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Forages and grasslands are not just about cattle and hay, they also provide a major environmental benefit for all Canadians.  Photo: Canadian Forage and Grassland Association

It’s Canada’s biggest crop – but forage research remains a hard sell

There has been a dramatic drop in forage research, but it’s not just 
because producers could make more money growing canola

Reading Time: 4 minutes More than 52 million acres in Alberta are currently used to graze livestock or produce crops like alfalfa and timothy hay, but farmers who manage grasslands and forage fields say their industry is declining so rapidly its future is at risk. “The long-term graph of forage research shows a dramatic drop — probably 70 per […] Read more

Helen Thompson, a Syngenta bee researcher.

Syngenta scientist casts doubts on neonicotinoid research

One U.K.-based researcher believes the real culprit behind colony collapse is inexperience, 
poor weather, mites and disease — not neonicotinoids

Reading Time: 2 minutes A Syngenta bee researcher told the recent GrowCanada conference neonicotinoids are being unfairly blamed for declining bee populations. “The risk to bee populations from neonicotinoids as they are currently used and used according to the label, is low,” Helen Thompson, a Syngenta bee researcher, told attendees. The U.K.-based scientist said studies used in the European […] Read more