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When this year’s edition of the Blue Book comes out in spring, take a bit of time to explore “hidden gems of information,” says crop specialist and co-author Harry Brook.

Crop protection Blue Book is popular, but not fully appreciated

Co-author says annual crop protection manual has valuable info on modes of action, resistance, and other topics

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Blue Book is known for its comprehensive list of pesticide products for use on major field crops, but the crop protection manual has “vast amounts of additional information,” says its co-editor. “These pages contain the hidden gems of information that are valuable to producers,” said provincial crop specialist Harry Brook. One example is herbicide […] Read more

New Blue Book is now available

New Blue Book is now available

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Crop Protection publication — a.k.a. the Blue Book — is now available. The 2019 edition has newly registered pesticide products, updates on previously registered ones, and changes in usage instructions. “There are a couple of new herbicide products, but there are many more minor changes to existing registrations,” said crops specialist and co-editor Harry […] Read more

WinField United Canada will operate out of Saskatoon, serving about 60 independent ag input retailers. (

Mergers spawn expanded supply network for input dealers

A wholesale buying network set up by and for independent Prairie crop input retailers, against a rising tide of industry consolidation, is now growing through consolidation. The Prairie retailers, who in 2010 set up Grow Community of Independents to collectively build up their retail and agronomic offerings, are now independent members of a new entity, […] Read more


Crop chemical maker FMC aims for growth after DuPont deal

Reuters — Pesticide seller FMC Corp. will aim for its industry’s fastest revenue growth with the help of assets acquired from rival DuPont, even as farm markets struggle to recover, CEO Pierre Brondeau said on Monday. Philadelphia-based FMC will focus on increasing sales of crop chemicals developed internally, and avoid big acquisitions for a few […] Read more


BASF still out for ag chem deals

Frankfurt | Reuters –– German chemicals giant BASF said it would continue to push for acquisitions to shore up its crop protection business, after the antitrust-related sale of assets from the merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont left it empty-handed. “We are generally interested in strengthening our business further, acquisitions are part of that, that […] Read more

2014 Blue Book - crop protection manual

2014 Blue Book ready

Reading Time: < 1 minute The 2014 version of the “Blue Book” is now available. Officially called the Crop Protection book, the 2014 edition has several new entries in its four sections (herbicides, insecticides, seed treatments and foliar fungicides), said Mark Cutts, crop specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. These include newly registered foliar fungicides; new seed treatment products […] Read more