Research and Innovation

Published on Thu, 06/26/2014 by Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors

ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF NDs LAUNCHES NEW HEALTHCARE SERIES

ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF NDs LAUNCHES NEW HEALTHCARE SERIES

(Toronto, Ontario, June 26, 2014) The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) invites news media and websites to publish a new, free series of columns that will discuss a range of everyday healthcare issues from a naturopathic medicine perspective. 

Published on Wed, 06/25/2014 by BASF Canada

Get a handle on FHB

Get a handle on FHB

As fusarium head blight continues to spread, growers are becoming more concerned about its increasing severity. Already well established in Manitoba and Eastern Saskatchewan, the disease is now spreading across Southern Alberta. According to 2020 Seed Labs Inc., counties in Southern Alberta have shown a high risk for developing FHB this year. As growers in Saskatchewan are aware, FHB is a devastating disease. In 2012, FHB cut grain yields by as much as 50 percent in parts of Saskatchewan.

As growers in Saskatchewan are aware, FHB is a devastating disease. In 2012, FHB cut grain yields by as much as 50 percent in parts of Saskatchewan. 

Growers can get a handle on FHB by following these tips:

Published on Wed, 06/04/2014 by BASF Canada

Planning a cereal disease management strategy

Planning a cereal disease management strategy

Many growers now direct market their grain into the United States. But with grade standards south of the border becoming stricter, growers need to control diseases to maintain the quality of grain to satisfy that market. When managing cereal pathogens within cropping systems, using an integrated management strategy will maximize returns.

When managing cereal pathogens within cropping systems, using an integrated management strategy will maximize returns. 

Grain grades and the three stages of disease management:

Published on Wed, 06/04/2014 by Newspapers Canada

Newspapers Canada releases 8th annual National Freedom of Information Audit

Newspapers Canada releases 8th annual National Freedom of Information Audit

The results of this audit show that we've still got a long way to go before we really have a culture of openness and accountability around government data.

Toronto, ON (June 4, 2014). Newspapers Canada released its 8th annual National Freedom of Information (FOI) Audit report today. The 2013/2014 audit reviews the performance of Canadian governments and various public institutions with respect to their access to information regimes.  As such, it provides the public with the opportunity to see the degree to which our governments are in compliance with their own FOI legislation, as well as facilitating comparisons among jurisdictions.

Published on Wed, 05/14/2014 by BASF Canada

Integrated management approach reduces FHB implications in malting barley

Integrated management approach reduces FHB implications in malting barley

There’s nothing quite like that first sip of a cold, refreshing beer. But, when beer gushes out of a freshly-opened bottle or has an off-putting taste, it can leave a beer drinker asking ‘What just happened?’

“The key is using an integrated approach to the disease. You cannot rely on just one part alone; it needs a combination of tools to be effective.”

According to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), it may be related to fusarium head blight (FHB) infection in barley.

Published on Wed, 04/30/2014 by BASF Canada

Managing the spread of glyphosate resistance

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.

Published on Mon, 04/28/2014 by BASF Canada

Resistance management techniques for your farm

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. 

Published on Wed, 04/23/2014 by BASF Canada

Volunteer canola: one of Western Canada’s most important weeds

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.

Published on Tue, 04/15/2014 by BASF Canada

Fungicides offer more than just disease control: BASF

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.

Published on Wed, 04/02/2014 by BASF Canada

Unpredictable weather calls for residual herbicides

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.

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