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Armyworm resistance to GMO crops seen in U.S.

(Reuters) — Crop-devouring armyworms are showing increasing resistance in some U.S. farm fields to a popular type of genetically modified crop that should kill them, scientists said on Monday. The evolution of insect resistance "is a great threat" long-term to the sustainability of the GMO crop biotechnology that has become a highly valued tool for[...]

Controversial French scientist defends GMO, pesticide research

French scientist Gilles-Eric Seralini says attempts to discredit him and his research into GMOs and pesticides are negated by the fact his work continues.
Speaking to about 150 people in Regina Nov. 6, Seralini said he and fellow scientists have published new work on pesticide toxicity and are ready to publish more.
“We have republished our study,[...]

Controversial French scientist defends GMO research

French scientist Gilles-Eric Seralini says attempts to discredit him and his research into GMOs and pesticides are negated by the fact his work continues. Speaking to about 150 people in Regina Nov. 6, Seralini said he and fellow scientists have published new work on pesticide toxicity and are ready to publish more. "We have republished[...]

RNA technology may offer resistance help

Monsanto is field testing what Robb Fraley, the company’s chief technology officer, considers one of the most exciting agricultural innovations he has seen. BioDirect technology is a way to create biological pesticides by topically applying double-stranded ribonucleic acid (RNA) to organisms to control gene expression in plants or pathogens. The double-stranded RNA attacks messenger RNA[...]

Live Blog: Seralini set to present in Regina

By Robert Arnason | Opinion Canadian organic farmers and organic trade associations have said they maintain a 'live and let live' philosophy, where they accept all forms of agricultural production. It appears organic farmers in Saskatchewan never received the 'live and let live' memo. A group of organic producers in Saskatchewan raised approximately $5,000 to[...]

Herbicide critics launch lawsuit

(Reuters) — A coalition of U.S. farm and environmental groups has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn regulatory approval granted for an herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California, argues that the Environmental Protection Agency did not adequately analyze the impact of one[...]

New markets a priority for Soy Canada chair

THAMESVILLE, Ont. — The recently named chair of Soy Canada hopes his interest in market development will prove helpful as Canadian acreage of the oilseed crop increases.
Mark Huston, who farms near Thamsville with his father, uncle and cousin, said some industry players feel soybeans could one day rival canola as Canada’s No. 1 oilseed crop.[...]

Chem fallow adds to weed issues, says researcher

There is one thing growers can do immediately to stem the tide of herbicide resistant weeds, says a weed expert.
“I would like to see chem fallow eliminated because it is a breeding ground for glyphosate resistance,” said Hugh Beckie, Agriculture Canada’s herbicide resistance expert.
Bad things happen when growers apply herbicide to bare ground, he said[...]

Wild oats resistance could become next quandary for prairie farmers

Western Canadian farmers will have a tough time battling the next glyphosate resistant weed, says an expert. Wild oats is the most likely candidate to follow resistant kochia, according to a risk assessment model developed by Hugh Beckie, a weed scientist with Agriculture Canada. The same model successfully forecast kochia as Western Canada’s first glyphosate[...]

Wild oats likely to develop glyphosate resistance

Wild oats is the most likely next weed to develop glyphosate resistance, says a weed expert. Hugh Beckie, weed scientist with Agriculture Canada, successfully predicted kochia as the first glyphosate resistant weed one year before it was discovered in a field in southern Alberta. The same risk assessment model tells him wild oats will be[...]

Herbicide resistant expert dreams of a day with no chem fallow

There is one thing growers can do immediately to stem the tide of herbicide resistant weeds, says a weed expert. “I would like to see chem fallow eliminated because it is a breeding ground for glyphosate resistance,” said Hugh Beckie, Agriculture Canada’s herbicide resistance expert. Bad things happen when growers apply herbicide to bare ground,[...]

New stacked herbicide still needs approval in export markets

Dow’s Enlist technology is now fully approved in the United States, but the company must still overcome roadblocks to fully commercialize corn and soybeans with stacked herbicide tolerance.
The U.S. approval means a substantial number of corn and soybean farmers in Canada and the U.S. will grow crops with herbicide tolerance for glyphosate and 2,4-D next[...]

Canola continues to lead market

NEW ORLEANS, La. — Approval delays continue to push back the rollout of high oleic soybeans.
The U.S. soybean industry is anxious to get into the commercial production phase of the crop because it is losing huge market share to imported canola and palm oil brought in to replace partially hydrogenated soybean oil.
Soybean growers thought approvals[...]

Critics of Dow herbicide sue U.S. EPA over approval

(Reuters) — A coalition of U.S. farmer and environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to overturn regulatory approval granted last week for an herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California, argues that the Environmental Protection Agency did not adequately analyze[...]

New full-tilt tillage tools hit market

Manufacturers are switching their focus from moisture conservation implements to full-tilt tillage tools as waterlogged fields become the muddy new norm rather than the exception. In response to farmer demand, Sunflower introduced two new implements in September: the 6650-48 vertical tillage tool and two split-wing 1436 disc harrows. Dennis Lewallen, chief engineer on both cultivator[...]