A demonstrator holds up a tortilla during a protest against glyphosate and genetic modification of crops in Mexico City in 2015. Public pressure on politicians to defy producer groups and scientic research has an effect on public policy in that country.  |  REUTERS/Ginnette Riquelme photo

Mexico to phase out glyphosate

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico will gradually phase out use of the herbicide glyphosate by the time the current administration ends in late 2024, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday, following a ministerial spat over the product. Acknowledging differences between his agriculture and environment ministries over the herbicide, which is used in brands […] Read more

As the crop matures and grain moisture reaches 30 percent, 80 percent of the plant is yellow to brown and pods will rattle when shaken. Seeds from the top third of the plant are fully-formed and firm, while seeds from the bottom third are hard and tan to brown.  |  SaskPulse photo

Glyphosate concerns cause producer pulses to rise

Producers concerned about what would happen if they could no longer apply the herbicide to their crops before harvest

Harvesting lentils has become complicated with the increased sensitivity to pesticide residue by international buyers of the pulse crop. Some grain buyers will not accept lentils treated with pre-harvest glyphosate due to scrutiny in the global marketplace and low maximum residue limits . Ideally, using a desiccant including diquat, Reglone, will provide an adequate dry-down […] Read more

In June, Richardson International told oat growers on its customer list, that it will no longer purchase oats if they have been treated with a pre-harvest desiccant.
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Oat acres in limbo

Starting next year, the two largest oat millers in Canada will only buy oats that are free of glyphosate. That could cause oat acres to drop in 2021 and in subsequent years because some producers may refuse to grow oats or decide to grow less. “I would suspect we could see a decline in acres. […] Read more


The German company said that lawyers representing those preparing a class action had withdrawn a request for court approval of the $1.25 billion future claims scheme, part of a broader $10.9 billion agreement to settle close to 100,000 U.S. lawsuits related to Roundup. | Bayer photo

Future claims portion of Bayer Roundup settlement on hold

FRANKFURT/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bayer was forced on Wednesday to delay part of a proposed settlement of allegations that its widely used weedkiller Roundup caused cancer after a U.S. judge questioned its plan to deal with future claims. The German company said that lawyers representing those preparing a class action had withdrawn a request for […] Read more

Richardson informed producers of its new policy last month in an email to oat growers in Western Canada. | File photo

Major oat buyer to ban pre-harvest glyphosate

UPDATED – Thursday July 9, 2020 – 1020 CST – updated to include comments from Richardson Milling – Starting next year, Richardson Milling will no longer purchase oats that have been sprayed with pre-harvest glyphosate or any type of desiccant. Richardson informed producers of its new policy last month in an email to oat growers […] Read more


The agreements, between Bayer and numerous law firms in America, don't apply to potential class action lawsuits in Canada, said Tony Merchant, founder of Merchant Law Group. | File photo

Bayer glyphosate deal doesn’t apply to Canada

Agricultural giant was facing thousands of lawsuits in the United States and chose to settle in that country

Bayer is committing more than US$10 billion to resolve lawsuits in the United States connected to Roundup, the company recently announced. But the agreements, between Bayer and numerous law firms in the U.S., don’t apply to potential class action lawsuits in Canada, said Tony Merchant, founder of Merchant Law Group. “We don’t really know, right […] Read more

The agreements, between Bayer and numerous law firms in America, don't apply to potential class action lawsuits in Canada, said Tony Merchant, founder of Merchant Law Group. | File photo

Bayer glyphosate deal doesn’t apply to Canada

Bayer is committing more than US $10 billion to resolve U.S. lawsuits connected to Roundup, the company announced today. But the agreements, between Bayer and numerous law firms in America, don’t apply to potential class action lawsuits in Canada, said Tony Merchant, founder of Merchant Law Group. “We don’t really know, right now, where this […] Read more

The company said it will make a payment of $8.8 billion to $9.6 billion to resolve the current Roundup litigation - including an allowance expected to cover unresolved claims - and $1.25 billion to support a separate class agreement to address potential future litigation. Bayer did not admit liability or wrongdoing. | File photo

Bayer agrees to pay to settle Roundup lawsuits

FRANKFURT/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bayer AG, after more than a year of talks, agreed to pay as much as $10.9 billion (USD) to settle close to 100,000 U.S. lawsuits claiming that its widely-used weedkiller Roundup caused cancer, resolving litigation that has pummeled the company’s share price. The German drugs and pesticides maker has come to […] Read more


The glyphosate-livestock connection

Tim McAllister knows hundreds of scientists, possibly thousands. That’s because he’s the principal research scientist for ruminant nutrition and microbiology with Agriculture Canada in Lethbridge and an adjunct professor at six Canadian universities and universities in China and India. McAllister, who grew up on a farm near Innisfail, Alta., has authored or co-authored 660 peer-reviewed […] Read more

France needs to retain pesticides to combat new plant diseases spread by international trade and climate change even as it tries to phase out some crop chemicals like glyphosate. | File photo

French regulator says pesticides a priority in curbing new plant diseases

PARIS, (Reuters) – France needs to retain pesticides to combat new plant diseases spread by international trade and climate change even as it tries to phase out some crop chemicals like glyphosate, the country’s health and safety agency said late last month. A first case was confirmed in France last week of a virus that […] Read more