International trade is becoming increasingly complicated when it comes to maximum residue limits (MRL). The PMRA is the federal agency that helps Canadian trade teams work through MRL concerns with trading partners.  | Robin Booker photo

Ag Drag

PMRA’s decision to reduce international engagement when it comes to MRLs could impede Canadian agricultural exports.

Health Canada is under pressure from Agriculture Canada and the standing committee on agriculture and the standing committee on finance to change how the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) operates. Farm groups have lobbied the government for the PMRA to take their needs into consideration because the agency’s activity has significant bearing on the agriculture […] Read more

New guide helps identify cutworms

This is the time to scout fields for cutworms, and this year farmers have a new resource to help them identify type. Twenty-one species are itemized in Cutworm Pests of Crops on the Canadian Prairies, an identification and management field guide prepared by Agriculture Canada entomologist and researcher Kevin Floate. About seven of those species […] Read more

Farmers have a variety of options for controlling Richardson’s ground squirrels.  |  File photo

Time running out for poisoning gophers

Adults are out now, which are ideal targets for baiting; poisoning young animals just takes food away from raptors

PINCHER CREEK, Alta. — Action within the next two weeks will be needed for farmers who want to limit damage this year from Richardson’s ground squirrels, commonly known as gophers. Phil Merrill, Alberta Agriculture’s pest specialist, told those at an April 8 agricultural services meeting that the narrow treatment window relates to the rodents’ life […] Read more


Expert ag chem advice found online

The wide variety of pest control choices available to farmers can make it difficult to decide which products to choose. Enter Chris Hawkins, who created an online pest control advisory service called AgChemExpert to make the decision a bit easier. Hawkins, a pest control adviser from Oak Bluff, Man., with 12 years experience, hired a […] Read more