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New Herbicide Sought

The federal government is contributing $772,000 to help Pulse Canada develop a herbicide that will dry crops faster for easier harvesting.

New restrictions for herbicide residues mean there are fewer products available for desiccation as harvest aids for dry bean growers in Canada. The funding will allow researchers to evaluate what is currently available and to develop new environmentally and economically sustainable harvest-aid programs for dry beans. The research will take place in all major bean-growing areas of Canada.

“Not only will it ensure that farmers have crop protection products that work effectively, it will help us ensure that we will continue to supply bean customers around the world with high-quality products,” said Gordon Bacon, CEO of Pulse Canada, in a release.

Canada produces nearly 10 per cent of the world’s dry bean exports, valued at $136 million annually, making it the fourth-largest exporter of dry beans worldwide. Last year, Canada exported more than $2 billion of pulse products to more than 150 countries.

Infinity now registered with Assert

Barley growers across Western Canada now have an excellent tank mix option for grass and broad-leaf weed control with the new Infinity and Assert tank mix registration, Nufarm Agriculture Inc. says in a release.

Assert offers wild oat control in barley and wheat, plus Assert is the only Group 2 herbicide registered for use in barley. In combination with Assert, the addition of Infinity, a Group 27 herbicide, gives growers a completely new mode of action to fight weed resistance.

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