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June bugs are an important food source for many other insects.

Comment: June bugs. The ‘crouton of the sky’

Widely thought a pest, these creatures deserve a second look

Many people grit their teeth in anticipation of the arrival of June bugs. You might already have had your first run-in with one. Perhaps you heard one clumsily bounce off your window? Maybe you saw one loop around the porch light? Possibly, you felt one tangle its six sticky legs into your hair? June bugs,

Editor’s Take: Crop protection under fire

It’s shaping up to be a tough year on the crop-protection front. I don’t mean pests, diseases and weeds. For any producer, those are perennial challenges that will wax and wane with weather and pest pressure. I speak instead of the regulatory and legal fronts, where as you will read in our May 27 issue,

Cutworms. (Photo courtesy Canola Council of Canada)

Prairie growers on lookout as insects seize opportunity

Dry conditions, delayed seeding lift pest counts

MarketsFarm — With most Prairie growers’ newly seeded crops already up against dry conditions, growers remain on the lookout for insects which further threaten the health of those seedlings. Considering the high prices of many crops this season, the potential damage would be more costly. John Gavloski, entomologist for Manitoba Agriculture, said there is a

Flea beetles.

The four horsemen of the crop-pocalypse

Three of the big four crop pests could be poised for a comeback in the coming season

Four pests caused the most problems last season, and given the right spring conditions, three are poised to return. That’s according to John Gavoloski, provincial entomologist, who says farmers should head into spring watching the weather and with their eyes open. “If I had to predict which three pests farmers could be at a higher

Flea beetle is one of the pests a Manitoba researcher is targeting with biotechnology.

Targeting your crop enemies

Is the future of crop protection environmentally friendly biotechnology?

So far biotechnology in agriculture has driven the use of crop protection products through genetically engineered herbicide resistance. But the next wave could displace at least some of those applications by opening up another front in the war on two familiar canola concerns — sclerotinia and flea beetle. Mark Belmonte, a professor of biological science


ADM, InnovaFeed to build world’s biggest insect protein plant in Illinois

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. grain trader and processor Archer Daniels Midland and French biotech company InnovaFeed announced plans on Thursday to build the world’s largest insect protein plant at Decatur, Illinois. The announcement comes amid rising global feed grain prices and tightening supplies, and as more companies work toward reducing the carbon footprint of

Cabbage seedpod weevil.

What’s bugging you?

These three beetles are the latest addition to the pest spectrum in Manitoba

Manitoba farmers have, in recent years, found themselves hosts to three new uninvited guests. That was the message from John Gavloski, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development entomologist, to the Ag in Motion Discovery Plus virtual farm show this summer. He said all three of these new pests are types of beetle, and all three first

Cabbage seed pod weevil.

Keep an eye out for these three ‘new’ insect pests

Entomologists are tracking the progress of cereal leaf beetles,cabbage seedpod weevils and pea leaf weevils across Manitoba

A provincial entomologist is asking farmers and agronomists to keep their eye out for three pests making inroads in Manitoba. Why it matters: Provincial entomologist John Gavloski has a watch list of pests starting to creep their way into Manitoba. The cereal leaf beetle was first spotted in Manitoba in 2009 and has spread from

It might look bad, but there’s a pretty good chance those canola 
volunteers aren’t actually doing that much harm.

What to do with those yellow soybean fields?

Now is also the time to scout for Bertha armyworms and diamondback moth

That bright yellow volunteer canola in your soybeans might look worse than it really is — so before trying to control it, consider whether it makes economic sense. That’s the advice Tammy Jones, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development’s (MARD) weed specialist gave in an interview following a Crop Talk webinar July 15. (Jones’ last day

The province has urged canola growers in parts of the province to be on watch for diamondback moth larvae and pupae.

Heads-up on diamondback moth

Eastern Manitoba and the southern Interlake have been hot spots for the province’s diamondback moth trapping program this year

Canola growers in eastern Manitoba and the southern Interlake should be keeping an extra eye out for diamondback moth this year, experts have warned. Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development has noted exponentially higher counts of diamondback moth in those areas, something provincial entomologist John Gavloski has linked to windy weather in June blowing adult moths