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Toromont to buy Cat dealer Hewitt

Reuters — Toromont Industries said Monday it would buy privately held Hewitt Group for about $1.02 billion in cash and shares to expand its network of heavy equipment dealers in Eastern Canada. Through the deal, Concord, Ont.-based Toromont will acquire Hewitt’s 45 Caterpillar dealerships in Quebec, the Maritimes, Labrador and Ontario, increasing the number of


Aphids on wheat.

Aphids turning up in cereals, peas

Aphids have been a concern in some cereal and pea fields, according to Manitoba Agriculture’s latest insect and disease update on Wednesday. Aphids have also been reported in corn, and isolated incidence of turnip aphids have been found in canola, the province said. Thistle caterpillar and their webbing continue to be quite noticeable in some

Both urban and rural areas have been fighting against an invasion of caterpillars 
in recent weeks.

Prairie residents tired of tent caterpillars

St. Lazare, Man., has been taken over by forest tent caterpillars, to the dismay of locals. They’re not alone

Residents in St. Lazare are back shovelling their steps, but it’s caterpillars, not snow, they’re clearing away in buckets. Droves of forest tent caterpillars have moved through southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan this spring, stripping foliage off deciduous trees and shrubs and leaving behind masses of squashed larvae and fecal matter. Both the Municipality of Ellice-Archie

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Caterpillar says compliant with tax laws after IRS claim

Reuters — Caterpillar Inc. said Friday it was compliant with tax laws, a week after federal law enforcement officials raided three of the company’s buildings in connection with a probe into the heavy machinery manufacturer’s offshore tax practices. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has challenged the company’s taxes for the years 2007-2012, the company said


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U.S. authorities raid Caterpillar’s Illinois facilities

Chicago | Reuters –– U.S. federal law enforcement officials searched three facilities of heavy machinery manufacturer Caterpillar on Thursday, prompting a sharp sell-off in the company’s stock. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney Office for the Central District of Illinois, Sharon Paul, confirmed that federal law enforcement officials conducted searches at locations in Peoria, East

While forest tent caterpillars are high in number this year, they are not a direct a threat to most crops.

Cutworms growing larger, stripe rust detected

Manitoba Insect & Disease summary for June 8

Insects Cutworms are getting larger and have been an issue in some fields. The highest level of damage appears to be in the Northwest, where there has been some reseeding because of cutworm feeding. Flea beetle feeding continues, although foliar use of insecticides for flea beetle management has not been widespread. In many fields plants are now getting to stages more tolerant to feeding by flea beetles. Plant Pathogens Stripe rust has been detected

Mealworms are seen for sale at Gambela Market in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, July 14, 2015.   photo:

Insect farming gains ground in fight against hunger

A kg of crickets sells for twice the price of beef in the Kinshasa market

There is no shortage of protein in Kinshasa’s Gambela Market, from cows to antelope and snakes. But it is the blue and silver bowls brimming with twitching crickets, termites and slithering mealworms that do the briskest trade. Experts hope that the love of edible insects in Democratic Republic of Congo may hold the key to


Traps to monitor adult moths of bertha armyworm are currently only at levels suggesting low risk of damage.

Manitoba crop insect and disease update

Conditions as of July 14, 2015

Some localized higher populations of armyworms and grasshoppers are present. So scouting is encouraged, although in many cases populations are noticeable but not economical. Armyworms continue to be found in many cereal fields. In many fields they are noticeable but not economical, however some fields have had levels greater than the 4 or more larvae/ft2