Being able to spray weeds like redroot pigweed early without spraying an entire field could help reduce costs for farmers.

Canadian weed sensing project could mean targeted spraying

Pesticides sprayed with more precision could reduce farmer costs and build consumer confidence in products

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – A project that will examine the use of artificial intelligence to detect weeds and crop pests during passes over a field received a $12.8 million investment from Protein Industries Canada. Led by Precision.ai., Sure Growth Solutions Inc., Exceed Grain Marketing and the Global Institute for Food Security, the project is designed to […] Read more

Bayer puts Roundup future claims settlement on hold

Judge questions proposal for third-party scientists to rule on chemical's carcinogenicity

Reading Time: 2 minutes Frankfurt | Reuters — Bayer was forced on Wednesday to delay part of a proposed settlement of allegations that its widely used herbicide Roundup caused cancer after a U.S. judge questioned its plan to deal with future claims. The German company said that lawyers representing those preparing a class action had withdrawn a request for […] Read more

Can icons simplify chemical labels?

Experts argue an internationally used set of icons could make labels easier to update and understand

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Judging a herbicide by its label can sometimes be as difficult as judging a book by its cover, especially if you’re reading product labels on your tiny smartphone screen. The Pest Management Regulatory Agency database on labels is made up of PDF files, which are often difficult to use when projected on […] Read more

Waterhemp is a cross-pollinating species, which improves its ability to develop herbicide resistance.

Weed of the week: Waterhemp

The challenging weed rapidly develops resistance, so rotating herbicides is critical

Reading Time: 2 minutes Waterhemp can be controlled through a variety of approaches, but identification is often difficult. The weed — a non-native member of the pigweed family first discovered in Lambton County in 2002 – is an annual plant producing tens of thousands of seeds every year. It features narrow leaves, wavy leaf margins, and (almost completely) hairless […] Read more

Glyphosate has become the most commonly used herbicide in the world, especially because of herbicide-resistant crops like soybeans.

Using glyphosate wisely

Glyphosate breaks down in the soil but buildup is shown to affect phytoplankton

Reading Time: 4 minutes Researchers from the University of Quebec say farmers might want to use glyphosate more sparingly — and for reasons beyond herbicide resistant weeds. Why it matters: Glyphosate may be comparatively benign, but overuse can still raise agronomic and environmental concerns. Presenting at the Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario’s annual conference, Marc Lucotte, research chair with […] Read more


Black-grass rising over and above a barley crop.

Using technology to pinpoint problem weeds

U.K. researchers create inexpensive, in-field herbicide resistance test tool

Reading Time: 3 minutes Britain’s island geography has been a major barrier for invading forces throughout history, but it’s not so effective at stopping the spread of invasive weeds. That’s why United Kingdom researchers have developed an inexpensive, convenient tool to help farmers identify resistant weeds, specifically black grass, as early as possible. Black-grass is to the U.K. what […] Read more

Bayer’s short season corn will only grow to about seven feet tall.

Bayer announces new herbicide mode of action

The broadleaf herbicide will be the first new mode of action in 30 years

Reading Time: 3 minutes A new herbicide molecule, a different approach to short stature corn and XtendFlex soybeans are three projects in the Bayer CropScience development pipeline that could have an impact on farms. Why it matters: There is increasing resistance to current herbicides so a new mode of action will be welcome. Bayer announced the new herbicide and […] Read more

Corteva to accelerate Enlist E3 soybean rollout

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. seed and crop chemical maker Corteva said Thursday it will accelerate production of its next-generation biotech soybean seeds and complementary herbicides in Canada and the U.S. over the next five years. The move heightens the competition for sales to farmers with rivals Bayer and BASF. Up to 20 per cent […] Read more


Developed by Pentair Hypo in conjunction with BASF, the Easyconnect Closed Transfer System totally seals the jug to the hopper so not a single drop can escape.

Easyconnect seals chemical transfer

A specially designed fill valve creates a sealed connection with a chemical container

Reading Time: < 1 minute Glacier FarmMedia – It’s not often we see major crop protection companies work together on technology, but that’s what’s happening as they develop a new universal closed transfer system (CTS) for chemicals. The CTS Easyconnect consists of a specially designed fill valve that creates a sealed connection between the CTS and the chemical container. The […] Read more

A better understanding of the biological processes of crops could help with spraying efficiency.

Crop biological clocks show spraying success affected by time of day

Researchers found that biological processes in plants can determine spray success

Reading Time: 2 minutes The most efficient use of herbicides depends on their timing relating to weather – but it also may depend on the biological clocks of the plants being sprayed. Research at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom showed that the amount of herbicide needed to affect a plant varied by time of day. “This […] Read more