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Heat LQ, OK for pre-harvest application on wheat, durum and barley

Maximum Residue Limits have been set for Heat LQ applied on wheat, durum and barley

BASF’s Heat LQ herbicide can now be used pre-harvest in Canada on wheat, durum and barley without potentially hurting export markets, BASF Canada said in a news release Aug. 17. Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for Heat LQ as a harvest aid in cereals has been set by the CODEX Alimentarius Commission (CAC), a United Nation’s […] Read more

VIDEO: Spray tank cleaning after using dicamba

Jeanette Gaultier with Manitoba Agriculture offers tips on to help prevent dicamba damage in non-Xtend soybeans

With the use of dicamba herbicide in the new Xtend soybean system, a quick rinse of your sprayer tank won’t be enough to rid it of potentially harmful residues to other crops. Jeanette Gaultier, weed specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, spoke with Allan Dawson at the recent Crop Diagnostic School about the importance of a thorough […] Read more

Analysis: AgriStability review welcomed, but can it be fixed without more money?

KAP says in 2013 the program switched from farm income stability to disaster relief

After cuts to AgriStability five years ago, then Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) president Doug Chorney predicted “AgriStability will be losing support… from farmers because it really has got to be questionable if you’ll ever see a payment.” He was right. Participation is down. In 2013, there were 7,015 Manitoba farmers enrolled in the federal-provincial ‘business […] Read more

VIDEO: Fighting herbicide resistance in weeds

Provide a healthy, competitive crop stand to help battle back weed pressures

“If you don’t put a crop plant there on that spot in the field, a weed’s gonna grow,” says Rob Gulden, professor of weed science at the University of Manitoba. Gulden was referring to one strategy producers can use to help fight herbicide-resistant weeds, and that is by increasing their seeding rates. In this interview with […] Read more

VIDEO: Diagnosing phytophthora root rot in soybeans

Holly Derksen with Manitoba Agriculture talks about the disease and why you can't just rotate your way out of it

Phytophthora root rot has been a growing concern for Manitoba soybean growers, appearing in fields each year to some extent each year for producers. Last July at the Crop Diagnostic School in Carman, Holly Derksen, field crop pathologist with Manitoba Agriculture, talks about what to look for when identifying the disease, when you should scout for it and […] Read more

KAP wants U.S. farmers held accountable for misrepresented grain

Delegates want to know if the same penalties apply to U.S. farmers who break the rules

The Americans are pushing for their wheat to be graded the same as Canadian wheat when delivered to a Canadian elevator. That prompted a resolution to the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) to investigate the consequences and possible penalties for American farmers who misrepresent grain they deliver to a Canadian elevator. “The reason we brought this […] Read more

KAP hopes improved checkoff ready for its next fiscal year

Under proposed changes, partial checkoff fees would stay with KAP rather than being refunded

Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) hopes Bill 35, legislation to amend its funding checkoff, will be law by the start of KAP’s new fiscal year Dec. 1, 2017. “I’m very hopeful that these changes, while not a wholesale overhaul of the (Agricultural Producers’ Organization Funding Act) and the way our system functions, will make things a […] Read more

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Farmland school tax reforms may be coming

KAP officials sense the Manitoba government might make changes during its current mandate

There was good and bad news on farmland taxes at the Keystone Agricultural Producers’ (KAP) advisory council meeting here July 13. The bad news is KAP hasn’t convinced a single municipality or the Manitoba government to implement changes to reduce the tax burden on farmland. The good news is there are signs reforms to education […] Read more

VIDEO: Scouting flax crops for pasmo

Do you know how to identify this flax disease and when to look for it?

At the recent Crop Diagnostic School, Manitoba Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson spoke with Rachel Evans, extension agronomist with the Flax Council of Canada, about what flax producers can do to avoid pasmo appearing in their flax crops. Video editing by Greg Berg.

‘Keep it Clean’ to protect grain markets

The major western Canadian grain companies have identified five pesticides they don’t want used on the crops they buy

With harvest approaching, western Canadian farmers are being reminded to avoid trade disruptions by “Keeping it (crops) Clean” from pesticide residues. Even though a pesticide is registered for use in Canada it might not have been approved in an importing country, which means there’s no acceptable level of residue. With that in mind members of […] Read more