Bertha armyworm is one of the most destructive insect pests of crucifers in any year when there is a major outbreak. In Canada, it is found in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and some parts of British Columbia. Its preferred host plants include canola, rapeseed, mustard, and alfalfa, but it also attacks flax, peas and potato. The […]
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Harvest time is a critical stage in canola cultivation. Untimely harvesting and inappropriate harvesting techniques can reduce both yield and quality. If canola is straight cut, a desiccant can be applied to facilitate the harvest operation. As noted in the previous blog, desiccation is a useful way to accelerate dry down of the crop and minimize […]
Legumes (pulses) are more susceptible to weather damage than cereals, so a delay in harvesting can lead to loss of yield and deterioration of quality. To reduce the time from maturity to combining, field crops may be desiccated. Desiccation is the chemical termination of plant growth at the stage when all growth functions, seed size […]
The diamondback moth has the creepy reputation of being the most destructive insect pest of Brassica crops in various parts of the world. The insect attacks plants in the Brassicaceae family including canola, cabbage, mustard, broccoli, kale and cauliflower. It is estimated to cost the world economy US$4–5 billion annually and is particularly problematic in […]
Recently, I sat at the edge of my seat, staring at my computer screen in shock as I read a BBC news story about how scientists are battling to save my favourite fruit from extinction. The Panama disease that threatened to wipe out bananas in the 1950s had made an aggressive comeback. This current outbreak […]
Thankfully, the rains have come to soothe our parched lands and breathe new life into our thirsty crops. But as soils become wetter, conditions for the growth of moisture-loving organisms such as fungi become more favourable. The fungus kingdom is a large and diverse one. It includes beneficial species such as those that help in […]
How to tap into the several benefits of tissue testing Managing fertility in crop production is not the easiest thing to do. Nobody holds all the pieces of the puzzle. Many times, we are left to play with the pieces left behind after nature has done playing. Our success often depends on how well we […]
There are very few things that can turn good neighbourly relations as sour as herbicide drift can. There is no shortage of instances where friendships are strained because someone’s favourite grape tree or tomato plant was killed after a neighbour sprayed dandelions. But herbicide drift is not only a concern for the owner of sensitive […]
When it comes to weed control, Kochia is a nasty one to deal with. Here’s what you should know. ‘A weed is but an unloved flower’ – that’s according to popular author and poet, Ella Wheeler Wilcox. I guess she’s right…especially the ‘unloved’ part. They may be flowers, but as long as they are growing […]
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