Crop Protection 2009 contains a considerable amount of updated information, including information on new chemicals, new mixes and novel herbicides. The Blue Book is a dependable resource that can help producers make decisions concerning herbicide, pesticide and fungicide controls.
“We are starting to see a trend where some of the older herbicides, insecticides and fungicides are coming off their copyright, so we’re seeing a lot more ‘me too’ products,” says Harry Brook, editor of the publication and crop specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Stettler. “While this means that there is a wider choice for producers, it also means that there’s more confusion with the number of different names for virtually the same thing.”
This year, some very interesting new chemical tools became available for insect control, and there are some new fungicidal chemicals, also. The Blue Book contains information on these new chemicals that will keep producers up to date and help them make the best control decisions.
The Blue Book includes:
information on how to use, mix and apply chemicals
new pesticide registrations, formulation changes, minor-use registrations
a complete guide to safety, including protective clothing and first aid
ideas, tips and directions for sprayer tank clean-out and storage precautions
The Blue Book is reviewed and updated each year.
Crop Protection 2009 is now available from Alberta Agriculture’s Publication Office, 7000-113 Street, Edmonton, AB T6H 5T6, by calling toll-free 1-800-292-5697. The guide can also be ordered online at www.agriculture.alberta.ca/publications.