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Is early application of fungicides better?

When is a good time to spray to manage leaf disease on cereal crops? Some producers include fungicide application at herbicide timing — the three- to five-leaf stage — believing it will reduce leaf spot disease levels later in the growing season. “This practice is not supported by previous research trials,” said provincial agronomy research […] Read more

Pearce: Multiple modes of action an emerging reality for fungicides

As growers face more challenges from weeds, diseases and insects, many researchers, agronomists, advisers and farmers have shifted thinking from “control” of pests to “managing” them. Some of this trend is attributable to single-mode-of-action products and a reliance on one or two chemistries or technologies — but the adaptability of weed, disease and insect species […] Read more


It’s not fancy, but Spornado will give producers another tool for managing fusarium head blight.

It’s a Spornado! But that’s good news for cereal growers

New tool for detecting disease-causing spores being rolled out across the Prairies

Hold on to your hats — the Spornado is coming. “(The Spornado) is a really good tool that’s been developed over the last couple of years,” said Trevor Blois, disease diagnostician for 20/20 Seed Labs. “It’s just a passive spore catcher that has been used by potato growers in Ontario to detect late blight spores, […] Read more

U.S. study links bumblebee declines to fungicide use

A new look at the environmental factors around declining bumblebee populations and ranges points to a less-than-usual suspect: fungicides. “Insecticides work; they kill insects. Fungicides have been largely overlooked because they are not targeted for insects, but fungicides may not be quite as benign — toward bumblebees — as we once thought,” Scott McArt, assistant […] Read more


The new edition of the Blue Book is out

This year’s edition of the Blue Book is now available. Crop Protection 2017 has been updated to include newly registered pesticides and usage instructions. This includes new herbicide registrations for pre-seed products and a number of new fungicides, including products for use on canola, cereal crops, and potatoes. Newly registered seed treatments are available for […] Read more

5 tips for fungicide application

If you've decided to spray, make sure you get the most out of your investment

If you’ve decided to invest in added fungicide protection this season, do everything you can to get your spray spot-on. And to help you get the most out of your investment, I’ve put together my top five fungicide spray tips.


The 2015 edition of the Blue Book is out

The 2015 Crop Protection book has updated information on herbicides, insecticides, 
seed treatments and foliar fungicides

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[...]
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“We lost money with most advanced agronomic practices. Most things actually resulted in a net economic loss.”


Fungicide application offers best bang for your buck — in the right conditions

Expert says fungicides paid off big for wheat in wet conditions, 
but plant growth regulators and extra nitrogen weren’t worth the cost

You know the old saying: In order to make money, you’ve got to spend money. But spend it wisely, says an Alberta Agriculture research scientist. “There’s a lot of different agronomic practices out there that you can spend money on — but which ones are going to make you money?” Sheri Strydhorst asked attendees at[...]
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Expert advice for ergot control

There’s no silver bullet for combating ergot, but mowing grasses 
near fields and good agronomics can make a big difference

Ergot is a rising threat on the Prairies, and plant researchers are trying to figure out the best way to combat the disease. “Everyone is concerned with fusarium head blight, but ergot is right up there in terms of danger,” said Jamie Larsen, a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge. Rye and[...]
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On-farm research can pay big dividends but “no data is better than bad data,” says Farming Smarter’s 
Ken Coles.

On-farm research done right can save producers big bucks

It takes time and effort, but doing research on your farm means you’re 
‘not just flying blind’ when buying costly inputs

There really wasn’t much scientific about Kevin Auch’s first foray into on-farm research almost 30 years ago. “It was basically a visual display of micros being applied by hand in a severely eroded area — there was no measured-out pounds per acre or anything like that,” said the Carmangay-area mixed grain farmer. “All it would[...]
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