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Water is key to spraying operations, and that’s been in short supply this spring.

Where’s the water?

Water restrictions threw another wrench into spray season for producers in early June

In a spray season that has already seen frost warnings, heat waves and high winds, producers in early June were dealing with yet another problem — lack of water. Water restrictions were making headlines in early June, with some treatment plants reporting worryingly low levels of potable water. Why it matters: High-quality water is in

Manitoba farmers are finding the spray window an elusive target this season.

It’s a hard crop protection season on multiple fronts

How to manage a dry and windy spray season that has gone from below freezing to extreme heat in a matter of days

Producers are told to spray when weeds are growing, but with both weeds and crop both reeling from a string of stresses and Mother Nature not co-operating, that spray window has been hard to pin down. Why it matters: Hardened weeds and poor spray conditions may leave producers with less effective weed control than they


Brandt closes GeoShack deal, locks up Topcon sales in Canada

Tractor company revives Ontario deal

A deal to make Brandt Tractor the exclusive dealer for Topcon geopositioning equipment clear across Canada has been resuscitated. Regina-based Brandt announced Tuesday it has closed its previously-announced deal to buy the assets of GeoShack Canada — two weeks after Dallas-based GeoShack declared that “a mutually beneficial deal… has not been attained.” GeoShack has been

Flea beetle. (Photo courtesy Canola Council of Canada)

Flea beetle damage ‘moderate’ across Prairies so far

Levels in Manitoba hit thresholds for spraying, reseeding canola

MarketsFarm — Flea beetles, cutworms and diamondback moths are only a few of the pests Prairie farmers have to deal with — and this year, so far, damage from flea beetles and cutworms has varied, as have moth counts. “Flea beetles are common throughout the Prairies, everywhere we grow canola. We haven’t been able to

A spray plane flies over a swarm of desert locusts at Lemasulani village in Kenya’s Samburu County on Jan. 17, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Njeri Mwangi)

Drones to be tested against Africa’s locust swarms

U.N.'s FAO testing drones to detect, spray pests

Nairobi | Thomson Reuters Foundation — The United Nations is to test drones equipped with mapping sensors and atomizers to spray pesticides in parts of east Africa battling an invasion of desert locusts that are ravaging crops and exacerbating a hunger crisis. Hundreds of millions of the voracious insects have swept across Ethiopia, Somalia and

VIDEO: Timing fungicide decisions in canola and cereal crops

VIDEO: Timing fungicide decisions in canola and cereal crops

Crop Diagnostic School: A relatively dry growing season in 2019 didn't rule out fusarium issues

At Crop Diagnostic School in July, David Kaminski, plant pathologist with Manitoba Agriculture, said 2019 was a challenge for producers when it came to timing fungicide applications. In this video, Kaminski discusses some of the conditions Manitoba producers faced this growing season in their canola and cereal crops and some of the factors at play

Beekeepers see shorter season

Beekeepers see shorter season

Beekeepers have seen their honey supply dry up sooner than usual this year. Ian Steppler, vice-chair of the Manitoba Beekeepers Association, said almost every honey producer he’s spoken to has had a shorter crop than usual this year — especially in the Interlake. Steppler, who farms near Miami, said he usually has honey to late

Manitoba Agriculture's Lionel Kaskiw says cold temperatures are hindering weed growth, but also rendering crop protection products less effective.

Cool weather casts questions on weed burn off

Weeds haven’t exactly flourished in the cold this spring, but the province warns that they are germinating, and the cold itself lends challenges to spraying them out

That spring burn off may not be doing what it’s supposed to if temperatures stay low. Lionel Kaskiw, farm production advisor with the province, is reminding farmers to watch their thermometers when deciding if and when to do a pre-emergent herbicide pass. Why it matters: A cold spring has stunted weed growth, but it also

Changing moisture conditions at flower had farmers hunting for answers on whether to spray for sclerotinia, or leave the fungicide alone.

Changing weather alters sclerotinia strategies

Farmers were waffling over fungicide as canola broke into flower, 
but moisture conditions added a further question mark

Whether to spray for sclerotinia is always a challenging choice, but this year was harder than usual. Dry soil gave little room for the disease to germinate early in the year through much of Manitoba, leaving producers to wonder if a spray pass was worth the expense, says Angela Brackenreed, of the Canola Council of

spraying crops

Is it spray drift?

Some in-crop conditions can mimic the same sort of damage caused by drift

Everyone likes gifts, but farmers aren’t likely to welcome extra herbicide drifting in. Manitoba’s spray season has already hit its height, and sprayers have commonly been seen trundling down the provincial highways and grid roads for weeks. But while farmers are already watching for insect damage, stand counts and weed issues, this time of year