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BASF announced Oct. 19 it has received registration for Broflanilide, its newest active ingredient, from Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency.

Difficult to get a count on wireworms

New BASF seed treatment should pack a terminal punch

New BASF seed treatment should pack a terminal punch

If there was such a thing as carefree wireworm days they definitely have become numbered as registration of a new, effective seed treatment developed by BASF has received final registration. Why it matters: The presence of wireworms when sampling, even at low levels, is a potential cause for concern, experts say. BASF announced Oct. 19 […] Read more

Jeff’s durum crop was patchy and uneven. Most of the affected areas were on the tops of knolls within the field.

Crop advisor casebook: Why is this durum crop patchy, uneven and with discoloured leaves?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the February 4, 2020 issue of Grainews

Jeff, a mixed grain and livestock producer who farms near Vulcan, Alta., called me in early June about a problem in one of his durum wheat fields. Earlier that day, Jeff had noticed the crop looked patchy and uneven while driving by the field. When he walked into the field to investigate, he could see […] Read more


Good news ahead for wireworm control

Good news ahead for wireworm control

New chemical control options are in the works, and should be released in coming years

Haley Catton, research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the Lethbridge research station, spoke to farmers about wireworm at Alberta’s FarmTech conference in Edmonton in January. The wireworms that feed on seed and seedlings underneath the ground, Catton said, are the larvae of click beetles. “It’s not a worm at all, actually.” These insects […] Read more



Cutworms. (Photo courtesy Canola Council of Canada)

Guenther: Alta. cutworms sought for mapping, posterity

If you’re an Alberta farmer and your crops have got cutworms, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development wants to know. Scott Meers, an entomologist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, is asking farmers to report cutworms online. The province uses those reports to create an interactive map displaying cutworm sightings. Meers and provincial insect research technologist […] Read more