February 25, 2024

Old corn pest returns with new threat

Bt corn hybrids have been the story of success in transgenic innovation, a gold standard of biotech pest management, first with European corn borer (ECB) and then corn rootworm (CRW). Now comes a case from Truro, N.S., whe...

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February 19, 2024

Online fusarium management tool due out this spring

Paul Bullock, who helped lead the development of a new online fusarium tool, said it is now expected to be rolled out to producers in Western Canada this spring. He expects the tool being developed by soil scientists at th...

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February 19, 2024

The Agronomists: Managing wheat midge with Drs. Santosh Kumar & Tyler Wist

Orange wheat blossom midge — or simply, the wheat midge — devastated spring wheat yields in the ’90s. Since then, wheat breeders have been working hard to build protection into wheat varieties. To help with tips to scout f...

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February 04, 2024

Video: Beating back flea beetle pressure

At Manitoba Ag Days last week, Chris Manchur, agronomy specialist with the Canola Council of Canada, spoke about the major pest pressures in Manitoba canola crops – flea beetles being a large culprit – and what steps growe...

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February 04, 2024

Corn School: Fungicides claim victory in the fight against tar spot

Tar spot was a little late arriving in Ontario cornfields in 2023, but the leaf disease ramped up post tasseling, and with an extended fall, took a late-season bite out of grain yields in southwestern areas of the province...

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February 04, 2024

Grasshoppers: Brace for impact

It’s still the middle of winter, but it’s never too early to think about grasshoppers. Meghan Vankosky, a field crop entomologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada based in Saskatoon, spoke during a crop update panel. ...

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January 28, 2024

Canola School: Getting a handle on verticillium

In 2023, verticillium was confirmed in new geographies in Saskatchewan, explains Courtney Ross, agronomy specialist with the Canola Council of Canada in this Canola School episode recorded following her presentation at Man...

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January 12, 2024

Potential exists for high spring ’hopper hatch

The number of crop-damaging grasshoppers has been rising in southern and eastern Alberta since 2021 and conditions favour the trend to continue, according to the latest forecast. Read more on the potential for a large hatc...

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December 22, 2023

Canola School: The pest hit list for the next growing season

Every year holds a certain level of unknown, but a few key pests are proving to be a likely issue for the coming growing season. For this episode of the Canola School, Lyndsey Smith is joined by editor of Canola Digest, Ja...

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November 30, 2023

Sawfly map shows insect hot spots in SK

A free online map that alerts Saskatchewan farmers about the potential threat posed by wheat stem sawflies has been launched in the province. Find out more on the tool from this Western Producer article.

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November 30, 2023

Bacterial leaf streak uncommon in SK

In the last few years, Andrew Friskop has tested many, many products on bacterial leaf streak — a disease of wheat, barley and cereal crops. The results were easy to analyze. “Long story short, nothing,” said Friskop, a pl...

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November 14, 2023

The scope, scale, & impact of aphanomyces in MT & ND

Aphanomyces is a destructive, persistent root disease of pulses that’s wreaking havoc on pea and lentil crops in Saskatchewan, Montana and North Dakota. Find out more on the scope and scale of the disease from this RealAgr...

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November 14, 2023

Soybean School: Fighting field bindweed

On this edition of the RealAgriculture Soybean School, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs weed specialist Mike Cowbrough looks at control options for the perennial pest in both identity-preserved (IP) ...

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