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(Peggy Greb photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

EU crop chem firm takes stake in Engage Agro

A Belgian crop protection firm may bring some of its products to Canada’s vegetable, vine and corn markets as it moves to take a minority stake in Canadian crop chemical distributor Engage Agro. Belchim Crop Protection announced last week it will take a “significant” but undisclosed minority stake in Guelph-based Engage Agro for an undisclosed […] Read more


The wheat in the top sheaf was treated with Engage Agro’s Manipulator, which slows stem growth to limit lodging. (Engage Agro photo)

Minogue: Call your grain buyer before applying Manipulator

Farmers planning to try Engage Agro’s new plant growth regulator, Manipulator, this year will first want to call their grain buyers. Many Prairie farmers recently received letters from Winnipeg grain firm Parrish and Heimbecker, for example, stating P+H will not buy wheat treated with Manipulator this season. “We completely understand why a lot of the […] Read more

farmer standing in front of grain bin

Western farmers watching PGR

Several plant growth regulators are now on offer. Farmer Panel members we interviewed aren’t jumping in with both feet, but they are watching research results

Not all western Canadian farmers are lining up to be among the first testing the effectiveness of plant growth regulators (PGRs) on their farms this year. Producers contacted for the February Farmer Panel says they are interested in the potential of the treatment that can help reduce lodging in cereals and perhaps increase yields, but […] Read more


test plots of seeded wheat

Plant growth regulators

They’re not new, but plant growth regulators 
are not yet common on the Canadian Prairies

Prairie farmers might be seeing ads for plant growth regulators for the first time, but PGR’s are not new. “They’ve been using them in Europe for over 30 years,” Tom Tregunno, Engage Agro’s product manager, told farmers at the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation (IHARF) Crop Management field day in July. Plant growth regulators are […] Read more