Grain bugs lurk in Alberta bins

An Alberta cereal specialist is asking farmers to start checking their grain bins because more producers in the province are facing pest issues that they normally don’t have during this time of year. Clair Langlois with Alberta Agriculture said in a recent blog post that reports of grain bug infestation are likely a result of […] Read more

Diamondback moths pressure canola growers

Diamondback moths are the big story in canola of late, says Canola Council of Canada agronomy specialist Keith Gabert. He said Aug. 4 that farmer queries about the pesky insects have dominated his voice mail in recent days, and problems have been reported from Calgary to Winnipeg. “We’re reminding (farmers) that there’s no better way […] Read more

Alfalfa weevil infestation requires immediate action

Prairie growers should be checking their alfalfa fields for alfalfa weevils as soon as possible, say forage experts in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. If weevil larvae numbers are high, the alfalfa crop should be cut immediately, weather permitting. If that’s not possible, growers should consider a pesticide application. “There are many alfalfa fields where if it’s […] Read more

Growers warned to scout canola for flea beetles

Flea beetles are feeding on canola crops in some regions of the Prairies this spring, and growers are being advised to scout for the pests. Whether they take action will depend on number, level of damage and crop stage, but the type of flea beetle involved is also important. Crucifer flea beetles, which are solid […] Read more

Pea weevil recovery requires early detection

Pea leaf weevil is munching its way through pea crops to the point where at least one farmer near Fort Macleod, Alta., is considering plowing up the stand. Hector Carcamo, an entomologist and senior researcher at Agriculture Canada in Lethbridge, advises against that. “Never plow your field (of peas) even if it looks this bad,” […] Read more

Researcher keeps watch for new canola pest

Pollen beetles cause extensive damage 
to crops in the Maritimes and Europe 
but haven’t been spotted in the west … yet

Entomologist Hector Carcamo has seen many, many insects in his career but he has yet to lay eyes on Brassicogethes aeneus, otherwise known as the pollen beetle. He doesn’t want to, either. Carcamo, a research scientist with Agriculture Canada, works in Lethbridge and a sighting of the pollen beetle in his region would mean the […] Read more

Hunting licence no longer needed for wild boar in Sask.

Saskatchewan hunters may now hunt wild boar without a licence. The government has amended both the wildlife regulations and the stray animal regulations to allow feral or free-ranging wild boar to be killed. Hunters are still required to ask permission to hunt on private land and must follow proper safety precautions. Wild boar can become […] Read more

Growers face pest of different stripe

Striped flea beetles are taking over some of the territories once dominated by the crucifer flea beetle and that means farmers may have to change their control methods. Owen Olfert, a research scientist with Agriculture Canada and operator of the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network, said the species are different and must be treated as such. […] Read more

Seed treatments good way to fight flea beetles

Producers are urged to watch their canola fields closely but not to be too afraid of some feeding, which is necessary

Flea beetles account for more than $250 million annually in crop damage on the Prairies, despite farmers’ best efforts to control them. And with the mild winter and warm spring, farmers might want to be extra vigilant. Scott Hartley, Saskatchewan Agriculture entomologist, said he is not surprised to see beetle movement already because last year […] Read more

Alberta releases grasshopper outlook

Latest forecast map shows several hotspots to watch, but predictions depend on weather and could change with rain or cool conditions

When the lilacs begin to bloom, check the fields for grasshoppers. It’s a matter of timing, not of direct relationship. The grasshoppers that fly early in spring, before the lilacs reveal their blossom beauty, are not the ones farmers need to worry about, says Alberta Agriculture livestock and forage specialist Grant Lastiwka. But the hoppers […] Read more