Stored Grain Insect Identification Key Launched

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Opinion

The Canadian Grain Commision (CGC) launched two online, dichotomous keys to help producers identify stored grain insect pests today. I took a test run of the keys, and found them to be fast, simple and totally within my budget (free) — so, nothing like their paper counterparts. A dichotomous key is relatively simple to use, as it only asks one question at a time, with two possible answers.  In the case of the aforementioned CGC dichotomous key, it begins by asking a very simple question: what is the length of the insect? Now, you can likely remember an insect’s approximate…

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