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.

I’m always amazed at the industry

Of spiders. I took the above last night as the sun was starting to set. Sitting on the deck sippin’ an Old Fashion, looking at texts. Might have been my second sip..ahem..and thought I was hallucinating at the colors. Simply beautiful for a split second, with time and hour and planets lined up just right. […]

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Twice-Stabbed poor thing

I don’t make these up.  A Twice -stabbed Lady Beetle.   Kinda Shakespearean. Coulda been “Black Ladybug with Two Red Spots” Spreading it’s elytra to dry out her wings.    

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I’m sorry, but our neighbors to the south are just too damn funny

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 […]

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Bug of the Day

I was out walking Blu and Lucy The Hellhound around the neighborhood when I came across this little creature. not one, but thousands That’s one of the easiest ones to ID, but often confused with the Asian Ladybug, milkweed beetles, even bed bugs if found inside. The pic is a little grainy, trying to zoom […]

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I guess I’m just plain simple

But I’m really having a hard time with this one. The ugly looking pile on my desk, with the fine Corinthian leather, is a document allowing me to participate in a tender with a government agency helping those that need some help.  And help in servicing and procuring products in their pest prevention program. I […]

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So banning abortions isn’t pest related? Au contraire mon ami

After being chastised for being waaaaay off topic and outside the realm of pest control, I calmly corrected the former employee that it is Robert’s Rants.  Not “Percy’s Perspective on Pesticides” .   So who has boundaries? Not I said the little red Robbie. But actually, banning abortions is pest related, you just need to follow […]

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A Handsmaid’s Tale: Now playing live in D.C.

So 9 conservative Supreme Court justices are changing the rights of women to control their own destinies and bodies.  All in one little vote and signing a decision. Did you see they’re smiling photo shoot?  The pasty ass smiles killed me. 9 people nominated by 1 or 2 old men, and approved by another 100 […]

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Wow, I gotta stop ranting when I’m high! But seriously, Rant 1

Robert high??  Surprising I know, but here I have the excuse of just getting out of St. Joe’s (or Mike’s or Bernie’s – St. Bernard – get it) and their Emergency room. So a week or two ago, they saw me walk in bent over double and after numerous tests, withdrawals and probes, they finally […]

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Here we go, and yes your on the list

My top ten targets and fodder for ranting about illogical, inane and insane things people or collective people called “associations”, Industry, guberment, whether municipal, provincial or federal, and suppliers do; and anything else I feel like! A$Sociations: value add or money grab.  Read it here first. I could type each of these out but you […]

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No rants? Here’s my lame excuses

No, not that lame, but last year was just plain damn effed up (sorry) You know how you go to do something that requires focus, but you just can’t get there?  Too many thoughts racing around in circles. I go upstairs to get my phone, then the dogs want to play, oh here’s this to […]

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