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.

The Americanized PCO market in Canada: Good, Bad, or Who Cares?

In 1994, some young rebel Yankee took over management of the Canadian non-ag markets for a chemical company, whose name has changed 4 times now, by sitting on his duff in Delaware making phone calls. Of course the first move was to fire the Canadian rep, save money. Little did he know he would move […]

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The Windshield Test, fascinating…but scary as hell

I get the NY Times every Sunday, just to do the cross word and keep my mind fit.  But occasionally I do read something. In the December 2nd issue I believe, in the Times Magazine, was a fascinating article on how a teacher/professor in northern Europe carried out a simple experiment. The article started out […]

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Knowledge brings Profit

AND DO WE HAVE IT? Knowledge that is.   And with Knowledge comes Professionalism, and when tied together the smart PMP will be able to effect bottom line profits in a positive. But in my honest opinion: No,  we don’t have the knowledge throughout the Industry to go from being just good at pest control, to […]

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We have finally gone over the edge.

I thought that with the election of Donald Trump, perhaps the second best chance of an anit-Christ since Hitler, mankind had demonstrated that we are really beyond saving ourselves as a species. I knew then we were doomed, but maybe, just maybe there was some hope or shred of sanity left. But then this weekend […]

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Insect Control 102: Here’s how it happens

Bill and Bob (Sales and Regulatory VPS for NEW CHEM Company – but you knew that)  are reviewing their data and package before it goes to the PMRA: “Hey Bob, we need to finish the list of pests before we submit this label for PERM-O-TECHNO” “Well, we have ants, and that’s the biggest market?” “Yeppers, […]

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Insect Control 101. Can Logic Prevail? Before I retire?

As usual I have to preface this Rant that I am not advocating anything relating to using a chemical out side of the rules and regulations set forth by the government. When we are forced to put Pictograms on labels for the reading challenged, will it turn out to be 345 pages so we can […]

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U.S. versus Canada: Who moved my cheese!

I’ve figured out a simple solution to this whole NAFTA crap that Trump keeps trying to use as a weapon.    Guess he doesn’t understand “fair” in Fair Trade. And it’s all about cheese!  When did we switch from soft wood lumber to cheese??? But the problem we face and will always face is Canada is […]

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PMRA: Do Labels Need to be So Confusing??? Pictograms baby!

This year like every other I get several daily phone calls about what product to use on what insect for what location.  I try not to wince too much when I await the response to “Have you read the Label?”  And don’t tell smile too much when you say “Of course!  I always read the […]

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Bed bugs are labelled…just not where they hide!

Here’s a prime example of an on-going PROBLEM in our federal registration process, and with the supplier industry to some extent. On the label, and rightly so, are statements explaining WHERE you can use a pesticide, and on WHAT pest, and at the correct RATE. Easy Peesy as my granddaughter would say. Au contraire.. A […]

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So Back on the Bike!

Here’s the oddity of the whole argument of car versus bicycle: when you’re on a bike you hate all cars, and when you’re driving a car you hate all bikes. Simple… But I use the word “hate” here to freely.  It’s not really a love-hate thing.  It’s a human thing.  Like get out of my […]

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