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Weed Wisdom Feb. 2020

Created February 19, 2020 | Category: Pest Management

Glyphosate-resistant wild oat in Australia By Dr. Charles Geddes A recent discovery uploaded to the International Survey of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds ( confirmed one of our biggest fears with respect to herbicide resistance on the Canadian prairies. Glyphosate-resistant wild oat was confirmed in a chickpea field near Queensland, Australia. Interestingly, the researchers confirmed glyphosate resistance in […]

Weed Wisdom Jan. 2020

Created January 21, 2020 | Category: Pest Management

A host of Agriculture and Agri-Food scientists know that kochia resistance presents a problem for agriculture. Dr. Charles Geddes and others study and look for mechanisms that can help Canadians beat back this weed. The poster here offers some insight into the ongoing work in Alberta. Download the pdf to read it at full size

Weed Wisdom Nov. 2019

Created November 21, 2019 | Category: Pest Management

No Standing in the Shadow Word Alert allelopathy By: Charles Geddes Competition between crops and weeds begins sooner than most of us think!   Growers are all too familiar with the impact of weeds on their farm. Crop and weeds compete for essential resources, like water, nutrients or sunlight; which can have a direct effect on […]

Bug of the Month Nov. 2019

Created November 21, 2019 | Category: Bug of the Month

Pests of stored grain by Vincent Hervet and Paul Fields Grain stored in bins can be infested with seed feeding insects. To maintain high quality grain, there is zero tolerance for live insects in grain sold into the commercial grain handling system. There are over a 100 different stored grain insects in Canada, but only […]

Weed Wisdom

Created October 7, 2019 | Category: Pest Management

Testing uncontrolled weeds will help with resistance management decisions next year By Charles GeddesVariable weather during spraying season this year helped some weeds escape herbicide control. These weeds can be misidentified as being herbicide-resistant, when in fact poor weather conditions during or after herbicide application were the cause. However, with a growing number of cases […]

Canola Watch Sept. 19, 2019

Created September 19, 2019 | Category: Farming Tips

Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Aug. 23, 2019

Created August 23, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Weather Synopsis Wanted – Slugs in field crops  West Nile Virus and Culex tarsalis Harvest Sample Program Provincial Insect Pest Reports Crop reports Review the 2019 weekly updates!

Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Aug. 15, 2019

Created August 16, 2019 | Category: Insects

Weekly Update week 19 Weather synopsis Predicted grasshopper development Bertha armyworm monitoring Wanted – Slugs in field crops  West Nile Virus and Culex tarsalis Harvest Sample Program Provincial Insect Pest Reports Crop reports

Weed Wisdom March 2019

Created March 27, 2019 | Category: Farming Tips

Consider cultural weed management by Dr. Charles Geddes As the snow begins to melt, growers everywhere wait eagerly to get back to the land. This is often a time to plan out the coming growing season, and secure seed, fertilizer, and chemicals, among a wide range of other organizational tasks. Growers invest a large amount […]

Bug of the Month March 2019

Created March 27, 2019 | Category: Bug of the Month

Spiders are friends in the field by Prof. Dan Johnson, University of Lethbridge@DanJohnsonAB Natural enemies of insect pests perform a great ecosystem service and therefore deserve of efforts to conserve them, or at least not actively kill them. We often forget one of the most important groups of organisms that tirelessly battle insects that feed […]

Tuesday Video – Dr. Kevin Floate

Created February 26, 2019 | Category: Bug of the Month

Cutworms & Carnage Dr. Kevin Floate talks about cutworms in Alberta at Farming Smarter’s Lethbridge conference 2017. He talks about the types of cutworms in Alberta and the crop damage they do. He emphasizes that the Alberta government has an online reporting site to gather info about cutworm populations, types and crop preferences and encourages […]

