Daniel Itenfisu, a drought modeller with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s (AF) AgMet unit, collects data on weather and soil conditions from around the province, which is used to create drought reports and maps that aid farmers.
Crop pests are like party crashers: If you can’t get rid of them, at least limit the damage they do. While farmers would be lost without pest control products, they understand the need to regulate their use. But in the drive to review new chemistries and re-evaluate existing ones, some worry that science has taken a back seat. Under the federal authority of the Pest Control Products Act, the Health Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is responsible for regulating these products.
Already established in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Fusarium head blight is now spreading across Alberta, where tight regulations leave some farmers scrambling to source clean seed. Prevention and rotation are crucial in avoiding losses, and new tools are available to help farmers fight the disease.