Called the “billion dollar beetle” in the U.S. Midwest, the western corn rootworm has been a huge economic issue for over 50 years. | Stefan Toepfer/CABI photo

Crop rotations in corn back in spotlight

New emphasis put on importance of rotations now that western corn rootworm has developed resistance to Bt varieties


The western corn rootworm has been a major pest in the United States for decades. Called the “billion dollar beetle” in the U.S. Midwest, it has been a huge economic issue for over 50 years. The pest is found across Canada. In 2016, it was first detected in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley with populations reaching […] Read more

Wireworms have been making a comeback in Prairies fields, as older chemistries that controlled them were lost. A new registration will help producers with their pest predicament.  |  Barb Glen photo

Feds approve wireworm insecticide

Cereal growers in Alberta and Saskatchewan have a new tool to fight wireworms. Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency on Oct. 19, registered a new insecticide from BASF called broflanilide. BASF has been promoting broflanilide for a while, but the registration means it will be available to Canadian farmers in 2021. “Growers have struggled for […] Read more