Prairie Pest Monitoring Network – August 24, 2018

Created August 24, 2018 | Category: News Articles

Weekly Update Weather Synopsis Pre-Harvest Intervals Slugs on wheat Plant Bugs Harvest Sample Program Stored Product Pests Provincial Insect Pest Reports Crop Reports Previous Posts Insect of the Week Upcoming Meetings and Conferences

Prairie Pest Monitoring Network – August 21, 2018

Created August 21, 2018 | Category: News Articles

As we are nearing the end of the 2018 growing season, we decided to feature something a little bit different for this week’s Insect of the Week: insects that are biological control agents of weeds. Natural enemies of insects include parasitoids and predators that kill insect pests…   Read more…

Prairie Pest Monitoring Network – August 16, 2018

Created August 15, 2018 | Category: Insects

Weather Synopsis Pre-Harvest Intervals  Bertha Armyworm Lygus in Canola Thrips Flea Beetles Ladybird Beetles Harvest Sample Program Stored Product Pests Provincial Insect Pest Reports Crop Reports Previous Posts

Prairie Pest Monitoring – July 26, 2018

Created July 25, 2018 | Category: Insects

Weather Synopsis Predicted Grasshopper Development Wheat Midge Lygus in Canola Bertha Armyworm Cabbage Seedpod Weevil Cereal Aphid Manager West Nile Virus And Culex Tarsalis Provincial Insect Pest Reports Crop Reports Previous Posts  

Prairie Pest Monitoring – July 19, 2018

Created July 20, 2018 | Category: News Articles

Weather Synopsis Predicted Grasshopper Development Wheat Midge Lygus in Canola Bertha Armyworm Cabbage Seedpod Weevil Cabbage Root Maggot West Nile Virus and Culex Tarsalis Provincial Pest Reports Crop Reports Previous Posts

Prairie Pest Monitoring Network – May 24, 2018

Created May 25, 2018 | Category: Insects

Weather Synopsis Wind Trajectories Cutworms Flea Beetles Cereal Leaf Beetle Alfalfa Weevil Pea Leaf Weevil Predicted Grasshopper Development Predicted Bertha Amyworm Development Canola and Flax Ticks and Lyme Disease Weather Radar Insect Pest Reports Crop Reports  

Weed Wisdom March 2018

Created March 15, 2018 | Category: News Articles

Green foxtail (Setaria viridis)  By Charles Geddes Since the 1970s, the #1 most abundant weed in the Canadian Prairies (Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba combined) is Green foxtail (Setaria viridis).  It is an aggressive competitor and can deplete the amount of nitrogen available to crops, potentially resulting in yield loss.  The seed also is known to […]

Weed Wisdom March 2017

Created March 15, 2017 | Category: News Articles

Narrow-Leaved Hawk’s-Beard (Crepis tectorum) The weather conditions in many areas last fall made it difficult to control winter annual weeds and extra attention may be warranted this spring. One such weed to consider is narrow-leaved hawk’s-beard (Crepis tectorum). It used to be considered primarily a weed of the northern Canadian prairies but is now also […]

Weed Alert: Jimsonweed

Created September 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Provincial Insect Update

Created July 22, 2015 | Category: Pest Management

Provincial Insect Update     From the July 16, 2015 Broadcast of Call of the Land Agri-NewsThis Week      Call of the Land Home         First off today we get an insect update with Scott Meers, insect management specialist with Alberta Agriculture. First off Scott, let’s talk about grasshoppers, one insect that thrives […]

New publication from Ag Canada on field crop insects!

