Red Deer County News

Posted on: March 26, 2018

Pest Management: Strychnine

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Alberta farmers will once again have access to 2% Liquid Strychnine Concentrate (2% LSC) for the 2018 season

If you require 2% LSC for control of Richardson Ground Squirrel (RGS), please pre-order your product to ensure supply. Baiting RGS is most effective in early spring when food supply is limited and before reproduction has occurred. Requirements for use of 2% Liquid Strychnine Concentrate:
• Product can only be sold to bona fide farmers who have an infestation of Richardson’s Ground Squirrels. (Farm Fuel # required)
• The farmer must have an “economically significant” population of RGS as defined by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry which is; 1 hole per 4 meters walking or 20% crop damage in a 100 meter strip adjacent to a pasture – or road allowance.
• Farmers must sign a LSC agreement, and will be limited to 2 cases per person per purchase.

Producers are required to attend a short training session on 2% Liquid Strychnine. This training will be completed in conjunction with product distribution on Friday mornings from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Producers are required to phone the Agriculture Department at the County to pre-order their Strychnine to ensure an adequate supply is available.
• 1 case (24 bottles) of strychnine should treat approximately 1600 holes
• Strychnine will only be sold in multiples of 6 bottles (1/4 case), up to a maximum of 2 cases per farmer per pick-up

Distribution of 2% Liquid Strychnine Concentrate will begin on Friday March 16, 2018 and conclude on Friday June 29, 2018. To order, or if you have any questions please phone Agriculture Services at 403.342.8654

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