Canadian field and horticultural growers are being asked to share their resistance management tips, tricks and success stories in a new first-of-its-kind online contest in Canada – Pest Management Challenge: How do you outsmart resistance on your farm?
The contest is hosted by Manage Resistance Now, a collaborative effort of industry, academia and government experts, brought together by CropLife Canada to raise awareness and promote the adoption of strategies to manage weed, insect and disease resistance.
“What better way to get farmers thinking about resistance management issues in their fields than by rewarding them for sharing their own experiences?” says Jennifer Hubert, executive director, Plant Biotechnology with CropLife Canada. “Canadian farmers are already dealing with resistance issues on their farms and the Pest Management Challenge is an opportunity to get people talking and to encourage the adoption of resistance management best practices. After all, this is critical to protecting crop yield and quality today and to ensure continued access to technologies to support sustainable production going forward.”
The online contest (pestmanagementchallenge.ca) is open to all Canadian growers from November 29, 2022 to March 31, 2023*. Contest entrants can fill out the short online form and share their own experiences for a chance to win an iPad Air 256 GB** and the first 200 entrants will receive a $10 Tim Hortons electronic gift card. Three iPad prize winners will be drawn on April 10, 2023. Contest rules are available here.
The Pest Management Challenge: How do you outsmart resistance on your farm? contest is operated by CropLife Canada with support from Alberta Canola Producers Commission, BASF Canada, Grain Farmers of Ontario, Les Producteurs de grains du Québec, Pulse Canada, RealAgriculture and Syngenta Canada.
About Manage Resistance Now
Manage Resistance Now (manageresistancenow.ca) is a complete go-to resource to help growers and industry proactively manage herbicide, insecticide and fungicide resistance. With a goal to increase knowledge and promote adoption of strategies that will lead to a reduction of weed, insect and disease resistance, Manage Resistance Now is a first-of-its-kind initiative in Canada. The initiative provides a holistic approach that includes resources on cultural, mechanical, biological and chemical best management practices.
Source: CropLife Canada November 29, 2022 news release