Beleaf Approved for Tarnished Plant Bug.
The PMRA has approved Beleaf 50SG Insecticide (flonicamid), Reg. No. 29796, for the control of tarnished plant bug on alfalfa for seed production. It should take 3-6 months for this to be added to the label.
We recently received an APWS (A Priority Without Solution) for blossom blight on alfalfa. This will give us the opportunity to initiate screening trials for a range of candidate active ingredients to control the pest. The Pest Management Centre (Ottawa) will be in charge of the project. Once (if) a candidate active ingredient is selected through the screening process, this active will automatically receive a Category A for data to be generated, the registration package to be put together and the submission made to the Pest Management Regulatory Agency.
The Alberta Agriculture Farm and Ranch Safety Coalition (AgCoalition) has launched their new website. Their hope is to use this website to promote awareness of their progress in working with the government to ensure producer participation in policy development. www.agcoalition.ca
New & Old Board Members
It is with deep gratitude that we say farewell to Darren Nikkel, Gordon Frank, and Aaron VanEe. Their influences on the board have been notably impactful in the past and they will be missed at our monthly board meetings. As a result of the elections held in the spring (2016) we are pleased to welcome our newest board members Alex Geerligs and Chad Skrove, and to welcome our highly regarded advisor Brian Slenders, into the position of President.
This survey will only take a few minutes to complete, and the outcome could drastically improve our chances of controlling pesticide resistance in alfalfa weevils.Even If you are not having trouble controlling Alfalfa Weevils, it will help to establish a perimeter for the affected area.