In Brief… – for Jul. 8, 2010

Another barn burns:

A fire struck a hog barn June 29 in the R. M. of Hanover, killing 150 hogs and causing an estimated $325,000 in damages, Steinbach RCMP say. The barn contained approximately 1,600 hogs, most of which were rescued. A subsequent investigation by the RCMP and Office of the Fire Commissioner determined that the fire was not suspicious in nature. – Staff Just in time: BASF Canada has received registration from the Pest Management Regulatory Agency for Headline fungicide on sunflowers to protect the crop against sunflower rust. “Two cases of sunflower rust have recently been confirmed in Manitoba,” said Wayne Barton, market manager for fungicides for BASF Canada. “Fortunately, because of the delayed growing season this year, growers still have time to protect their crop from this tough-to-manage infection.” The 2008 Manitoba disease survey found sunflower rust in 74 per cent of fields.

– Staff Late blight alert: Two cases of late blight in potatoes have been confirmed in the central and western regions of Manitoba.

Heavy rains and high moisture have bumped Disease Severity Values to more than 18 in many areas. Growers in high-risk areas must follow a five-day spray schedule, including systemic-curative fungicides, tank mixed with protectant contact fungicides, MAFRI said in a bulletin. “Hot spots” in a field that is otherwise healthy should be destroyed. Constant monitoring of potato crops and home gardens is essential to prevent spread.

– Staff

You don’t want to know:

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) has released a new interactive guide that provides consumers with a comprehensive look at the price of owning a vehicle. The 2010 Driving Costs brochure explains the true costs of vehicle ownership, including fuel, maintenance, and depreciation. It also gives national averages and approximate figures that will allow consumers to calculate their own total annual driving costs. To access CAA’s 2010 Driving Costs brochure, please go to: – CAA release

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