One of the most widely requested publications from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is the Blue Book.
“An important part of the annual update is the addition of newly registered products,” said provincial crop specialist Mark Cutts. “For the 2015 Blue Book, a number of new pesticide entries have been added. New product additions were made to all four pesticide sections (herbicides, insecticides, seed treatments and foliar fungicides). Significant changes in some products, crops covered and usage instructions/selector charts give producers better options than ever.”
Newly registered seed treatments focus on wireworm suppression. These seed treatments contain active ingredients that provide early-season wireworm protection in cereals.
Other seed treatment products have added additional fungicides to provide a more complete disease package. A number of new insecticides have been registered for use in 2015. Most of the new insecticides are registered for use on potatoes to control insects such aphids and Colorado potato beetle.
“Compared to the previous few years, there were fewer foliar fungicides registered for 2015,” said Cutts. “New foliar fungicides are available for use on pulse crops and potatoes. For 2015, new herbicides were also introduced, however, these products use existing herbicide modes of action. These new herbicide entries were registered for in-crop use and vegetation control in non-crop areas.”
Free digital copies of the 2015 Crop Protection book are available at agriculture.alberta.ca. Print copies cost $12 and can be ordered on the website or by calling 780-427-0391.