Pests and diseases are a part of nature. They can render an entire crop useless. Good planning can significantly reduce the risks, but doing so needs to be an end-to-end solution.
When your entire life revolves around growing plants, what happens when there's a cool and slow spring?
Somebody recently asked me to write something on neonicotinoides. At first, I was rather reluctant since the topic can raise a few hackles, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought I should write something up.
Everywhere in the media there is talk of reducing pesticide use, which is something we all strive for. Reduction and banning, however, have very different implications.
Being a farmer in Canada isn't an easy task. We're at the mercy of the weather and we're assaulted at all angles from consumers and the media.