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Family farm documentary was part of pesticide lobby’s campaign to change how you think

The Englots, a family growing wheat, soybeans and canola, discuss their day over morning coffee. Loretta, the mom will tend to her horse and the dogs, while dad Norman and son Luc will scout the field to check for weeds.

Father and son discover kochia, sow thistle and round-leaved mallow, three perennials common in Western Canada. “That’s a difficult weed,” Norman says about a patch of sow thistle. “They’re linked by the roots, and suck a lot of moisture.”

Norman then explains, “we basically want to control the perennials before they get too big, and get out of control.” Guitar notes play as Norm and Luc get the crop sprayer out and head into the field.

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