Created June 4, 2015 | Category: Pest Management

Timely information for pest management You’ll want to check this out, book mark it and even down load onto your smart device.The publication Field Crop and Forage Pests and their Natural Enemies in Western Canada is now available on the Governent of Canada Publications page.You can find it here have also added a link […]

Cutworms in Southern Alberta

Created May 22, 2015 | Category: Government

From the May 21, 2015 Broadcast of Call of the Land Agri-NewsThis Week      Call of the Land Home         With over half of the crop in the ground we turn some of our attention to how those crops are growing. To find out if there are any insect issues yet, we’re speaking […]


Crop pest and disease watch for 2015

Created May 11, 2015 | Category: News Articles

Original post by Alexis Kienlen via Alberta Farm Express ————————– The new growing season is underway, with a combination of old and new challenges and opportunities. Alberta Farmer reporter Alexis Kienlen asked some experts about things that producers should look out for this growing season. Here’s what they had to say: Plant diseases It’s difficult for plant pathologists […]

2015 AB insect forecast maps live!

Created January 21, 2015 | Category: Pest Management

Timely information for pest management The 2015 AB Insect forecast maps are live! Check them out: Alberta Insect Pest Monitoring Network website

Tools for Insect Management – Mark Cutts

Created January 8, 2015 | Category: Agronomy



Tracking and Planning Important to Crop Success

Created September 16, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

While you may not have a lot of time to read right now, herbicide residues in soil can have a substantial enough impact on crops that you might want to read up on it during our next snow storm; which is far enough away in time that you may be able sit, relaxed in a […]


New Smartphone App Takes Aim at Alberta’s Most Noxious Weeds

Created August 21, 2014 | Category: News Articles

This appeared on the Edmonton City website August 13, 2014  A new iPhone application developed by the City of Edmonton is taking the guesswork out of weed identification. Alberta Weed Spotter is an easy-to-use application designed to help Albertans identify and report weeds to provincial authorities. The application includes all 75 species currently regulated under […]


When Lygus Becomes a Pest

Created August 19, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Dr. Hector Carcamo sent us these photos to help canola producers spot when Lygus bugs become a pest that needs treatment.     “Lygus bugs can feed on canola while the seeds are still soft. However the smaller, younger stages as the one shown with only one spot on their backs and no wing buds […]

Spray Weeds Early in Corn

Created August 16, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Read the story with photos in pdf  –  Weed Effect on Corn2   The advent of herbicide tolerant crops has made spraying corn much simpler, but there still are few factors to consider for optimum results. One very important thing to consider is proper spray timing. Much research supports the importance of early weed removal, […]


Canola Scouting Videos – NEW

Created August 5, 2014 | Category: Oilseeds

Pre-swath Disease Scouting Post-swath Disease Scouting Pre & Post -swath Disease Scouting (longer version) 

Western Forum on Pest Management

Created August 5, 2014 | Category: Pest Management

Western Forum on Pest Management Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Weekly Updates click here to view Western Forum on Pest Management

Spray fungicides before breakfast and herbicides at lunch

Created July 14, 2014 | Category: Pest Management

Spray fungicides before breakfast and herbicides at lunch Morning may be best for spraying fungicide, but save your herbicide application for midday Time of day counts when it comes to spraying for weeds and diseases, a study being conducted by Farming Smarter suggests. “If we have a better understanding of which herbicides work better under […]

Wheat Midge Survey Results

Created July 14, 2014 | Category: Pest Management

Timely Information for Pest Management To view the Wheat Midge Trap results map click here Agriculture and Rural Development Alberta

Cereal Leaf Beetle biocontrol fact sheet

Created July 14, 2014 | Category: Pest Management


Canola Fields Needed for Study

Created July 7, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Canola growers can help further the study of blackleg fungus that can lead to improved ways to prevent it in crops. A study led by University of Manitoba’s Dr. Dilantha Fernando and collaborators Dr. Gary Peng of AAFC in Saskatoon and Ralph Lange of Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures, Vegreville hopes to identify the avirulence […]


Pest surveillance branch update July 3/14

Created July 3, 2014 | Category: Insects

Pest surveillance branch update July 3/14 Timely information for pest management We will have finished up our alfalfa survey tonight. Thank you to everybody who helped us find a field or offered a field for the survey. It made for a very easy and efficient survey.We are in the middle of the canola survey so if […]


