| ||One of the most widely-requested publications from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) is the Crop Protection publication, also known as the “Blue Book” in industry circles. Revised annually, the Blue Book includes the most up-to-date information around crop protection. “The most important part of the annual update includes newly-registered pesticide products” says Mark Cutts, crop specialist at the Ag-Info Centre. “This’s year’s edition includes new herbicides, insecticides, seed treatments, and foliar fungicide.”
In addition to including new products, previously registered products are updated. Significant changes in some products, crops covered, and usage instructions give producers more options than ever. “The majority of the new pre-seed herbicides are registered for use ahead of seeding cereals, but there is one pre-seed product registered for use ahead of canola” says Cutts.
Other new herbicide products are registered for in-crop use for a variety of crop types. In addition, a number of new fungicides have been registered for use in 2016, and new foliar fungicides are available for use on pulse crops, canola, and cereal crops. A small number of insecticides and seed treatments were also added to the 2016 Blue Book, mostly for potatoes.
When using pesticides, it is important to be aware of pesticide resistance. “It is recommended that pesticide products be selected based on chemical group and active ingredient. Purchasing pesticides products based on newly registered product names could lead to repeated use of a chemical group, and increase the risk of developing pesticide resistance,” says Cutts. All pesticide products presented in the Blue Book have their chemical group and active ingredient listed. By using this information, the risk of developing pesticide resistance can be reduced.
To order a hard copy of Crop Protection 2016 for only $12, go to AF’s website at www.agriculture.alberta.ca/blue or call 780-427-0391.