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It’s a sure sign of spring — the ‘Blue Book’ is here

It’s 600 pages of info on pesticide products, and an invaluable guide for producers across the province

This year’s edition of the ‘Blue Book’ is now available.

“An important part of the annual update includes newly registered pesticide products,” said crop specialist Mark Cutts, co-editor of the book, officially known as Crop Protection 2018.

“This year’s edition includes new additions to the four main pesticide types: herbicides, insecticides, seed treatments, and foliar fungicides. In addition to including new products, previously registered products are updated. Significant changes in some products, crops covered, and usage instructions give producers more options than ever.

“For 2018, foliar fungicides are the pesticide type with the most new registrations, continuing the trend seen in recent years of significant growth in registered foliar fungicide products.”

The new fungicides are registered for use on canola, cereal crops, pulse crops, and potatoes.

There are limited new registrations for seed treatments and insecticides. One new seed treatment will be available in 2018, and it is registered on a variety of cereal crops. Newly registered insecticides are available for use on cereal crops, oilseed crops, and potatoes.

“New herbicide registrations include products that can be used in pre-seed applications or in-crop applications,” said Cutts. “Pre-seed herbicides are registered for use ahead of seeding wheat or on fallow acres. New in-crop herbicide products are registered for use on wheat.”

When using pesticides, it is important to be aware of pesticide resistance. It is recommended that pesticide products be selected based on chemical group and active ingredient. All pesticide products presented in the Blue Book have their chemical group and active ingredient listed.

The book can be downloaded for free on the Alberta Agriculture website. A hard copy, which costs $12, can also be ordered online or by calling 780-427-0391.

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