Insecticides
Two of the most commonly used insecticides around the world are imidacloprid (neonicotinoid) and chlorpyrifos (organophosphate). In a new paper, published in the journal Scientific Reports, they have been found to be toxic to seed-eating songbirds, even affecting their migration. University of Saskatchewan biology professor Christy Morrissey stated in a press…
A group of international scientists is meeting in the national capital to try to convince parliamentarians there is no longer any doubt that common agricultural pesticides are proving toxic to ordinary honey bees. Jean-Marc Bonmatin of the French National Centre for Scientific Research, represents a task force on pesticides within the…
Bumblebees are less able to start colonies when exposed to a common neonicotinoid pesticide, according to a new University of Guelph study.
With positive 2016 field results, the Environmental Protection Agency has approved registration for a new product for turf, as well as other possible applications. The abamectin-based nematicide product, code-named “VCP-11” is approved for use on turfgrass including greens, tees and fairways. VCP-11 uses Vive’s proprietary delivery system (Allosperse) to help…
As part of the regular review process, Health Canada has completed its re-evaluation of imidacloprid, and has published its draft risk assessment for public comment. The assessment proposes current use of imidacloprid is not sustainable, and the levels of this pesticide that are being found in waterways and aquatic environments…
What doesn’t kill a bug sometimes makes it stronger…or bigger, or longer lived, or able to lay lots and lots of eggs. This biological phenomenon is called “hormesis.” It is an area of growing interest for entomologists, including those who study the effects of insecticides on insects. And it has…
Sept. 9, 2016 - Central and northern Alberta farmers will once again have the opportunity to turn in their obsolete or unwanted agricultural pesticides and livestock/equine medications. “Farmers can drop off their obsolete materials at a designated collection site at no charge,” says Kim Timmer, CleanFARMS. “The products will then…
Environmental groups have launched a court challenge to federal permits for two common pesticides that some say are behind large die-offs in bee populations. | READ MORE
June 16, 2016 - Cabbage seedpod weevils are attracted to the buds on early canola plants. While they will feed on these buds and destroy some of them, spraying is rarely recommended before 10 per cent bloom.
A look at the new seed treatments, foliar fungicides, insecticides and label updates for 2016, with product information provided by the manufacturers. Seed treatmentsApron Maxx with Intego: [fludioxonil (Group 4) metalaxyl-m (Group 12) and ethaboxam (Group 22)]. A new seed treatment co-pack solution for peas, lentils and chickpeas that offers…
Jan. 20, 2016 - ADAMA Canada is adding three new products to their line­up - one insecticide, and two herbicides. Sombrero 600 FS is a systemic insecticide that provides early season control of wireworms in cereals, corn and soybeans as well as flea beetles in canola. As the plant grows,…
Striped flea beetles Phyllotreta striolata. Photo by D. Pageau, AAFC Normandin, Que. Flea beetles have been causing economic damage to cruciferous crops for decades and continue to be a problem pest for canola growers and crucifer vegetable crops across Canada. In a December 2003 Top Crop Manager article, researchers noted:…
November 17, 2014 - When harvest winds down, it means thousands of Ontario farmers and pesticide vendors can be in the classroom to certify in pesticide safety. Farmers and vendors can register for one of the 350 courses offered across the province, each led by experienced instructors, some who have…
Nov. 4, 2014 - Fortenza seed treatment is now registered for early-season cutworm control. According to a news release from Syngenta, Fortenza can be used in conjunction with foliar products as part of canola growers' cutworm management strategy. Fortenza contains the the active ingredient cyantraniliprole, which belongs to the bisamide…
 Aug. 5, 2014 - Canola is the main crop for honey production in Western Canada. Wherever you find canola, you’ll find honeybees. “Bees tend to do very well on canola. The crop has profuse blooms and nutritious pollen high in protein as well as fat, and with all the amino…
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