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XiteBio / 07.08.2020

We recently crossed a major milestone here at XiteBio Technologies Inc. - Ten years as a company. What began as a small, ag-biotech company has grown into a substantial presence in the crop input market in Canada and the USA, with our eco-friendly products and biological expertise setting us apart in the world of biologicals and inoculants. We are proud to have been serving the inoculant and biological market for over a decade now and would like to take the time to look back on our journey as...

XiteBio / 31.07.2020

As the season progresses and legume crops start seed formation, pests become a bigger issue at the forefront of growers’ minds. Today we are going to discuss one of the most prevalent pests in North American legume crops: Pea Aphids, and answer the question: What can be done to stop them limiting your yields? Pea Aphids (Acyrthosiphon pisum) are found throughout legume cropping regions in Canada and the northern United States, and most commonly affect field peas, although lentils and faba beans can become common targets as well. Aphids...

XiteBio / 24.07.2020

As the middle of the growing season approaches, it comes time to check crops for disease and pests, and to check your legume crops for nodulation. This week on Growing Possibilities we will be discussing nodulation, with a focus on soybeans. What is nodulation? How do I check for it? What can I do if it does not occur? Nodules on the roots of all legume crops are the result of a symbiotic relationship between leguminous plant roots and nitrogen-fixing bacteria. Symbiotic bacteria fix nitrogen from the air in...

XiteBio / 17.07.2020

Last week on Growing Possibilities we discussed the yield-limiting canola disease Sclerotinia Stem Rot. This week, we are continuing with this theme of canola disease and discussing what is likely the most destructive disease North American canola growers have to worry about: Clubroot. Clubroot is caused by the soil-borne pathogen Plasmodiophora brassicae, which colonizes canola roots and prevents uptake of water and nutrients by their host plants. This infection begins in the root hairs before eventually invading root tissues and causing large growths or galls to form on roots...