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Alberta deregulates fusarium

Crop disease comes off province's 'zero tolerance' list

Alberta is moving to keep fusarium in check by means other than the “zero tolerance” policy it has in effect on agricultural pests such as rats, rabies and clubroot. Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen announced a ministerial order Wednesday to remove Fusarium graminearum from the list of pests covered by the Pest and Nuisance Control Regulation, […] Read more

BASF set to pick up Bayer’s Poncho, ILeVO treatments

Bayer’s seed treatments Poncho and ILeVO could soon have a new owner, as part of another deal with fellow German chemical firm BASF. BASF, which last October agreed to buy several Bayer CropScience assets including its global glufosinate-ammonium herbicide business and LibertyLink trait, announced another 1.7 billion-euro (C$2.65 billion) deal Thursday for an additional package […] Read more


One challenge for farmers when using concentrate products is that they may be unsure about treating a large volume of seed with what seems like a small amount of product.

Getting more seed treatment from less

More seed treatments are coming in concentrated, 
ready-to-use, easy-to-handle formats

Allan Anderson is a big fan of concentrated seed treatments. “I would love to see every single product as a concentrate because that allows so much flexibility with overall application,” says Anderson, senior seed growth specialist with Bayer. Anderson thinks that more concentrate products will enter the seed treatment market as formulations and active ingredients […] Read more

One of the best disposal options is to plant the treated seed on fallow or unused ground.

Getting rid of that treated seed

Treated seed can harm livestock, or contaminate an export load. Dispose with care

The issue of disposal of treated seed hit the headlines recently when a Saskatchewan farmer discovered two cows and a bull dead in his fields after consuming treated canola seed which had been dumped illegally on his land. Seed treated with fungicides or insecticides should never be allowed to enter the feed or food chain. […] Read more


Can-Seed featured the USC LPV seed treater at Bayer’s SeedGrowth Solutions Expo. The mobile seed treater comes with an auto-tilting drum to ease clean out.

On-farm seed treatment systems

Farm- and commercial-scale treatment systems on display at Saskatoon show

When should farmers consider buying their own seed treaters? It’s a question growers were likely pondering during Bayer’s SeedGrowth Solutions Expo in Saskatoon in late March. Brian Ellis, a pedigreed seed grower from Olds, Alberta, said farmers who buy certified seed each year can likely get treated seed from a seed grower. But those who […] 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


Monsanto to bring DuPont corn treatment to East

A DuPont insecticide will be rolled into use next spring in Eastern Canada as a seed treatment on Monsanto’s DeKalb corn. The two companies on Tuesday announced they will market DuPont’s Lumivia insecticide seed treatment in Eastern Canada on seed corn for the 2017 sales season, as part of Monsanto’s Acceleron Seed Applied Solutions offerings. […] Read more

Tips for treating seed on-farm

Agronomy tips... from the field

I’ve found that a lot of growers don’t want to treat seed on-farm because there’s still this perception that it’s a messy, time-consuming process. In reality, seed treating equipment has become far more sophisticated and automated, while the seed treatments themselves often feature all-in-one pre-mix formulations that are far more convenient to use. Equipment aside, […] Read more


Keys to flea beetle control in canola crops

Agronomy tips... from the field

The important thing to understand about flea beetles is that they overwinter as adults — and it’s those adults that do all the feeding on your seedlings come the spring. Your canola crop is most vulnerable to flea beetle feeding from the cotyledon stage at emergence up until it reaches the three- or four-leaf stage. […] Read more

Good crop rotation allows canola residue that may be harbouring blackleg pathogen to decompose in the field.

Does it pay to spray fungicide for blackleg?

When you’re looking to guard your canola against blackleg, does it pay to spray a fungicide? The short answer is yes — especially if you’re running a tight canola-wheat rotation. Short rotations put you at the highest risk of developing a blackleg infection, since the fungus can overwinter on diseased canola stubble year over year […] Read more