Crops may not need fungicide, farmers told during crop walk

Created June 16, 2014 | Category: Pest Management

Researcher Jeremy Hummel speaks to a group in a plot of canola about his work with cutworms Thursday at the Farming Smarter Crop Walk at their research and demonstration site east of the city. Herald photo by Ian Martens Garrett Simmons lethbridge herald Farmers considering applying fungicide should think long and hard this crop […]

Winter Wheat Weekly Update – June 9-13th

Created June 11, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

If you haven’t already now is the time to scout for diseases.  Many reports across Alberta have indicated the presence of disease such as rust, tan spot and septoria.  In some regions the crop is in the flag leaf, which is one of the main leaves  you want to protect against diseases.  In some regions […]

Canola Disease and Pest Videos online!

Created May 29, 2014 | Category: Insects

Canola Disease Management and Identification Canola Pest Management and Identification

Successful Weed Control – Mark Cutts

Created May 28, 2014 | Category: Pest Management

Successful Weed Control With seeding recently completed, producers will soon be heading to the field to begin to prepare for the next major management decision – in crop weed control.  Controlling weeds after crop emergence is an important part of producing a successful crop.  When herbicides are used effectively, weed competition will be reduced resulting […]

Pest Update: Pea Leaf Weevil are out (and Hungry)

Created May 15, 2014 | Category: Pest Management

Just a quick update: Pea Leaf Weevil is out and feeding actively. Four of us collected a couple hundred in winter peas (<2h) where damage was obvious but inconsequential as the plants are growing vigorously (3 node stage or higher). I suspect (hope) that with the cold spring, seeding of spring peas will be delayed enough […]

Pest surveillance branch update May 8, 2014

Created May 12, 2014 | Category: Pest Management

Scott explains how the cool spring affects insect development on his weekly Call of the Land.$department/newslett.nsf/all/cotl22200We have posted the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Weekly Update on our web page . In it you will find wind trajectory reports, a grasshopper egg development map, growing degree days and other sorts of goodies. Check it out!If you are […]

Pest surveillance branch update April 24, 2014

Created April 25, 2014 | Category: Pest Management

Pest surveillance branch update April 24, 2014 Diamondback moth traps are going out this week across the province, with reporting starting April 27. So next week you can check out the map at and follow the diamondback moth link.The cutworm map is also live, but there has not been any cutworm reports to date. If you are […]

Glyphosate resistant kochia confirmed in Manitoba and more

Created April 17, 2014 | Category: Pest Management

Glyphosate resistant kochia confirmed in Manitoba Herbicide resistant weeds are not a new issue in Manitoba, as Group 2 resistant kochia and Group 3 resistant green foxtail populations were identified in 1988. However, resistance to glyphosate is new and it remains an important herbicide in Manitoba crop production systems. Read more… Triticale: Poised for the future With […]

April 2014 Top Crop Manager

Created April 17, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

  Your April 2014 Digital Edition of Top Crop Manager is now ready! >> View Magazine Inside you will find: Pests and Diseases Fusarium management under irrigation. Crop Management More tools for your clubroot toolbox. Pulses Solid-seeded dry bean research. Canola Economics of shorter canola rotations PLUS Foliar fungicide and seed treatment updates; and a story that provides advice on […]


Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture – April 14, 2014

Created April 15, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Blue Book Now Available as Free Download Crop Protection 2014, or the “blue book” as it is more commonly known, is now available as a free downloadable .pdf. Hear the Call of the Land interview Read the Agri-News story  Managing Prosperity on the Beef Farm An Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) specialist says […]

PSB update – April 2, 2014

Created April 3, 2014 | Category: Pest Management

Timely Information for Pest Management The Alberta Insect Monitoring Network – More than ForecastsScott did a webinar on March 26/14 explaining how the Alberta Insect Monitoring Network works. Follow this link We are busy organizing the field surveys for 2014.We are going to be surveying the usual suspects *         pea leaf […]

