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Agriculture Report

Fertilizer Regulations Changing

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CFIA now focused on if products are safe rather than effective.


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There are changes with regards to fertilizers for the agriculture industry.

The federal government says it will no longer regulate the effectiveness of fertilizers.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it will instead focus on whether such products are safe for people, animals, plants and the environment.

The change is expected to save the government money and reduce red tape for the industry.

The federal government says it will continue to monitor that products are properly labelled to protect consumers.

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Our federal government says it will no longer regulate the effectiveness of fertilizers used by the agriculture industry.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it will instead focus on whether such products are safe for people, animals, plants and the environment.

The agency claims the change will save the government money and reduce red tape for the industry.

The federal government says it will continue to monitor that products are properly labelled to protect consumers.

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A plant pathologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is reporting a significant amount of stripe rust in southern Alberta.

Denis Gaudet says a field was found with 60 per cent incidence and 30 per cent severity of this disease.

He says it suggests the possibility of overwintering events for stripe rust.

Overwintering means that producers with susceptible varieties should be on high alert for stripe rust.

Cereal producers should be aware that all winter wheat varieties are susceptible to stripe rust and should be sprayed if stripes are evident on leaves.

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The U-S Department of Agriculture says the quality of the American corn and soybean crops is slipping.

The latest Crop Progress Report says 63 per cent of the corn is rated good to excellent -- that's down three points from last week and seven points off last year.

The soybean crop is rated 56 per cent good to excellent -- that's four points off last week and 12 points off a year ago at this time.

The U-S-D-A says the winter wheat crop condition improved slightly over the past week -- 54 per cent of that crop is rated good to excellent.

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And the Grain Farmers of Ontario says there needs to be a broad investigation into why thousands of bees are dying.

Spokesperson John Cowan says there could be many factors at play and doesn't want anything to be over-looked.

Some recent tests have confirmed that a corn seed insecticide is killing the insects.

Cowan says if the insecticide is the sole culprit -- changes should be made to planting equipment so farmers can keep using it.

 

 


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