Research and Innovation
Managing the spread of glyphosate resistance
The number of affected acres infested with glyphosate-resistant weeds in Canada will almost definitely increase in 2014 and these weeds will continue to be a problem for growers.
Canadian growers are definitely on the lookout for resistant weeds. In fact, Canadian growers are reporting that 1.1 million acres of cropland are already infested with glyphosate-resistant weeds, according to a 2013 survey conducted by Stratus Ag Research. The report also identifies that approximately 60 percent of the affected acres are in Saskatchewan, where growers are producing the majority of Canada’s wheat crop.
Resistance management techniques for your farm
“Applying a pre-seed herbicide will help control weeds that have either germinated last fall or early in the spring and will allow you to start the season with clean fields.”
Growers are becoming more concerned about the spread of resistant weeds on Canadian farms. In fact, a recent poll conducted by Ipsos Reid shows that 86 percent of growers say that resistance is a concern. Almost 90 percent of growers in Canada say they’ll adjust their growing practices in order to delay herbicide resistance on their farms.
Volunteer canola: one of Western Canada’s most important weeds
According to a poll conducted by Ipsos Reid, only one in three growers from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are following the industry best practice of growing canola once every four years. But, the profitability of canola is driving growers to focus on maximizing returns by tightening rotations.
Managing volunteer canola with proper pest management practices in tight canola rotations will be critical in targeting the highest yield at harvest time.
Agronomy Specialist for the Canola Council of Canada, Angela Brackenreed, says volunteer canola from other systems can present a lot of challenges in your canola crop and is why the Canola Council of Canada lists it as one of the 10 most important weeds in canola production.
Fungicides offer more than just disease control: BASF
Fungicide use has picked up momentum in the past several years on many crops in Canada. While the purpose of a fungicide application is disease management, some fungicides have evolved to offer additional plant health and yield benefits.
The customized approach is a focus for the company with the recent launch of new fungicides tailored to specific time frames for specific diseases.
In 1996, BASF registered the first fungicide that delivered such benefits. Headline — a pyraclostrobin-based fungicide for managing leaf diseases on multiple crops — was positioned as more than just a disease management tool thanks to the unique plant health, or AgCelence, benefits that the pyraclostrobin active exhibits.
Unpredictable weather calls for residual herbicides
The crop is almost weatherproofed for winds that may come through later in the season, dry weather, or excessively wet weather.
Climatologists are predicting an average spring throughout most of Ontario and Quebec this year. But considering that the average spring in the region consists of a variety of temperatures and types of precipitation, it is anyone’s guess what the season will actually hold. This leaves growers guessing what to do to prepare fields for planting.
Canadian cereal growers prepare for spring and look to build on success of 2013 season
“We know how important it is that growers get the best returns at the end of the year, so we keep it our top priority to continue to deliver innovative solutions to help them do it.”
2013 was a big success for Canadian cereal crops in Western Canada. Statistics Canada reported Canadian wheat production increased by 38.0 per cent, barley by 27.8 per cent, and oats by 38.3 per cent over 2012. Both barley and oat acres produced record yields in 2013: barley at 71.7 bushels per acre and oats at 92.1 bushels per acre.
A timely fungicide application is crucial to improve maximum yields in corn and soybeans
A properly timed fungicide application offers disease protection while increasing a crop’s standability and stress tolerance, helping to achieve maximum yield.
According to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF), disease pressure in eastern Canada is increasing. With the severe outbreak of northern corn leaf blight in some areas of the province and incidents of Asian soybean rust increasing in the southern United States, growers in eastern Canada are reminded to take preventative measures when it comes to disease management in corn and soybeans.
Protecting pulse crops from severe weather
Canadian lentil growers using products with AgCelence experience crops with greener leaves, stronger stems, and larger seeds. This results in improved crop yields, quality and harvestability.
Prairie weather is unpredictable. Growers know that can mean anything from cold snaps, to droughts, to flooding and everything in between. Poor weather conditions threaten crop quality and yield which can mean the difference between getting a premium price and having the crop rejected at market.
Boston Pizza Strengthens Its Local Facebook Approach with Reshift Media’s Social Brand Amplifier
“The Social Brand Amplifier allows companies to cascade posts, creative and promotions from a national level to maintain brand consistency, while still allowing for strong local involvement.”
(TORONTO) March 12, 2014 – Boston Pizza, Canada's largest casual-dining restaurant, has implemented Reshift Media’s Social Brand Amplifier to power their network of Facebook pages to help increase their local reach and relevance.
Feeding the 9-billion world: get crops off to a good start
“With Canada being the number one lentil exporter in the world, it is important that we continue to invest in research to help Canadian growers increase yields and meet future demands.”
With the global population expected to rise to 9.6 billion by 2050 and the limited agricultural land and resources, Canada, among other countries, will need to produce more food to keep up with the rising demand. Crop protection companies, like BASF, are continuously investing in research to bring new innovations to help growers produce healthy and high-yielding crops.