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BASF Introduces New Distribution Model for Agricultural Solutions in Western Canada

BASF will launch an enhanced RetailConnect distribution model for its Agricultural Solutions portfolio, which will work directly with independent retailers across Western Canada. The introduction of a direct-to-retail distribution model follows the acquisition of a range of businesses and assets from Bayer nearly one year ago. “RetailConnect enables a stronger relationship with independent retailers,” said Jonathan Sweat, vice-president, Agricultural Solutions, BASF Canada. “BASF recognizes the need to provide an even more efficient, agile and…

Vine Killing: Timing is Everything

As any potato grower will attest to, a successful growing season often comes down to what transpires below the soil’s surface. A field full of healthy, robust tubers usually translates into a positive bottom line. As significant as the happenings below ground may be to growers’ fortunes, events above the surface can have an equally big impact on just how fruitful their season may be. Perhaps there is no better example of…

BASF to Discontinue All Metiram-Containing Products

In accordance with the recent Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) decision regarding products containing Metiram, BASF will be discontinuing all Metiram-containing products according to the PMRA-mandated phase-out schedule below.   The Metiram active ingredient is available commercially as Polyram® DF (PCP: 20087) (a stand-alone Metiram formulation) and Cabrio® Plus (PCP: 30395) (a co-formulation of Metiram and Pyraclostrobin).  BASF may only sell Cabrio Plus or Polyram DF prior to December 31, 2019. Distributors and retailers can continue…

Proposed Registration Decision for 1-Octanol and 1,4Zap

Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), under the authority of the Pest Control Products Act, is proposing registration for the sale and use of 1,4Zap Technical, and 1,4Zap, containing the technical grade active ingredient 1-octanol, for post-harvest application on stored potatoes to control emerged sprouts in ventilated storage facilities only. An evaluation of available scientific information found that, under the approved conditions of use, the health and environmental risks and the value…

Restriction of Neonicotinoid Uses to Take Effect in 2021

In April, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), a division of Health Canada, released its final decisions on the pollinator re-evaluations of three neonicotinoid insecticides: clothianidin (Clutch), imidacloprid (Admire), and thiamethoxam (Cruiser, Actara). Health Canada determined that the continued registration of imidacloprid, clothianidin, or thiamethoxam products are acceptable; however, certain uses have been cancelled to address possible risks to pollinators. Many of these cancelled uses affect Canadian fruit and vegetable growers. Bees…

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What’s Old is New Again: Practical CPB Insecticide Resistance Management

  As growers head into another production season, some are concerned about Colorado potato beetle populations and rising neonic insecticide resistance.  Ian MacRae, a professor and extension entomologist at the University of Minnesota, offered some practical insecticide resistance management steps at Manitoba Potato Production Days in January in Brandon. MacRae kicked off the conference presentations with a talk about Colorado potato beetle management in a post-neonic world.  The bottom line is we’re…

Going Without Mancozeb

Canadian potato farmers could be facing higher production costs with the potential loss of a key weapon against late blight. Mancozeb is a relatively inexpensive, Group M fungicide that’s used extensively in Canada to combat late blight and early blight, with some growers applying the chemical up to 10 times per season on their potato fields. The broad-spectrum fungicide is currently under review by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency due to…

What’s the Best Choice for Orondis Potato Gold Usage?

In 2017, a very wet year, potato growers who used Orondis for late blight were very pleased with the performance of this fungicide.This year, potato growers can continue using Orondis for late blight during the season, as long as it has not been applied in-furrow at planting for pink rot control. What factors should be taken into consideration to decide on the application timing of Orondis? Orondis Potato Gold has been registered as…

New Tools for the CPB Toolbox

A study being conducted by researchers at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s London Research and Development Centre could soon provide Canadian potato growers with new insight on how to fight one of the industry’s most troublesome pests — the Colorado potato beetle. The five-year study is officially known as the Development of Regional Management Strategies and Decision-Making Tools for Control of the Colorado Potato Beetle. Work on the project began this past summer…

Syngenta Launches Orondis Gold Potato Fungicide

Syngenta Canada Inc. has launched Orondis® Gold Potato fungicide for suppression of pink rot and Pythium leak in potatoes. Pink rot is a devastating soil-borne disease that thrives in wet, poorly drained soils and can survive in soil for up to seven years. Just a few infected potatoes entering the storage bin can result in substantial losses, infecting healthy tubers and compromising marketable yield. That’s why proactive management of the disease is…

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