Category: Pests

European court upholds partial ban on neonics

By: Kelvin Heppner

May 17, 2018

The European General Court issued a verdict on Thursday upholding the European Commission’s decision in 2013 to restrict the use of neonicotinoid...Read more »

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Group 14 resistant waterhemp confirmed in Ontario

By: RealAgriculture News Team

May 9, 2018

Waterhemp regrowth after an application of lactofen. (Photo: Lauren Benoit)

It’s not necessarily the happiest of discoveries, but it’s a first-of-its-kind discovery, nonetheless. Work out of the University of Guelph has...Read more »

New Pest Biosecurity Program announced for Saskatchewan

By: RealAgriculture News Team

May 3, 2018

Stock image. Photo by Pat Gaines (Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0).

The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan, along with the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), announced a new Pest Biosecurity...Read more »

New insecticide promises to take bite out of soybean aphids

By: RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

April 19, 2018

Soybean growers will soon have a new tool in the fight against yield-robbing soybean aphids. BASF expects to launch Sefina, a new insecticide it says...Read more »

Soybean School: Understanding iron deficiency chlorosis risk heading into planting

By: RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

April 13, 2018

As planting decisions are finalized, the risk of iron deficiency chlorosis (IDC) is one of the factors soybean growers in Western Canada and the...Read more »

Canola School: Research looking at liming to suppress clubroot

By: RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

April 6, 2018

Photo: Debra Murphy, 2014

Although it’s been proven that high pH soil will not stop the spread of clubroot disease, liming has been used as a tool to curb the disease in...Read more »

Canola School: The mysterious canola flower (not swede) midge

By: RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

March 30, 2018

Photo: Shelley Barkley.

Seven years after swede midge was identified in Ontario, three adult midge were found in Saskatchewan, in 2007. It was then believed the insects were...Read more »

Soybean School: Preparing to battle SCN when (not if) it is found in Western Canada

By: RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

March 20, 2018

A low-temperature scanning electron micrograph of soybean cyst nematode and its egg — magnified 1,000 times. (source: USDA Agricultural Resource Service)

Soybean growers in Western Canada have not yet had to face a soil-borne pest that has hurt yields in other soybean growing regions, but it’s only a...Read more »

Blackleg risks, management, and a yield loss calculator

By: RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

January 30, 2018

There’s this thing about nature — it adapts. Many canola growers are getting a real taste of this in recent years by a slow but steady resurgence...Read more »

Soybean School: Investment needed to fend off nematodes

By: Bernard Tobin

January 8, 2018

As SCN resistance grows, varieties using the PI 88788 resistance source become less effective .

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is the leading cause of yield loss for the oilseed crop across North America. And unless a new source of resistance is...Read more »

Canola School: Identifying the new mystery midge

By: RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

December 21, 2017

“Bottle”-shaped, galled flowers, which do not produce pods or seeds, are a known confirmed symptom of damage caused by this newly-found midge species (courtesy Dr. Boyd Mori, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Researchers with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada are in the process of identifying and describing a tiny midge species that was first confirmed in...Read more »

Concerns about canola-on-canola acres rising

By: Shaun Haney

December 12, 2017

As farmers finalize and consider their crop decisions for 2018 with a lot more detail, there are some developing conversations that are creating a...Read more »

Canola School: Should I be booking a clubroot-resistant variety?

By: RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

December 11, 2017

As clubroot disease spreads in Western Canadian soil, growers who have yet to see symptoms in their fields have a decision to make: when should they...Read more »

Toxins in the feed — Identifying and managing mycotoxins

By: Debra Murphy

November 23, 2017

Beyond cereal crops, ergot can also be found in forage grasses like orchard grass, brome grass, bluegrass and others.

We often focus our efforts on what to add to a total mixed ration in order to offer our animals the highest plane of nutrition necessary for their...Read more »

Soybean School: Reducing residue could fend off sudden death

By: Bernard Tobin

October 10, 2017

When it comes to integrated disease management, experts have always considered corn a non-host for diseases like sudden death syndrome (SDS) in...Read more »