Research and Innovation
What are rhizobia anyway?
David Townsend, BASF Brand Manager for functional crop care, explains rhizobia, why they are so important to pea and lentil plant health and formulation decisions
As the rhizobia continue to work alongside the legumes to develop healthier plants that can defend against disease, the only question left is which formulation fits your seed needs?
You’ve probably heard a lot about the value of inoculants and rhizobia. But what are rhizobia anyway? What do they do and what are inoculants doing for our crops?
New Tools for Families Caring For A Parent With Alzheimer’s
Home Instead has developed a free, downloadable smartphone app that families can use to search behaviours and help find solutions when they have to quickly react (available at the iTunes store or on helpforalzheimersfamilies.ca).
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most feared chronic diseases among Canadians. A disease often labeled an “elderly issue” is increasingly affecting people from an earlier age. In just five years, as many as 50 per cent or more Canadians and their families could be facing Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Each diagnosis not only affects the one being diagnosed, but also their family, especially those providing the majority of care.
Concern Over Retention Rises with Employee Turnover
Employers Continue Cautious Approach to Pay Increases
TORONTO, October 16, 2013 – Canadian organizations are planning average salary increases of 2.74 per cent for their salaried employees in the coming year, according to the Pal Benefits 2014 Salary Budget Report. This figure is lower than the 2.84 per cent increase employers projected for 2013, suggesting that organizations are continuing a cautious and conservative outlook, given ongoing economic unrest in much of the rest of the world.
Seed treatments vital in protecting crops against unpredicatable prairie Weather
The pyraclostrobin component of this seed treatment offers the added plant health benefits known with Headline and Twinline, including increased cold tolerance in the spring, which gives your crop a better chance against those May frosts.
Last year, fusarium cut grain yields by as much as 50 per cent in some parts of Saskatchewan, according to the Canadian Grain Commission. Due to cool, damp springs, fusarium and other soil borne diseases found on wheat are becoming a bigger issue in the province. But applying a fungicide seed treatment can protect crops and benefit yield potential despite weather conditions.
Insects and your garden: The good, the bad and the ugly.
We spend a lot of time during the summer months avoiding insects such as mosquitoes and black flies but when it comes to gardening, some insects are actually beneficial. Don't worry though, the good bugs for your plants are usually not the same ones that are most bothersome to humans.
Elanco Food Solutions Canada brings innovative food-safety solution to Canadian beef industry
Finalyse: the first pre-harvest hide wash for cattle now registered in Canada
Guelph (Ontario), July 9, 2013 - Today, Elanco Food Solutions Canada, a world-class leader in food safety, announced Health Canada has registered Finalyse™ for pre-harvest use on Canadian beef.
Currently registered in the U.S., Finalyse is the first pre-harvest hide wash for live animals in Canada. It is a food-safety intervention applied as a solution in the holding area before cattle enter a harvest facility.
The UPS Store Amplifies Its Local Facebook Reach with Reshift Media
(TORONTO) April 3, 2013 - The UPS Store Canada has partneredwith Reshift Media to translate the tremendous reach of their nationwide physical locations into a strong, local social media presence.
As part of the initiative, The UPS Store has launched a comprehensive Facebook strategy to provide valuable information and tools for its customers and local small business owners through its national network of franchises.
Research shows last year's moisture brings more weeds to Western canola fields
Cleavers are among the list of annual weeds on the rise that canola growers should be on the look out for. Research has shown that last year's wet conditions have increased certain weed populations and growers should be prepared to fight these weeds for numerous years to come.
According to Agriculture Canada, the top weeds on the list of increasing weeds in canola fields include: cleavers, green foxtail, wild buckwheat, wild oats, spring wheat and spiny annual sow thistle.
Commitment to research, partnerships keeps the pulse industry innovative
In 2006, BASF Canada teamed up with the Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) to develop a partnership that had one goal in mind: bringing a new solution for lentil production to Canada.
The Clearfield Production System for lentils matched cutting-edge varieties bred for herbicide tolerance with innovative herbicides and fungicides from BASF Canada. It was a partnership that proved to be a game-changer for the industry.
BASF brings plant health to fungicides with $2M per day research investment
Today's fungicide market is about more than just protecting against crop diseases.
In 2010, BASF Canada began promoting plant health benefits in its line of fungicides. AgCelence -- as they have coined it -- is a unique plant health benefit of F500-based fungicides from BASF and is defined by three pillars: disease control, growth efficiency and stress management. Fungicides with AgCelence benefits promote stronger plants that are able to manage environmental stresses and fend off diseases to allow the plant to reach its full potential.