Western Canada Update – April 2, 2014

Created April 2, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Western Canada Update     Spray Tips with Tom Wolf – Ep 4: Making the Pressure Gauge Your Speedometer      Good spray quality is essential in application, but all of the factors involved can make getting there quite a challenge. In this vlog, Tom Wolf talks about the evolution of pressure ranges in nozzles and […]


Agri-News RTW this Week – March 10/14

Created March 11, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Immediate Measures Require Railways to Deliver Specific Quantities of Grain A  Federal Order in Council, announced on March 7, sets out minimum volumes of grain that Canadian National Railway Company and Canadian Pacific Railway Company are each required to move. Following the announcement, Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson thanked the federal government their action. The Order in Council […]


Agri-News RTW this Week – Mar 3/14

Created March 4, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Alberta Students Learn About the Agricultural Industry Ag for Life is pleased to announce its support of Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week through a shared commitment of enhancing the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of agriculture in everyday life. Agriculture in the Classroom-Canada organizations will be celebrating this second annual Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week (CALW) in […]


Agri-News – RTW this Week – Feb 18/14

Created February 18, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Top Items from Agronomy Update 2014 Over 30 presentations on a wide variety of topics related to crop production were made at the recent Agronomy Update conference. The presentations provided information on crop pests, weed control, soil fertility, new crop options, grain storage and marketing. Mark Cutts, crop specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural […]


Agri-News – RTW this week – Jan 27/14

Created January 29, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

  Features Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea a Reportable Disease in Alberta Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, often referred to as PED, has killed more than a million young pigs in the United States. While one case has been confirmed in Ontario, there have been no cases of PED diagnosed in Alberta. As of January 20, 2014, PED is now areportable […]

Pest Surveillance Branch Update January 14, 2014

Created January 15, 2014 | Category: Pest Management

Timely information for pest management Forecast Maps Available We are excited to announce that the insect forecast maps for 2014 are now live. You can use the Alberta Insect Pest Monitoring Network page to link to wheat stem sawfly; bertha armyworm; wheat midge; pea leaf weevil and cabbage seed pod weevil. From The Society to […]


Agri-News – RTW this Week (Jan. 13/14)

Created January 13, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Points to Remember During Calving Season As calving draws closer, producers know that, as always, the season is a busy one. A little preparation and some advance management practices can go a long way in ensuring a successful calving season in 2014.  Click here for more in Agri-News. >     Barley and Cranberry Pork Stew […]

Pest Surveillance branch update December 12, 2013

Created December 13, 2013 | Category: Insects

The 2014 Wheat Midge Forecast Map has been posted on You can also find the forecast by clicking on this link$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/prm14667  2014 Wheat Midge Forecast Follow this link to return to the Alberta Insect Pest Monitoring Network home page. The wheat midge forecast for 2014 indicates a general decrease for midge risk in […]

Agri-News – RTW this Week (Nov. 25, 2013)

Created November 25, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Good Fences Make Good Neighbors As a response by the Government of Alberta to landowners’ needs, the Alberta Property Rights Advocate Office became operational in December 2012. “In their day-to-day work, the Office often deals with the question of what is meant by property rights. We like to use a practical, working definition of […]


Agri-News – RTW this Week (November 18, 2013)

Created November 18, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

  Features Rancher’s Risk and Return — a New Economic Analysis Tool for Alberta Cattle Producers A new decision support tool to assist cattle producers in calculating their cost of production and risk exposure has been posted to Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s website. The new tool,Rancher’s Risk and Return is an excel spreadsheet calculator that […]

Agri-News – RTW this week (Nov. 12, 2013)

Created November 12, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Minister Olson on Country of Origin Labeling Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson has returned from Chicago where he was attending the North American Meat Association’s 2013 Outlook Conference to rally support to change U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling, COOL rules.  Hear the Call of the Land interview >   New Inductee to 4-H Alberta Hall […]


Agri-News – RTW this week – Oct 21, 2013

Created October 22, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Post-Harvest Nutrient Management With the completion of harvest in many areas across the province, producers will already be thinking about the 2014 crop year. One aspect of next year’s crop production that can be considered this fall is nutrient management.  Click here for more in Agri-News. >   Ag for Life 2013 Harvest Gala The second […]


