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Canola growers urged to be smart: don’t use Clever (quinclorac) until importers set MRLs

Those who have sprayed canola with the herbicide need to inform buyers at delivery time

The Canola Council of Canada is warning growers that using the newly released herbicide called Clever on their canola crops this year might not be a smart idea. That’s because Japan, one of Canada’s biggest canola customers, has not yet established a maximum residue level (MRL) for the active ingredient, quinclorac, which means all grain

CropChatter: When do I worry about herbicide injury?

The 2013 growing season hasn’t exactly been setting records for heat so far, so some growers may be stuck trying to balance optimal temperatures with their chosen herbicide’s recommended application timings. Crop injury in some situations may be unavoidable, since both temperature and incorrect crop staging affect crop tolerance to herbicides. But not all injury


Government says pesticide ban backed

The details haven’t been announced, but Manitobans overwhelmingly support banning “cosmetic” pesticides, says the NDP government. “More than 2,000 people participated in our consultations and more than 70 per cent of them were in favour of increased regulation,” said Gord Mackintosh, minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship. “The federal government also recognizes the need for

Interesting and unique gasteria

Gasteria plants are succulents — a term applied to plants that have the ability to hold large amounts of water in their tissues. They belong to a number of different plant families and within each plant family are a number of genera and within each genus are many species. The genus gasteria belongs to the

Master Gardener program growing strong in Manitoba

Manitoba now has 50 graduates from its newly offered Master 
Garden program, administered by Assiniboine Community College

Participants in a new program training Manitobans to be better gardeners are hitting the ground running — literally. That’s because those who study to certify as a Master Gardener take their classroom learning out into the community both as students and later as community volunteers. Master Gardeners are trained horticulturalists who are educated and certified


Winter gardening project

You will need a container — a rectangular one works best if you are planning to locate the dish garden on a windowsill. In fact, it is a good idea to decide where you want to display the garden — choose a location that gets some direct sun — and then choose an appropriate container.

A penny a plant?

Back in the days when being a farm kid spelled work and a penny was still worth five Mojos at the local store, Grandpa had us all out there one hot, July afternoon hand roguing his seed oats for a penny a plant. If some agronomists are correct, it’s looking like farm kids of the

Practise zero tolerance to avoid resistant weeds

If Canadian farmers want to avoid the fate of their U.S. counterparts struggling with glyphosate-resistant weeds such as kochia, waterhemp, and common and giant ragweed, then they’d better practise zero tolerance, says an American weed scientist. “That means no survival rate and no weed seed production,” researcher Jeff Stachler told attendees at the Manitoba Agronomists


Jade plant — beautiful and versatile

I was strolling through a garden centre some time ago, and came upon a stunning sight — a large potted jade plant in full bloom. While most of us do not have the space for such a plant, particularly where it will receive enough light to produce such abundant bloom, seeing the plant reminded me

Letters — for 2012-11-22 00:00:00

CGC legislation debated many times I would like to correct the many inaccuracies contained in a recent Manitoba Co-operator article about our government’s Safe Food for Canadian Act (S-11) and changes to the Canadian Grain Act (CGA). Let me start by first assuring readers that when it comes to food safety, the health of Canadians