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XiteBio / 03.07.2020

Fusarium Head blight (FHB) is a fungal infection caused by species in the Fusarium genus of fungi and has been one of the most economically costly diseases in cereal production in North America since the 1990s. Between 1993 and 2001, FHB caused an estimated loss of $2 billion USD in the USA and an estimated loss of $520 million CAD in Canada (1). Hot, humid conditions just prior to flowering (as we are seeing this year in Manitoba) are the ideal conditions for Fusarium to develop, so what...

XiteBio / 26.06.2020

When using an inoculant or biological, it is always important to consider its compatibility with any inputs that are being applied at the same time. Inoculants and biologicals contain living bacteria or other microbes that need the right conditions to survive and thrive. Combining them with other seed treatments or fertilizers can potentially cause the bacteria to become stressed and not perform well or even kill them off entirely. Confirming compatibility between all products being used is critical to ensuring good performance.  There are two key aspects that...

XiteBio / 19.06.2020

We have been getting a lot of questions lately about the need to inoculate your crops every year. Is it necessary? If I added bacteria last season, isn’t there enough bacteria already? If I add bacteria every year, won’t I eventually get enough bacteria that I won’t have to add anymore? And if I am using added nitrogen to the soil it should still have some so why wouldn’t my nitrogen fixation levels be high enough for my plants? Here’s why adding bacteria every year is important: Rhizobium populations will...

XiteBio / 12.06.2020

One of the major pests North American pulse farmers will be dealing with this year is Pea Leaf Weevils. They can have a huge effect on nitrogen fixation, reduce yields and erase the effects of applied fertilizers and inoculants on your pea and faba bean crops. So what are Pea Leaf Weevils? And how do they affect nitrogen fixation in your crops? Pea Leaf Weevils (Sitona lineatus) are present in virtually all pea producing regions in the world and have become a major economic pest in North American pulse...