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EU food safety experts warn on crop insecticide

Brussels | Reuters –– Dimethoate, an insecticide widely used to protect crops such as cherries, could be harmful to humans, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which advises EU policymakers, said Tuesday. The report follows a request from France, which is calling for a Europe-wide ban of the substance made by companies including BASF and

Manitoba crop insect and disease update

Manitoba crop insect and disease update

Conditions as of July 21, 2015

Levels of armyworms are starting to decline in some fields as they turn to pupae. Currently, scout for grasshoppers around field edges. In corn, now is the time to be scouting for European corn borer. Also consider scouting for aphids in cereals and pulse crops. Pulse Crops Soybean aphids: Soybean aphids have just started to show up in

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report: Issue 12

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report: Issue 12

Conditions as of July 20, 2015

Another week of generally good growing conditions continues to advance crops across Manitoba. Localized thunderstorms did result in significant precipitation amounts in some areas of the province, while other areas would still benefit from additional moisture. Disease pressure and insect activity continues to be monitored as the growing season progresses. Click here for the Crop Weather Report for

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

Flea beetle feeding (Photo courtesy Canola Council of Canada)

Pests likely to survive Manitoba winter

CNS Canada –– Sufficient snow cover will likely help insect crop pests survive the winter in Manitoba, despite a recent bout of extremely cold weather. “Snow is a great insulator, so even though we have had some quite cool temperatures the last several weeks, where the insects are beneath the snow it’s actually nice and

Manitoba Insect and Disease Update: July 25, 2014

Manitoba Agriculture’s weekly Insect and Disease Update is now available. Visit the MAFRD website for full text and images. Highlights: Goss’s wilt and leaf blight disease are showing up in corn. Ergot disease infection is now showing up in fall rye and grasses. Blackleg infection on lower stems/roots on canola is showing up. Downy mildew on sunflowers is

Manitoba grasshopper forecast for 2014

Grasshopper forecast based on population counts from last August

John Gavloski, Entomologist for Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, has released the Manitoba Grasshopper Forecast for 2014. The detailed forecast includes a: zone map of grasshopper densities table of grasshopper population trends table with data of Aug. – Sept. 2013 rainfall Click here to view or download the complete 2014 Manitoba Grasshopper Forecast.