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Herbicide use spikes in Alberta

A large American study has found genetically modified crops have dramatically increased the amount of herbicides applied to soybeans. As well, data from Alberta suggest that GM crops have had an even greater impact in Western Canada, as the amount of herbicide sold in the province nearly doubled from 2003 to 2013. The provincial government,[...]

Spray droplet size matters

Surfactants have been in common use for decades, but the idea of adding a vegetable oil deposition adjuvant to improve droplet size, enhance coverage and reduce drift is still relatively new. When a deposition adjuvant is doing its job, more of the droplets are of a uniform size and they are closer in size to[...]

New study finds glyphosate not cancer-causing

Yet another study is refuting the idea that glyphosate causes cancer. In a paper published online today in Critical Reviews in Toxicology, four independent panels of experts looked at the relevant research on glyphosate and whether it's carcinogenic. The group of 16 scientists, from Canada, the United States, Denmark, Brazil and the United Kingdom and[...]

Less time spent filling means more time spent spraying

Cutting sprayer fill times in half would significantly improve farmers’ bottom lines, says a spraying systems engineer. Syngenta researcher Doug Baumann has developed and proofed a mathematical model showing how a producer can fill a 1,200 gallon sprayer in six to eight minutes. He said optimizing fill time is the easiest way for farmers to[...]

Small changes, big benefits

Preventing the spread of herbicide resistant weeds does not have to be a daunting task, according to an expert.
“It starts with one field and it starts today,” said Kate Sanford Mitchell, project manager for North American canola, pulses and cereals at Bayer.
She said growers can make small agronomic changes one field at a time to[...]

Glyphosate likely not carcinogenic says U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

CHICAGO, Sept 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said its current position on glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto Co's Roundup herbicide, is that the chemical is not likely carcinogenic to humans. The agency's "proposed" position on the controversial chemical was outlined in a 227-page paper it published on the[...]

Bakers monitor glyphosate residues

The baking industry has heard plenty about the evils of gluten over the last few years. The last thing the sector needs is another controversy, which is why the Baking Association of Canada is keeping a close eye on glyphosate residue in bread and baked goods. “We are concerned about anything that would deter consumers[...]

Keep customer in mind when combining

Warren Buffet once quipped, “it takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” This is something worth thinking about as we start to prepare for 
harvest. Canada has a strong reputation for consistently delivering safe, high-quality grain to our customers both[...]

Exports in jeopardy if pesticides used improperly

On millions of fridges across North America there’s a magnet or sticker that reads “dance like nobody’s watching.” Canada’s grain industry wants prairie farmers to take an opposite approach: use pesticides carefully at harvest time because everybody’s watching. “It’s a good assumption that every country we’re exporting (grain) to is going to test (for pesticide[...]

Granola bar maker slapped with glyphosate lawsuit

Three American groups, all supporters of organic agriculture, are suing General Mills over glyphosate residues in Nature Valley granola bars. Moms Across America, Beyond Pesticides and the Organic Consumers Association filed the lawsuit Aug. 24 in the District of Columbia Superior Court. The groups claim General Mills is misleading the public because the label on[...]

Solution to regulatory barriers needed for ag trade

Canada obviously needs an immediate answer for the canola dockage dispute with China, but a larger, long-term quandary might be more important for Canadian farmers: how will Canada prevent future trade battles with China over agri-food products?
For instance, China could potentially introduce new rules for growth promotants in Canadian beef or glyphosate residues in Canadian[...]

Ontario growers failing to prevent herbicide drift

RIDGETOWN, Ont. — Herbicide drift can be managed, but the risk may be too great even when the best protocols are in place. “If there are sensitive crops around you, you can make the decision not to apply a chemical,” said Adam Pfeffer, a development representative with Monsanto. “If a plant is sensitive to a[...]

Weather focus of coffee row

The headline on our story was ominous: “It’s going to keep raining; harvest when you can.”
That story was on early on Aug. 8, and readers poured onto it like the blistering rain some of us have seen over the past 24 hours (as I write on Monday afternoon).
Three more days of potential rain were[...]

Unapproved GM wheat found in Wash. field: USDA

REUTERS — Genetically modified wheat developed by Monsanto and never approved by United States government regulators, has been found growing in a Washington state farm field, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The discovery of 22 unapproved genetically modified wheat plants has prompted an investigation by federal and state investigators — the third such discovery in[...]

USDA confirms unapproved GMO wheat found in Washington state

Updated: 14:25, CST July 29 (Reuters) - Genetically modified wheat developed by Monsanto Co, and never approved by federal regulators, has been found growing in a Washington state farm field, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Friday. The discovery of 22 unapproved genetically modified (GMO) wheat plants has prompted an investigation by federal[...]