The writer says the Canola Council of Canada works against farmers’ interests when it advises not to use Clever on cleavers.  |  File photo

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 […] Read more

The pea leaf weevil can be a challenging pest to manage because there is a high risk of reinvasion of pea crops after spraying with a foliar-applied insecticide. | Photo supplied by Héctor Cárcamo.

Pea leaf weevil strikes southern Alta.

A mild winter helped the pest survive the winter, and an early and warm spring gave it an extra boost

Southern Alberta is suffering through the worst pea leaf weevil outbreak in its history. “It’s the number one insect concern for growers of peas and fababeans. This year we seem to have the worst outbreak that I have seen in the last 10 or 15 years, since they have become an issue,” said Héctor Cárcamo, […] Read more

Ian Scott hopes to find a new biological means to control insect pests in tomatoes and other greenhouse crops.  |  Jeffrey Carter photo

The push and pull of greenhouse pest control

The idea is to breed crops that are more attractive to pests, grow them in a specific area and spray mostly there

LONDON, Ont. — An Agriculture Canada researcher is taking what might be described as a “sucker punch” approach to greenhouse pest control. First draw target insect pests to desired areas within your greenhouse, and then knock them down. The research involves developing transgenic crop plants, including tomatoes, which can either be more attractive to insect […] Read more

Richardson, which operates oat milling plants in Portage la Prairie, Man., Martensville, Sask., and Barrhead, Alta., hasn’t witnessed problems with oats or heard complaints from its food industry 
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Richardson fine with glyphosate oats

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 […] Read more

The Agras MG1 is a battery powered, eight-motor helicopter with a 2.6 gallon spray tank that rinses clean after use.  |  DJI photo

Helicopter drone gets a tank full

Remote controlled aircraft straps on a bottle of chemical and gets into the business of pesticide application

A remote controlled aircraft maker from China has stepped into small agriculture in a big way. DJI is taking orders in China for a battery powered, eight-motor helicopter with a 2.6 gallon spray tank. The company said the drone can cover about 10 acres an hour at low water rates, even with four battery changes […] Read more

EU scientists say glyphosate unlikely to cause cancer

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) — Glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in humans, according to the European Food Safety Authority. However, it nevertheless proposed new limits today on the amount of residue of the herbicide that is deemed safe for humans to consume. The EFSA advises EU policymakers, and its conclusion could pave the way for […] Read more

Neonic issue continues to rankle Ont. farmers

A split was diverted within the Ontario Federation of Agriculture over the OFA’s talks with government about neonics

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — The Ontario farming community narrowly avoided a further split over the neonicotinoid issue during Grain Farmers of Ontario’s recent semi-annual meeting. Delegates at the Sept. 15 meeting had an opportunity to drop their membership in the Ontario Federation of Agriculture. Instead, they tabled the resolution. The GFO had refused to participate in […] Read more

Regulations on generic farm chemicals are too onerous and cost farmers millions, say companies trying to get new products to market.  |  William DeKay photo

Generic chemical makers want rules changed

PMRA regulations too onerous, they claim | Major manufacturers say federal rules strike the proper balance

Companies that make generic farm chemicals say Canadian rules are too restrictive and cost farmers millions of dollars a year. A spokesperson for a group representing some of those companies said last week that current regulations put too much financial risk on generic chemical manufacturers and offer too much protection to chemical companies that develop […] Read more

A former researcher agrees human health issues are increasing but blames it on chemicals such as cleaning products rather than farmers spraying glyphosate on their crops.  |  File photo

Glyphosate not causing human diseases

The information provided by Don Huber on glyphosate interactions with soil-borne micro-organisms is one of the first reports I have seen that provides legitimate concerns when it comes to the use of this chemical (Organic Matters, WP Dec. 20). Until now, I have generally regarded this chemical as one of the most innocuous of all […] Read more