Measures to protect bees
from pesticide residues in dust from corn, soybean and canola planting appear to be working in Canada. The number of bee deaths have continued to stay well below the high levels of 2012 and 2013, and the number of bee deaths linked to sprayed pesticides also dropped last year, according to Health Canada
Canada’s agriculture minister says the country is ready to export more food to China, including beef and blueberries. But canola remains Canada’s top agricultural export to China, with 2015 figures at $2 billion CDN worth of exports, the Global Times reported. Just last fall, during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Ottawa, the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding that extends exports of canola to year 2020 and provides an approach for producers to address concerns around dockage.
Blackleg is an increasing concern in Alberta, which was in 90 percent of fields investigated in a 2016 survey, according to Mike Harding, research scientist in plant pathology with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, in the Alberta Farmer Express. “If we looked harder, we probably could have found it in just about all of them,” he noted.