A personal blog on the Canadian pesticide industry and other pet peeves and interests
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.
Since my two local, around the corner hardware stores closed I am now a frequent shopper at Home Depot. Partially because of my new old man past time of hiding in the garage making toothpicks and sawdust out of big boards. Then buying more boards, making more toothpicks, and repeating the cycle until I die […]
I’m bewildered at how local government can override all the data and research and chemists, ecologists, microbiologists, toxicologists, MD’s and Phd’s who work at Health Canada in the PMRA. That means the PMRA’s highly valued, educated, and respected scientists put in years of work for nothing? It certainly doesn’t guarantee the pesticide can be used. […]
A slight exaggeration but not that far off. As the new average home price hits $700k, we’re going to make some 5800 families happy. and thats all good, but Take that same $4 billion and hire 32,000 nurses and/or police and/or teachers at $125,000 each. Imagine the effect on 20 hour emergency room visits, and […]
Okay, so my ranting about this label issue and a major gap in communications that needs addressed continues! The fine print is too damn fine. Simple enough. The whole pest control manufacturing industry, at least those still dumb enough to be in the pesticide business, are required to put a label and a booklet/pamphlet/Directions For […]
It makes you wonder how many people (including children) sat around in a committee, eating tax dollar donuts, did it take to come up with a definition for ”residential”? This ones from Demand CS 11.2 Animal Housing (such as poultry and livestock housing) For indoor applications to residential areas (where the general public, including children […]
Step one: renege on the deal brokered at your daughters shindig Step two: enact a new law that all golf courses can only have 15 holes Step three: build to your hearts content on the 90 hectares of land freed by making rich fat cats play 3 holes twice! There you go. Green Belt saved. […]
To try to interpret the damn things. I know I’m getting old and dumb(er) but I swear the Direction for Use labels for new products, and those recently reviewed, makes it harder to actually use the product. In a recent poll, nearly 75% of the PCO’s residing in the US read the label, compared to […]
I took the above picture last night as the sun was starting to set. Simply beautiful for a split second, with time and hour and planets lined up just right. like a tiny moment of Zen. 10 seconds later a yellow jacket hit the web and a short battle ensued, with the spider using all […]
A picture in the Sunday NYT (New York Times) yesterday shows a young woman with all the garb taking a refresher target practice course. Honing hers skills with a .38 S&W. Police Force maybe? Security Guard? NCIS? FBI? CSI Miami? Nope nope nope A kindergarten teacher. I repeat, kinder…garten…teacher. Big lined paper…check Crayons…check Weekly readers…check […]