Agri-News RTW this week – Oct 15, 2013

Created October 16, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Potential Effects of the U.S. Government Shutdown on Agriculture The American government has been shut down for over a week now. On the agriculture side of things, the USDA has not been producing crop production reports. Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz discusses how this could affect markets.  Click to hear what Ritz has to […]

Pest Surveillance Branch Update Oct 11, 2013

Created October 13, 2013 | Category: Insects

*Click here for the PDF Timely information for pest management   We have attached the final version of the report Scott gave to the Western Committee on Crop Pests for 2013. Thank you to all who provided feedback. You will also be able to find it at Alberta Invasive Plant Council starting to look different…… […]


Agri-News RTW this Week – Oct 7, 2013

Created October 10, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Producers Urged to Test for Ergot in Livestock Feed It is never too early to start thinking about what grain will be used in winter rations. This year in particular, it is very important to purchase high quality feed grain. Ergot contamination is proving to be an issue of concern as this year, not […]


Agri-News – RTW this Week (Sept 23, 2013)

Created September 24, 2013 | Category: Business

Features Frost So Far This Fall Albertans know that winter is coming and that autumn brings cooler temperatures and the threat of over-night frost; but, before September 15, early widespread frosts were all but absent from most of the agricultural areas of the province. However, since that time, overnight cool northern air, clear skies and […]


RTW this Week: Agri-News (September 16, 2013)

Created September 16, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features One Day – 1000 Young City Slickers The Multicultural Heritage Centre is once again hosting the City Slickers program in Stony Plain at the Stony Plain Heritage Park, on September 20, 2013. City Slickers is a powerful one-day event that introduces Grades 4 and 5 students to the many facets of agriculture. Children experience […]


RTW this Week – Agri-News (Sept 9, 2013)

Created September 11, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Harvest Safely — Harvest Safety Make a plan to ensure everyone gets home safely this harvest season! “The safety conversation around ‘no one gets hurt’ needs to be the first conversation, first action and first thought farm owners and workers have as they go to work each day,” says Kenda Lubeck, farm safety coordinator […]

RTW this Week (from August 26, 2013)

Created September 3, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Moisture Situation Update as of August 20 Early in the morning of August 21, generally light frosts were recorded at several locations in a large area extending along the foothills from Grande Cache in the north, down to the M.D of Ranchlands (south of Calgary). This cold air brought freezing temperatures into some agricultural […]

Pest Surveillance Branch Update (Sept 3, 2013)

Created September 3, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Timely information for pest management    Scott Meers discusses how insect populations in the fall can indicate potential issues next spring.$department/newslett.nsf/all/cotl21246 Every year we survey around 300 fields for canola insects, another 300 for wheat insects and 150 for pea leaf weevil.  This is in addition to pheromone traps. The grasshopper survey is carried out by […]


RTW This Week – Agri-News:July 27 – August 2, 2013

Created July 30, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Agriculture Flood Relief It’s been over a month since the disastrous floods took place in Alberta. Although the flooding caused damage to the province’s agriculture sector, Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson says it could have been much worse.  Click to listen to the interview with Minister Olson. >  Federal, Provincial and Territorial Agriculture Ministers Discuss […]

Timely Information for Pest Management

Created July 30, 2013 | Category: News Articles

Timely information for pest management The Crop Diversification Centre South at Brooks is hosting the Canola Galla 2013, featuring demonstrations and information on insects, weeds, diseases, and all things canola. Participants can choose to attend one of two days – July 31st or August 1st. There is no cost, but registration is required. For more information, contact To […]

Pest Surveillance Branch Update – July 11, 2013

Created July 15, 2013 | Category: Pest Management

Nothing replaces boots in the field Today Scott Meers  discusses what the numbers mean from bertha armyworm traps, along with grasshopper and wheat midge.$department/newslett.nsf/all/cotl21075 Pathology Bacterial leaf stripe – caused by Xanthomonas campestris pv. translucens has been reported in some irrigated fields in southern Alberta. Warm, wet conditions, and overhead irrigation, have apparently created […]

