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Air attack approved on early potato blight

Bayer CropScience has picked up regulatory approval for aerial application of its fungicide Scala on potato crops.

Scala, a Group 9 pyrimethanil product, is the only fungicide in its group registered for control of early blight in potatoes, Bayer said. It’s had registration for ground application against early blight since 2007.

“Large-scale potato growers, particularly in Alberta and Manitoba, will benefit from the convenience and efficiency of aerial early blight control,” said David Kikkert, Bayer’s portfolio manager for horticulture.

Durum sheds $31 per tonne in PROs

Durum and milling wheat values are down substantially from July levels in the Canadian Wheat Board’s latest 2009-10 pool return outlook (PRO) due to “favourable” projections and ongoing harvests in other countries, the CWB said Aug. 27.

Values for most classes of durum are down $31 per tonne, with No. 1 CWAD, 14.5 per cent protein, dropping to $260 per tonne.

Milling wheat values are down by as much as $28 per tonne for No. 1 CWRW Select (11.5), now sitting at $215 per tonne. Most classes of CWRS are down $26-$27 per tonne, with No. 1 CWRS (13.5) down $27 at $246 and CW feed down $27 at $154.

In the CWB’s barley PROs, Pool A feed barley dropped just $4 per tonne from July levels, to $154 per tonne. In malting barley, Select CW six-row is down $19 at $206 per tonne, while Select CW two-row is down $21 at $224 per tonne.



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