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Adjuvants help keep pesticide ingredients suspended in spray water and improve adherence to what you are targeting.

What to do – and what not to do – when using adjuvants

How to get the most out of your crop protection products

Most pesticide labels include a section indicating what type of adjuvants will help you get the most out of your crop protection applications. These labels feature language such as “required,” “recommended” or “can be used” to help you understand which adjuvants are essential to your mix and which ones are optional. But it’s not as […] Read more

It’s not very common a pH adjustor would need to be added to a product where there was not a recommendation on the label to do so, says Rory Cranston.

What to do and what not to do when using adjuvants

How to get the most out of your crop protection products

Most pesticide labels include a section indicating what type of adjuvants will help you get the most out of your crop protection applications. These labels feature language such as “required,” “recommended” or “can be used” to help you understand which adjuvants are essential to your mix and which ones are optional. But it’s not as […] Read more


Lachie McKinnon is Nufarm’s Canadian manager.

Nufarm working its way up the middle

Don’t be too hard on the Aussies — 
they have to deal with Canadian winter

Be ready for the Aussie invasion. Some of them are here now, and more are likely to follow. It is probably a slight exaggeration to say having lunch with the fairly new-to-Canada country manager of Nufarm is really an Aussie invasion, but Lachie McKinnon is the second Australian I have met in the past 20 […] Read more

Grain buyers want you thinking about residues before you harvest

It hasn’t happened yet, but exceeding pesticide residue limits on exported grain could cause a ‘big problem’

Grain growers are again being urged to heed the labels on their pre-harvest pesticides and avoid going over maximum residue limits. “We’re selling our crops mostly into export, and our exports markets are very sensitive to residual levels of different crop protection products that we use,” said Alberta Wheat Commission chair Kevin Auch, who farms […] Read more


Fertilizing for optimum economic yield requires less fertilizer than fertilizing for maximum yield.

Maximum versus optimum economic yield

Agronomy Management: Often, aiming for maximum yield doesn’t give you the maximum bottom line profit

Is your farm most profitable when you achieve maximum yield or optimum economic yield? There can be substantial differences in the amount of inputs needed for maximum crop yield compared to the economic optimum yield. Applying a higher level of inputs may give you maximum yield but often won’t provide the greatest profit per acre. […] Read more

Syngenta’s Willy Ruegg in a greenhouse full of canola plants.

Research, development and discussion

Researchers develop crop 
protection products, regulators 
limit use and consumers worry

Syngenta is a household name for farmers so I was quite excited at the opportunity to visit its Crop Protection plant in Stein, AG, Switzerland, this January with the Swiss Farm Writers Association. The Stein plant is the third largest globally and concentrates on research and development of fungicide and insecticide products. Less than three […] Read more


Farmers like grower rebate programs

Everyone likes a little free cash from those input rebates. But is it really free?

Grower programs offer cash rebates or other rewards against purchases of crop inputs such as seed and chemicals. How much producers receive back usually depends on how much product and, in some cases, the combination of products they buy from a specific company. Some could argue that in essence, the farmer has already paid for […] Read more

New year, new seed treatment rules

Rules won’t affect on-farm treatment, unless the products you use are “restricted”

When new rules for commercial and mobile seed treatment operations come into effect on January 1, 2017, farmers won’t notice much change. The standards won’t apply to farmers treating their own seed on-farm, and CropLife Canada, the association that represents the plant science industry, believes having consistent standards will be good for the industry. The […] Read more


Rocket man seeks rouging work

In the world of ag business, the dollar figures keep getting bigger and bigger

For anyone a bit reluctant to deal with large (about to get larger) multinational corporations for crop protection products, I am today launching Lee’s Hand Rouging Services — backed by years of experience, I will keep your fields weed free, without chemicals and you just have to deal with me. Of course at the rate […] Read more