are starting to resemble a prosaic call-and-response refrain.
That is, a warning is issued that something is bad for you, and various groups, including some farm organizations and those representing the manufacturers of the compounds, respond with more context that sometimes isn’t[...]

Apply dicamba early as possible

OAKVILLE, Man. — Growers can apply dicamba and glyphosate to Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans at a range of crop stages.
However, the best method is early application, preferably right out of the gate. 
“We’ve studied this trait and the different uses of dicamba within the cropping system. We really feel that the maximum benefit[...]

Producers with droughty pastures, hay land have millet options

Cattle producers who have suffered significant hail damage this spring may want to consider planting a forage millet.
Two main millet species are planted in Western Canada. 
Crown millet, formally known as Panicum milaceum and also called proso or grain millet, is grown primarily for feed grain and birdseed, but it has also been grown successfully[...]