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Category: Pests

Corn School: Harvest quickly to limit losses to gibberella

By: RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

September 14, 2018

If you’re noticing a little fuzzy trouble with your corn crop this year — you’re not alone. With rainfall after rainfall at pollination...Read more »

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Saskatchewan agriculture associations collaborate to urge re-evaluation of strychnine

By: RealAgriculture News Team

September 11, 2018

The 90-day consultation period regarding access to strychnine for rodent control in Canadian fields is drawing to a close. Back in July, Health...Read more »

Health Canada proposes ban of remaining two main neonics

By: RealAgriculture News Team

August 15, 2018

Treated canola seed

Health Canada has proposed banning two of the most commonly used neonicotinoid insecticides (neonics) used in Canadian agriculture in the next three...Read more »

Xarvio launches weed identification app

By: Dale Leftwich

August 2, 2018

Xarvio weed identification app, Warren Bills

What if you could just point your phone at a weed and the phone would tell you what you were looking at? At one time it was a huge breakthrough to be...Read more »

Canola School: Clubroot cases popping up in Manitoba

By: RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

August 1, 2018

Photo: Debra Murphy, 2014

Now is the time to check canola fields for symptoms of clubroot, as a new streak of cases have been found in Manitoba over the last few weeks. The...Read more »

Prairie pest finds unlikely ally in the federal government

By: Dale Leftwich

July 27, 2018

Stock photo. By ktpayn (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

There is often a good natured debate about what they are called. Officially, they are the Richardson Ground Squirrel. In polite company they are most...Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, July 25: Glorious rain, worms, short corn, and grain sales

By: RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

July 25, 2018

By S Shepherd Schizoform, CC 2.0

Quite literally, when it rains it pours, it seems, as much of Ontario got some to too much rain over the weekend and into this week. Is it too late...Read more »

Canola School: Got pods? It’s time to scout for bertha armyworm

By: RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

July 19, 2018

Adult army cutworm collected near Brooks June 8, 2012. Shelley Barkely.

We’re nearly through the annual flight for bertha armyworm, and numbers are certainly concerning in some areas. If you’ve got canola headed in to...Read more »

Canola School: A surprising mid-season pest update

By: RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

July 17, 2018

Photo Credit: Debra Murphy, 2014.

Some pests like it dry, some like it warm, and some need it windy to get where they want to go. And sometimes insect pests can surprise you and not...Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, July 11: Peduncles, double crops, and chewing vs. sucking insects

By: RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

July 12, 2018

It’s July and that means two things: sunburns and field tour season! Our apologies for this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word being posted a day late,...Read more »

6 surprising ways weeds outsmart us

By: Lyndsey Smith

July 9, 2018

Canada fleabane in soybeans. Photo courtesy of David Bilyea.

If you’ve ever been frustrated by a weed’s seemingly amazing ability to survive and even thrive after being knocked back, cut down, or sprayed,...Read more »

Pulse School: Scouting for aphids and disease at early flower

By: Dale Leftwich

July 9, 2018

Early flowering pea

It is important to get into fields often to monitor plant development and growing conditions, but for the pea crop it’s especially important...Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, July 4: Most amazing corn crop, an aphid alert, and white mould musts

By: RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

July 4, 2018

A scratchy-voiced Peter Johnson needs you to get out there and scout, scout, scout for aphids on soybean. While you’re out in the fields, you also...Read more »

Wheat School: Hot weather narrows the FHB treatment window

By: RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

June 29, 2018

Wheat has been progressing rapidly thanks to seasonally high temperatures in many areas over the past few weeks, quickly moving into and through the...Read more »

Canola School: Here comes the next generation of sclerotinia resistance

By: Dale Leftwich

June 29, 2018

Courtesy of Michael Harding

Each July canola growers are faced with the difficult question, “Should I or shouldn’t I spray for sclerotinia?” In the more humid parts of...Read more »