The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has announced revisions to the use of chlorothalonil, the active ingredient in fungicides such as Bravo and Echo. The number of applications for potatoes, for example, will be reduced from 12 to three per year.
The European Union has voted to ban all outdoor uses of neonicotinoids, prior to a legal decision to be rendered May 17th. Both Bayer and Syngenta challenged the 2013 partial ban at the European Court of Justice.
It is very important to know what herbicides have been used on any land prior to planting a new crop, to determine if there will be concerns with herbicide residues. In this article, see the re-cropping intervals required in certain crops.