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XiteBio / 10.07.2020

As the cropping season moves along we are starting to see flowering in many crops, and with flowering comes the presence of pests and diseases. Whether it’s on Twitter or in Research publications, the problem of Sclerotinia Stem Rot is on Canola growers’ minds right now. This is one of the most destructive diseases in canola, and has become a yearly concern for canola growers all over Canada, with 2020 being no different. In this week’s edition of Growing Possibilities, we are going to discuss Sclerotinia Stem Rot...

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...