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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

Manitoba fields display the colour spectrum of armyworm larvae colouration.

Armyworm on the march in Manitoba

Cereals and grasses are taking a hit from armyworms, one of several pests that tend to blow in as adults from the south

Manitoba has an armyworm problem. Eastern, central and southwestern Manitoba, as well as the Interlake have all reported spraying from farmers looking to keep the pests from chomping down on their cereal and forage grasses, according to Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development. “There’s been some control in pretty much every agricultural region except the northwest,” provincial entomologist

Locust swarms raise food security concerns

Widespread crop damage could put 25 million in famine situation

MarketsFarm – Locust swarms reaching levels not seen in decades are raising concerns over food security from Africa to as far east as India, according to reports from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The locust crisis has intensified since the beginning of 2020, but got its start in 2018 when


Currently available crop protection products can only knock back wireworms, not eliminate them.

Are wireworms’ days numbered?

Once you have wireworms, it’s hard to get rid of them, but that might be changing once BASF’s new seed treatment launches in 2021

Growers will soon be able to knock back wireworm populations rather than just holding the line. BASF says it is two years away from launching its new cereal seed treatment, Teraxxa, on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border. The seed treatment will introduce a new chemistry to the market. Teraxxa will be a Group 30

Pests like the corn leaf aphid could be in areas thought free of it, according to new research.

Crop pests often missed as they move into new areas

Finding where pests exist in the early stages of movement into an area are key to control

Insects and diseases that damage crops are probably present in many places thought to be free of them, new research shows. Pests that have not been reported in a certain area are usually assumed to be absent, but analysis by the University of Exeter shows many pests are “currently unobserved, but probably present” (a likelihood