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In Brief… – for Dec. 10, 2009

Tracking alien species:

A new website established by the Invasive Species Council of Manitoba will help document the spread of invasive species such as purple loosestrife, Dutch elm disease and leafy spurge in the province. The website, which is an expansion of a website previously devoted to aquatic invasive species, offers resources, an option for the public to report sightings as well as access to a mapping database inventory of Prairie Region Invasive Plant Species. The website can be found at: www.invasivespeciesmanitoba.com.

Road worries:

Winter driving worries Manitoba and Saskatchewan drivers the most among Canadians according to a recent poll. That’s understandable given the driving conditions of a typical Prairie winter. But there is another possible explanation why 63 per cent of drivers in these provinces compared to 52 per cent in others are nervous on the frigid, icy roads. Only 32 per cent of residents in these provinces, compared to 59 per cent nationally, invest in winter tires.

– TD Insurance Winter Poll

Summary report:

The 2009 summary of field crop insect sitings is now posted on the province’s agriculture website. It found aphids and thrips were the main insect problems in cereal crops. Cereal leaf beetle was found in Manitoba for the first time in 2009.

In canola, flea beetles and cutworms were the biggest concerns. Cutworms also damaged sunflower crops. Peas aphids struck field peas in the southwest and central regions. For more information go to:

http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/crops/insects/2009summary.html.

Correction:

Ontario veterinarian Dr. Brian Hill received a one-year conditional sentence when he pleaded guilty to fraud surrounding his embryo-export business. For nine months he will only be allowed out of his home for specific reasons, such as doctor’s visits. The original story Nov. 26 incorrectly stated he was sentenced to one year in jail.

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