Ontario insect farm gets investment

Reading Time: < 1 minute Entomo Farms, one of North America’s leading cricket producers, announced that it has closed a round of fundraising totalling $3.7 million to support growth and expansion. Founded in 2014 by brothers Jarrod, Darren, and Ryan Goldin, Entomo Farms produces cricket powders and whole roasted insects. The company has grown to 60,000 square feet of production […] Read more

ADM, InnovaFeed to build world’s biggest insect protein plant in Illinois

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. grain trader and processor Archer Daniels Midland and French biotech company InnovaFeed announced plans on Thursday to build the world’s largest insect protein plant at Decatur, Illinois. The announcement comes amid rising global feed grain prices and tightening supplies, and as more companies work toward reducing the carbon footprint of […] Read more

Emerging corn plants in Ontario.

Neonic ban decision expected in six months

Health Canada said it now has further information to consider in making its decision

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia — Health Canada is expected to make a decision on neonicotinoid insecticides in about six months. Federal scientists have studied neonics and their potential impact on aquatic insects for years. The final judgment was scheduled for this autumn, but now won’t happen until the spring. “Due to the vast amount of new information […] Read more

A Monarch butterfly only lays its eggs on milkweed plants.

Milkweed key to building monarch butterfly numbers

Science Notes: Monarchs appear to successfully migrate, but there’s concern about declining numbers

Reading Time: 2 minutes A recently published analysis of data on tagged monarch butterflies migrating from the United States to Mexico emphasizes the importance of creating new habitat to ensure the future of the species’ iconic migratory pattern. The study, published recently in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, drew on data collected on 1.4 million monarch butterflies […] Read more

VIDEO: Western Bean Cutworm

Field Talk with Matt Rundle: Ideal timing for scouting of WBC is now

Reading Time: < 1 minute On this edition of Field Talk, Farmtario reporter Jennifer Glenney, speaks with Matt Rundle, sales agronomist with Harriston Agromart, about Western Bean Cutworm scouting. Rundle says the ideal timing to scout this nasty pest is now. Peak moth flight, and egg masses are the best things to look for within grower’s fields. Western Bean Cutworm […] Read more

Crickets are made into protein powder and used mostly as food additives.

Large cricket farm coming to London

Aspire Food Group says it will be the largest of its kind in the world

Reading Time: < 1 minute The world’s largest food-grade cricket production facility will be built in London, Ont. Aspire Food Group says the new facility will be “one of the most technologically advanced and energy efficient protein production systems in the world”. It will employ 60 people. Construction is expected to start in August 2020 in London’s Innovation Park, where […] Read more

Individual ash trees can be treated with insecticide to protect against Emerald Ash Borer, but that’s not a solution for a woodlot.

Resistant trees found to resist ash borer

Science Notes: Gene editing could place resistance genes into ash species currently affected by EAB

Reading Time: 2 minutes An international team of scientists have identified candidate resistance genes that could protect ash trees from the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a deadly pest that is expected to kill billions of trees worldwide. In the new study, published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, researchers from Queen Mary University of London and the Royal Botanic Gardens, […] Read more

A Cornell researcher is testing a novel approach to control diamondback moths, a major pest of brassica crops including cabbage and broccoli.

Genetically engineered moth could help control pest populations

Science Notes: The diamondback moth damages brassica crops such as cabbage and broccoli

Reading Time: 2 minutes A newly published study reports a first-ever open-field release of a self-limiting, genetically engineered diamondback moth, stating that it paves the way for an effective and sustainable approach to pest control. The diamondback moth, also known as Plutella xylostella, is highly damaging to brassica crops such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and canola. This new strain […] Read more

Pest lessons learned in the 2019 Ontario crop year

Ontario Field Crop Report for the week of September 23

Reading Time: 3 minutes We all agree that this has been one of the most challenging cropping years in Ontario, but there were some pest lessons learned from the experience. Effect of delayed planting Delayed planting can reduce the risk of some early season pests. Pests like bean leaf beetle (BLB) move into the earliest emerging fields first. With […] Read more

A Monarch butterfly only lays its eggs on milkweed plants.

Is mowed milkweed better for monarchs?

Science Notes: Research shows that monarch butterflies prefer younger milkweed plants

Reading Time: 2 minutes As odd as it may seem, mowing down milkweed can help monarch butterflies. University of Guelph researchers have found that cutting down milkweed where monarch butterflies lay their eggs and where caterpillars feed benefits the vulnerable insects — but only if mowing is timed strategically. According to a new paper published in the journal Global […] Read more