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MTS’ “Ultimate” cellular plan

Our History: June 1994

Not everything is subject to inflation — this ad for MTS cellular in our June 9, 1994 issue featured the “Ultimate” plan — $149.95 per month. That’s $229 in today’s dollars. Just above that ad was another inviting farmers to an AgrEvo field day near Brandon, where they could see a new crop that year

Bayer to sell Liberty brands to get Monsanto deal passed

Frankfurt | Reuters –– Bayer has agreed to sell its Liberty herbicide and LibertyLink-branded seeds businesses to win antitrust approval for its acquisition of Monsanto, it said on Monday. The divestment of the two global brands, a requirement imposed by South Africa’s Competition Commission on Sunday, will account for the bulk of asset sales worth


Bayer, Monsanto start asset sale toward merger clearance

Frankfurt | Reuters — German drug and crop chemical maker Bayer and U.S. seeds company Monsanto are launching asset sales worth roughly US$2.5 billion as they seek regulatory clearance for their US$66 billion merger, people close to the matter said. To kick off an auction process, Bayer’s advisors will send out information packages next week

Canola most sensitive to potential trade disruption

A long list of pesticide residues and other issues have the potential to derail canola exports

Few Canadian crops rely on exports as much as canola so making sure they don’t contain pesticides customers prohibit is critical to protecting markets, the Canola Council of Canada (CCC) says. “Canada exports 90 per cent of the canola we produce, and shipments containing even the smallest amount of unacceptable residues or deregistered varieties can

Monsanto aims to give farmers better information in weed resistance fight

The company is countering its competitors who tout their herbicides 
as tools in the fight to avoid herbicide-tolerant weeds

Monsanto Canada is fighting what it says is “fear-based rhetoric floating around about farming practices and (weed) resistance in Canada.” In a recent full-page advertisement in several farm newspapers, including the Manitoba Co-operator, Michiel De Jongh, Monsanto Canada’s president and general manager, said Monsanto should’ve addressed herbicide-resistant weeds sooner. “When you began to battle herbicide


Stacked LL/RR canola off the menu for 2016

The first canola hybrid to stack Genuity Roundup Ready and LibertyLink traits in one seed won’t be on the market for this growing season. Just weeks after its Jan. 22 announcement of a limited launch for InVigor Choice LR250 for the 2016 season, Bayer CropScience Canada now says concerns over seed quality and export market access have

Across the Prairies, kochia is resistant to 
Group 2 and Group 9 (glyphosate) herbicides, and in North Dakota and Montana it’s also resistant to 
Groups 4 and 5.

Heading off Group 2-resistant weeds

It’s complicated, but picking the right rotation of crops and chemicals is key to avoiding multiple resistance

Many common crop rotations in Manitoba are selecting for Group 2 herbicide resistance, as well as pushing resistance to other herbicide groups, says a U.S. weed specialist. Jeff Stachler of Ohio State University’s Auglaize County Extension Office told the recent Manitoba Agronomists Conference that a good rotation, not just of crops, but also of herbicides



Dow Introduces Triple-Resistant Soybean

Dow AgroSciences is launching a genetically altered soybean seed aimed as a direct assault on the dominance of global seed leader Monsanto. Dow submitted a regulatory package on Aug. 19 seeking government approval for a glyphosate-tolerant soybean that the company says would be the “first-ever, three-gene,” herbicide-tolerant soybean. The new soybean will be tolerant of

Bayer And DuPont Sign Cross-Licence Deal

Seed giant Pioneer Hi-Bred will begin using LibertyLink herbicide-tolerance traits in its canola hybrids, in a deal which will see Bayer CropScience try its hand at juncea oilseeds. Germany’s Bayer and DuPontowned, U.S.-based Pioneer have announced a global licensing agreement in which Bayer will license its LibertyLink technology to Pioneer, while Bayer will get access