Crop producers across the West can now access pest information and insect risk maps through a new website located at prairiepest.ca. | Screencap via prairiepest.ca

Website helps monitor insect pests

Keeping an eye on potentially costly, crop-eating insects just got easier for grain and oilseed farmers. Crop producers across the West can now access pest information and insect risk maps through a new website located at www.prairiepest.ca. The website was launched today by the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network (PPMN). “We are really excited to be […] Read more

The phasing out of neonicotinoid seed treatments in Canada may cause problems for the country's canola growers when dealing with flea beetles, but alternatives pesticides could fill the gap. | Canola Council of Canada photo

Neonicotinoid phase-out reduces canola flea beetle control tools

Winnipeg – The phasing out of neonicotinoid seed treatments in Canada may cause problems for the country’s canola growers when dealing with flea beetles, but alternatives pesticides could fill the gap. Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is proposing that two neonicotinoid pesticides, clothianidin and thiamethoxam, be phased out over the next three to […] Read more

Alfalfa growers have new control options for alfalfa weevils, but the application window is tight to avoid damage to leafcutter bees.  |  File photo

Researchers find possible alfalfa weevil control

Alfalfa seed growers want more weapons in their arsenal against alfalfa weevil and research now shows promising possibilities. The weevils can drastically reduce seed production, and populations in the Rosemary, Alta., region have become resistant to available pesticides. Paul Tiege, a research scientist with Olds College, has undertaken studies on other chemical options on behalf […] Read more


Scott Hartley, insect and vertebrate pest specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, says there are several insects that producers should be watching for, especially as the growing season progresses. Cutworms are one insect that could pose a threat to crops in the near-term. | File photo

Wet conditions leave Saskatchewan bugged out

Winnipeg, June 1 (CNS Canada) – Seeding delays in Saskatchewan means little buzz-worthy news about insects, but producers should still be scouting fields moving into the growing season. “The bigger issue is that it’s been wet,” said Scott Hartley, insect and vertebrate pest specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture. That wetness delayed seeding in much of the […] Read more

Timing critical when deciding when to spray for flea beetles

Spending a toonie to prevent a loonie’s worth of damage doesn’t make sense. The same principle applies when deciding whether to spray flea beetles in young canola crops. The visual signs of leaf decimation can be enough to make even the most seasoned veteran canola grower call in the sprayer. Conventional wisdom says to start […] Read more