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1. Headline fungicide is now available for flax. The target disease is pasmo (Septoria linicola). Pasmo is more common in Manitoba. Most of the yield loss from pasmo occurs because infected plants ripen too quickly, seeds do not fill normally, or heavy boll-drop by wind and rain occurs, BASF says. For optimal disease control, BASF says Headline should be applied preventatively to flax at 0.3 litres per hectare (120 ml per acre) at eight to 10 days after first flower, with a minimum of 100 litres per ha (roughly 10 gallons per acre) of water for ground application or 50 litres per ha for aerial application.

2. Trimble has a new LB25 remote lightbar for the EZ-Guide 500 or EZ-Guide 250 display. (See the photo.) It provides the opportunity to have a second lightbar, independent of the main display, positioned for optimum viewing. You can mount the external lightbar on the windshield for a line-of-sight view if the EZ-guide display is mounted to the side of the cab. Or you can mount LB25 on the rear window so you can steer straight while looking back at the implement.

3. Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) will fund five undergraduate scholarships — worth $5,000 each — for first-year University of Saskatchewan students enrolled in a program associated with the pulse industry or agriculture. Scholarships are available to applicants who are or whose parents are registered Saskatchewan pulse producers. For application forms and criteria, contact Raelene Regier at 306-668-1053 or by email at [email protected]or visit www.saskpulse.com.Application deadline is July 31.

4. The federal government has more money for farm innovators. The Growing Canadian Agri-Innovations Program will invest $158 million to help take industry-led ideas for new products and production methods from the drawing board to the marketplace. For more about the program, visit www.agr.gc.ca/GrowingForward.

5. The federal government provides more farm credit. The Canadian Agricultural Loans Act (CALA), formerly known as the Farm Improvement and Marketing Cooperatives Loans Act, is expanded to allow beginning farmers and more agricultural co-operatives to take advantage of loans. With these changes: Farmers now have access to greater amounts of credit. Farmers are eligible now for expanded loan guarantee limits of up to $500,000 which doubles the previous limit of $250,000. New farmers are now eligible for loans that they were previously ineligible to receive. Agricultural co-operatives with a majority farmer membership are eligible for loans of up to $3 million for the processing, marketing or distribution of farm products. Loans were previously limited to co-operatives owned 100 per cent by farm members. Loans of up to $500,000 are available to help intergenerational farmers taking over their family farm. These loans were not available under the previous legislation. For more information on CALA call toll free 1-888-346-2511 or visit the website at www.agr.gc.ca/cala.

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