VIDEO: The difference between ‘snake oil’ and crop products that work

Don Flaten, University of Manitoba professor and soil scientist says, "Does the product have a reliable track record of making farmers money?"

Since 2013 new fertilizers and plant products can be sold in Canada without first having to prove they work. University of Manitoba professor and soil scientist Don Flaten speaks to Manitoba Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson about distinguishing between an efficacious product and snake oil.

Stay tuned for Allan Dawson’s companion article in the upcoming April 2, 2015 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator.

Click here for a presentation slide of Don Flaten’s Principles of Good Research… On or Off the Farm.

About the author


Allan Dawson

Allan Dawson is a reporter with the Manitoba Co-operator based near Miami, Man. Covering agriculture since 1980, Dawson has spent most of his career with the Co-operator except for several years with Farmers’ Independent Weekly and before that a Morden-Winkler area radio station.



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