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CWB To Move Grain Off Flood Plain

The Canadian Wheat Board is moving to get farmers’ board grains out of the Red River Valley ahead of spring thaw.

The board announced March 9 it will direct more rail cars into the valley to clear space in elevators for affected farmers in the Morris and Letellier areas to deliver accepted Series A and B grain.

The board said its advance call is meant to help over 400 area farmers “who may be in danger of losing their accepted, on-farm grain” as forecasters predict those areas will see substantial water this spring.

The province’s Feb. 19 spring flood outlook points to a high potential of spring flooding in the valley, similar to levels seen in 2006 or 1996, given average weather conditions. The CWB’s own forecasters also anticipate flooding in the valley.

Affected farmers were to be notified of the CWB’s advance call by letter sometime this week.

Fruit, Veg Growers Get New Herbicide

Growers of strawberries, highbush blueberries and assorted tree fruits as well as potatoes, onions and asparagus will get a new active ingredient for weed control.

Valent Canada has picked up registration for Chateau, a Group 14 flumioxazin herbicide it says will give growers residual control of several broadleaf weeds and enhanced post-emergence weed control when tank mixed with glyphosate.

Valent worked on the registration with Engage Agro, a Guelph firm specializing in registering and marketing crop pesticides for niche markets.

Chateau is registered to control annual nightshade species, pigweeds (redroot and green), common ragweed, common lamb’s quarters and dandelion, and to suppress green foxtail. As a Group 14 (which also includes products such as Nufarm’s CleanStart), Chateau also “offers new management options” for Group 2-or Group 5-resistant weeds.

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