Robert's Rants
Robert's Rants
A personal blog on the Canadian pesticide industry and other pet peeves and interests
Robert's Rants

Robert Percy is the Director of Operations for Gardex Chemicals, and has been with the company for 19 years, and a bona fide resident of Canada since 2002. Prior to that Robert worked 17 years with ICI/Zeneca, now formerly known as Syngenta. Robert had numerous roles in the company, including Senior Marketing Manager for the Stauffer acquired multi-crop herbicides, then the soybean and cotton herbicides Fusilade, Reflex and Fusion. His last assignment was with the non-Ag Group, Zeneca Professional Products, with responsibility for marketing and strategy for the US and Canada.

Robert hails from the great state of Kansas, and has a Bachelor's Degree in Horticulture. He's attended many post grad courses, through Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, Southwestern, and Wharton School of Business to name a few.

All opinions are his own and do not reflect the policies of Gardex Chemicals Ltd.

How to beat the choppers and slashers

Howdy there price shoppers… Shopping for prices, the occasional Special, buy one get one…all parts of what is known as your Pricing Strategy.  These may be temporary or a buying incentive.  That happens in nearly most industries, based on many different factors. In some Industries the Specials/Discounts become  regular price strategy.  Take the grocery business […]

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A HEADS UP….Marijuana and Greenhouse treatments

I have had hundreds, well 6 so far, of Pest Control dudes asking about this marijuana business and if there is an opportunity there for pest control. Maybe. BUT if you live in Ontario, where the seem to be Production Facilities popping up everywhere, and they’re all stoned in the liberal party, you need to […]

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Another Stupendous and Novel Idea

So who trains the trainer? Or better put, who inspects the inspector? I never thought about it before, but some one must surely train the inspectors.  All about structural pest control perhaps? Maybe even some OTJ, hands on, kill some bugs type of training, Sooo…suspecting that training may not exist to the levels I would […]

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Pest Control 101 A quick lesson for those regulating the Industry

I’m going to skip with the lesson and go straight to the quiz. Multiple choice, so even our friends in Ottawa (sorry I forgot I don’t have friends there) can pass it. And only 2 questions! Question 1.) You have been asked to do a preventative treatment of a home backing on to the Rouge […]

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Mighty Mites!!!

Here I come to save the day! Mighty Mouse is on the way! Remember Mighty Mouse?  You might if you were born in the 40’s or 50’s.  That was one cool comic character, would kick the butt of those Paw Patrol wimps I tell you. Any…kinda digressed. Back to mites. Rat mites, bat mites, bird […]

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Is there hope for mankind?

Well right now it’s around 2:00 on a Friday, working through my nap to keep my New Year friggin resolution. Anyhow The way I normally like to drive to work requires a cut-left a block before the light, casual drive through a neighborhood, right/left back onto the main road without the hassle at the light […]

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You Wanna New SDS???? Quit your whining and read the LAW!

Okay….so maybe this is a sore spot. The rules, laws, regulations blah blah blah set up around WHMIS 2015, SDS versus MSDS, Global Harmonization and expiry dates are not confusing at all,  if you have the 17 days, 4hours and 37 minutes to read them. BUT… This is actually something that makes sense.  I want […]

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Want NAFTA to truly work? Two little changes

Here ya’ go…my magical methodology on fixing the woes of the North American Free Trade Agreement: 1. Open the borders between the three countries 2. Standardized currency Think like….EURO???? This little suggestion leads to about 6 separate rants, so at one per week that takes me to Spring! But: Step 1 OPEN LES BORDERS (for […]

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So did you check? But let’s talk numbers

Okay…I almost forgot but something has been bugging my arse…that’s a really cool word we should use more often. Have you been following the NAFTA debate?   Softwood lumber and automobiles. Yes it’s serious, very serious, powerfully serious. My vote????  If it mattered?   Kill NAFTA and let free trade rule.  NAFTA has nothing to do with […]

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