Seed moisture must be less than 30 percent when pre-harvest glyphosate is applied.  |  File photo

Extra care urged when applying fall glyphosate

Producers are warned that herbicide residues detected in overseas shipments could potentially disrupt international export market

Crop specialists say farmers should be more mindful if applying pre-harvest glyphosate this fall, given many fields have uneven levels of maturity. They say producers will have to make sure all crops reach their maturity level before applying. If they apply too early, residues could end up in kernels and potentially jeopardize markets. “Consumers around […] Read more

More than 18,400 plaintiffs claim Roundup causes a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and legal experts say Bayer, which acquired the herbicide when it bought Monsanto, and the plaintiffs face several obstacles on the path toward settlement.  |  REUTERS/Mike Blake photo

Bayer faces obstacles settling Roundup lawsuits

(Reuters) — Bayer is in mediation to potentially settle thousands of American lawsuits claiming that the company’s Roundup weed killer causes cancer, but some legal experts said the cases raise questions that may prevent an easy settlement. More than 18,400 plaintiffs claim Roundup causes a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Bayer to date has […] Read more

Crop specialists say producers will have to make sure all crops reach their maturity level before applying. If they apply too early, residues could end up in kernels and potentially jeopardize markets. | File photo

Farmers urged to take extra care when applying fall glyphosate

Crop specialists say farmers should be more mindful if applying pre-harvest glyphosate this fall, given many fields have uneven levels of maturity. They say producers will have to make sure all crops reach their maturity level before applying. If they apply too early, residues could end up in kernels and potentially jeopardize markets. “Consumers around […] Read more


General Mills is hoping to cut pesticide use in its supply chain for a number of reasons but the number one reason is its customers.
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General Mills uses contracts to avoid glyphosate

Company hasn’t taken hard line on pre-harvest herbicide use but is experimenting with ways to avoid the practice

General Mills, like all companies, needs happy and satisfied customers. That’s why it’s asking suppliers, farmers who produce oats, wheat, sugar, soybeans and other commodities, to reduce pesticide use. “We can see the trends. Consumers want less pesticide in their food,” said John Wiebold, General Mills vice president, North American direct material sourcing. “They want […] Read more

General Mills, which is best known for its Cheerios cereal, doesn’t specifically mention pre-harvest use of glyphosate in its pesticide reduction strategy, but a Manitoba oat grower says farmers who are part of the company’s sustainability program are not allowed to use pre-harvest glyphosate.  |  Reuters/Jason Lee photo

General Mills wants farmers to reduce use of pesticides

UPDATED – August 26, 2019 1445 CST – This story has been updated with the addition of comments from John Wiebold, vice president, North American direct material sourcing at General Mills. “We are working to reduce the need for synthetic pesticides”: General Mills. Over the last five years, or so, General Mills has committed to […] Read more


Several of the survey’s 45 questions pertain to unintended contact with a glyphosate on the farm, adapting practices to minimize the risk, the percentage of contaminated acres and financial loss incurred. | Screencap via Twitter/@SaskOrganics

Survey asks organic farmers about glyphosate effects

A survey of organic producers is underway to better understand the economic impact glyphosate contamination has on Saskatchewan’s organic sector. “It’s never been done before. In the fall we’ll have a report on the findings in aggregate so that we have some indication of what that dollar figure is,” said Marla Carlson, executive director of […] Read more

More than 18,400 plaintiffs claim Roundup causes a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. | File photo

What are the obstacles to Bayer settling Roundup lawsuits?

(Reuters) – Bayer AG is in mediation to potentially settle thousands of U.S. lawsuits claiming that the company’s Roundup weed killer causes cancer, but some legal experts said the cases raises novel questions that may prevent an easy settlement. More than 18,400 plaintiffs claim Roundup causes a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Bayer to […] Read more

“We listened. We learned,” Bayer said on its website, adding that it had “heightened responsibility and ... unique potential to advance farming for the benefit of society and the planet.”
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Bayer looks for new herbicides

FRANKFURT, Germany (Reuters) — Germany’s Bayer seeks to repair its reputation after damage caused by litigation in United States over claims its glyphosate pesticide causes cancer. It has promised to invest five billion euros (C$7.5 billion) in weed killer research. Bayer’s shares hit seven-year lows after a California couple was last month awarded more than […] Read more


Glyphosate is a key ingredient in Roundup | File photo

Bayer to invest $7.5 billion in weedkiller research to help reputation

FRANKFURT, June 14 (Reuters) – Germany’s Bayer sought to repair its reputation on Friday after damage caused by U.S. litigation over claims its glyphosate pesticide causes cancer, saying it would invest 5 billion euros (CDN $7.5 billion) in weedkiller research. Bayer’s shares hit seven-year lows after a California couple was last month awarded more than […] Read more

On April 30 the EPA released its review of the safety of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide. In a news release the agency was crystal clear about its findings.
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U.S. releases clear stance on glyphosate

Len Ritter has been a toxicologist for more than four decades and during his career he’s read thousands of reports on pesticides. But when the United States Environmental Protection Agency recently said that “glyphosate is not a carcinogen”, Ritter was stunned by the tone and language in the report. “Regulatory agencies are never that clear… […] Read more