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Researchers from the University of Manitoba presented ‘4R’ research at a self-guided field tour near Carman in late July.

4Rs reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Agriculture is the major emitter of nitrous oxide, researchers say

The 4Rs of nutrient stewardship can decrease emissions of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O) anywhere from 20 to 40 per cent, according to research out of the University of Manitoba. “The vast majority of the nitrous oxide that is emitted is from agriculture,” said Mario Tenuta, professor of soil ecology at the University of

Quebec researchers say a new treatment can remove atrazine from 
surface water.

Cleaning up chemicals

Atrazine is the most common weed killer found in Quebec surface water, which prompted the research

A group of Quebec researchers, at that province’s Institut National De La Recherche Scientifique, say they’ve identified an effective way to remove the pesticide atrazine from surface water. Atrazine, widely used as a weed killer, is known to have harmful effects on aquatic wildlife and presents a risk to human health by altering the action


Neonic insecticides widespread in Iowa waters

Government researchers say the broad use of neonicotinoids 
should be closely examined

A class of insecticides popular with corn and soybean farmers in the U.S. Midwest but feared as a factor in the decline of U.S. honeybee colonies and other crop pollinators, has been found to be widespread through rivers and streams in Iowa, according to a government study released July 24. The study, released by the

Menzies says he won’t lobby former government colleagues

New CropLife head says he will focus on dealing with other countries, farm groups and the food industry

Former cabinet minister Ted Menzies brushes off accusations that he intends to use his political connections as president and CEO of CropLife Canada to influence former colleagues. Menzies recently resigned as MP for the southern Alberta riding of McLeod to succeed Lorne Hepworth, a former Saskatchewan agriculture minister, who retires next year. CropLife represents Canada’s

PotashCorp Profit Soars On Strong Demand

PotashCorp, the world s top fertilizer maker, said Oct. 27 its quarterly profit more than doubled, as strong grain prices boosted demand for its crop nutrient products. Despite wides pread economic concerns during the quarter, the push to capitalize on strong crop prices continued to support demand for fertilizer around the globe, the company said.


Higher Corn Prices Lead To Fertilizer Price Spike

U. S. fertilizer prices have doubled over the past year, with a quarter of the gains coming in the last three months, signalling that farmers will expand corn planting next spring to capitalize on high prices. Trade sources said increased fertilizer orders by farmers, coupled with corn prices hovering around two-year highs near $6 per

Could Lagoons Be Used To Make Input Stew?

In regards to the issue of agricultural chemicals and fertilizers from farmers’ fields polluting our rivers, lakes and estuaries: a partial solution to the problem would involve landscaping a series of lagoons

Monsanto Cuts 2010 Outlook

Monsanto Co., the world’s largest seed company and a leading agricultural chemicals company said it would “drastically narrow” its Roundup portfolio and lower prices to be more in line with generics. In addition to lowering prices for the 2011 season, the company will accelerate payment on certain distributor and retailer incentives to close out the


Study Finds Chemicals Threaten Honeybee Health

“It’s one more arrow in the quiver.” – HEATHER CLAY, CHC Anew U. S. study has detected a number of pesticides in North American honeybee colonies at far higher levels than previously known. Scientists have found “unprecedented levels of miticides and agricultural pesticides in honeybee colonies from across the U. S. and one Canadian province,”

Cheaper Fertilizer Spells Relief For U. S. Farmers

U. S. farmers who have faced lower selling prices for corn and soybeans this year should see some relief when they plant crops this spring as fertilizer prices have fallen as much as 60 per cent from the record highs of October 2008. Nitrogen, phosphate and potash – the three essential crop nutrients – have