The Basics of Insect Sweeping

Created July 15, 2013 | Category: Insects

By now you’re fully aware of the importance of monitoring insect pests in your canola. So, you’ve collected and assembled your sweep-net, now what? The standard technique for sweeping is one 180 degree sweep for every quick step through the canola field (accompanied by the odd fall, of course). Sounds simple (and perhaps slightly embarrassing), but […]

Pest Surveillance Branch update July 4, 2013

Created July 4, 2013 | Category: Pest Management

Timely information for Pest management and Pest Surveillance     Today Scott Meers discusses the flight of wheat midge in southern Alberta, bertha armyworm, cabbage seedpod weevil, and lygus.$department/newslett.nsf/all/cotl21050 Your counts matter. If you are out sweeping canola, we would like to have you report your sweep results here:$Department/pestmon.nsf/weevilWebSubmission We understand that we are all […]

Fighting the Fungal Foes

Created July 4, 2013 | Category: Pest Management

Fighting the Fungal Foes – By Harry Brook Column for paper for July 3, 2013 Warm, moist conditions in the spring, over the last few years, have caused a huge increase in the acres of crop sprayed with fungicide. As with most pesticides, the product has to be sprayed at the right time and correct […]

Pest Surveillance Branch Update July 2, 2013

Created July 4, 2013 | Category: Pest Management

Timely information for pest management / Pest Surveillance Just a heads up folks. When you click on the bertha armyworm map balloons to see the counts for that particular balloon (site), the map is not providing that information it. We have reported this to our IT team and they are working to fixing the problem. We […]

Pest Surveillance Branch Update June 27, 2013

Created July 4, 2013 | Category: Insects

Timely information for pest management / Pest Surveillance Today Scott Meers discusses first off the cabbage seedpod weevil, which is gearing up.$department/newslett.nsf/all/cotl21023 A quick tool for reporting your canola sweeps can be found here.$Department/pestmon.nsf/weevilWebSubmission By using this form to report your canola sweeps you will be adding points to this live feed map. We […]


Timely information for Pest Management

Created June 19, 2013 | Category: Insects

Timely Information for pest management of Grasshoppers, cutworms, bertha armyworms and a climbing cutworm Weekly insect update —————————————————————————— Pathology Cereal leaf lesions: a number of leaf lesion diseases on cereals have been reported this past week. For example, spot blotch, net blotch and scald are being reported on barley crops. Still no reports of stripe rust. […]

Alberta RTW this week Agri-News

Created June 12, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

  Alfalfa Autotoxicity When looking to breathe new life into an old alfalfa stand, alfalfa autotoxicity is one factor to be carefully considered before developing rejuvenation plans.  Read the Agri-News story >   Alfalfa Toxicity Affects Seedling Emergence and Growth Both seedling emergence and growth are reduced by alfalfa autotoxicity. Plants that do emerge are often […]

Timely Information for Pest Management

Created June 12, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

On his weekly insect update, Scott Meers discusses cutworms, grasshoppers, diamondback moth, leafhoppers, and spraying for flea beetles.$department/newslett.nsf/all/cotl20951 Bertha traps go up the week of June 16. The map will go live on June 23. If you manage a bertha trap location and have not gotten your supplies please email shelley.barkley@gov.ab.caand we will get you your supplies. ———————————————————————— […]

Canola Watch June 5: Tank mixing | Blackleg | Late seeding

Created June 11, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Canola seeding is complete or nearly complete in most regions. Timely rains mean rapid crop establishment and reduced flea beetle threat for most regions — although see the Tweet of the Week below. Good growing conditions also bring heavy weed growth, especially in fields that did not get a pre-seed burnoff. Larger weeds may need the high […]

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