Using drones in Canadian agriculture isn’t new, but using them for pesticide application is. Agassiz, British Columbia federal researchers are working with provincial agencies and an Abbottsford drone company to provide Health Canada with data it will need to determine the viability and safety of drone-based pesticide applications.
Research findings into management of viticultural pests have been summarized for grape growers in a comprehensive field manual entitled Guide to the Key Arthropods of Vineyards of Eastern Canada.
Canadian growers have a new tool in the fight against fungicide resistance. ManageResistanceNow.ca has added fungicide best practice information to help growers minimize the development of resistance in their crops.
The manufacturers of Manzate Max have been granted registration of their product for control of fungi on apples, potatoes and vegetable crops. The fungicide, a liquid formulation, is targeted at a broad spectrum of key diseases.
Health Canada will be cancelling some uses and restricting others of three neonicotinoid pesticides. Changes are ahead for crops ranging from tree fruits to berries to cucurbit vegetables. All uses for orchard trees, for example, have been cancelled.