Each year Canadian canola producers spend tens of millions of dollars on chemicals to control flea beetles, diamond back moths and other insects that prey on tender young canola plants. Even with chemical applications, flea beetles still account for more than $250 million in crop damage annually.
But now Saskatoon research scientists may have found the answer - a natural, chemical-free way to curb flea beetle damage and give canola producers a fighting chance. It's called Hairy Canola because it's well remarkably hairy. The amazing thing is that flea beetles hate it.