1. As a follow up to our article last issue on GreenSeeker (April 20 Grainews, page 34), the fertilizer top-dressing tool has new software for durum, malting barley and oats. Updates for these crops came from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. GreenSeeker uses optical sensors that emit and analyze reflected light to determine crop vigour. It compares the colour of the crop right below the boom to the colour of crop that is not short of nutrients. GreenSeeker can then judge what sections of the crop need a top-dress of fertilizer and apply it on the go. For more information contact Pattison Liquid Systems at Lemberg Sask., at 306-335-2215 or visit the NTech website at www.ntechindustries.comand click on the GreenSeeker link.
2. Students entering the second year of an undergraduate degree or college diploma program in agriculture or agriculture-related studies can apply for Syngenta’s 2009 Horizon NG Scholarship Program. Seven students from the Prairie provinces will get scholarships of $2,500 in recognition of their exceptional academic performance and community involvement. The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) administers the Horizon scholarship. Complete rules and application materials are available at www.aucc.ca/scholarships.All applications must be in by June 1, 2009.
3. Authority 480 herbicide from Nufarm has emergency use registration for chickpeas in Alberta. The new group-14 pre-emergent herbicide controls several key weeds in chickpeas in Saskatchewan and now Alberta. When applied as a pre-emergent surface application, it provides season-long control of emerging kochia, wild buckwheat, lamb’s quarters and redroot pigweed.
4. Arysta has a new broad-spectrum grassy weed herbicide called NextStep. The postemergent herbicide for spring and durum wheat has the active ingredient clodinafop, the same as Horizon, combined with Steppe adjuvant. NextStep gives growers a choice of 28 tank-mix partners plus a wide window of application.