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sustainable cultivation according Stolk Flora

Macro-mites, essential oils and vital water for the orchid

At Waterdrinker’s Cash & Carry, in the coming weeks the spotlight will be on growers that contribute to a sustainable and healthy world in one way or the other. This has resulted in a story series, including this one: an interview with Jan Stolk and Marco Hartensveld of nursery Stolk Flora about their.....

Steven Fennimore, University of California:

"Future of automation in weed control is very promising”

Growers of specialty crops like vegetables, flowers and herbs have traditionally had limited options for herbicide-based weed control. Instead they have relied on costly and time-consuming hand weeding to protect crop yields. Experts writing in the most recent issue of the journal Weed Technology, though,.....

US: Survival of insect and mite pests in empty greenhouses during winter

Some New England growers shut down their greenhouses for a few weeks during the winter expecting the cold temperatures to be sufficient to freeze and eradicate all of their pest populations. However, some pests can survive and continue on your spring crops, especially if infested debris is left in the.....

U.S. lists Rusty Patched Bumblebee as endangered species

The rusty patched bumble bee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once familiar to much of North America, was listed on Tuesday as an endangered species, becoming the first wild bee in the continental United States to gain such federal protection.One of several species facing sharp declines, the bumble bee.....

by Steve Tjosvold

Scouting for diseases and environmental monitoring

Regular scouting for the earliest occurrence of disease is essential. Check plants at least weekly for symptoms of diseases and record disease occurrence, severity and environmental or other conditions that favored the disease. Learn what diseases are known to be associated with the crops you are growing......
IOBC Canada 2017 Meeting – Integrated Control in Protected Crops, Temperate Climate

International biological control industry gathers in Canada this year

The International Organization of Biological Control Western Palearctic Region (IOBC-WPR) invites you to join their next meeting that will be held June 4-8, 2017 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.The event organized by the Greenhouse IPM Working Group, welcomes, every three years, over 100 biocontrol.....

Canada: Presidio Fungicide registered for greenhouse ornamentals

Flowers Canada Growers announces that Presidio Fungicide is now registered for use on greenhouse and outdoor grown ornamentals. FCG would like to thank Valent Canada, Agriculture Canada and Health Canada for their assistance in supporting this new use. This registration was initially prioritized by FCG.....

Koppert introduces new functional labels and look

The growing global distribution and availability of Koppert Biological Systems products has made it important for this provider of biological solutions for horticulture and agriculture to have a stronger identity and recognizable look worldwide. Reason enough for Koppert to adapt the design and packaging of.....

Dramm receives the 100,000 pulsFOG

The Dramm Corporation has received the 100,000 pulsFOG produced by Dr. Stahl & Sohn, located in Germany.“It is a great accomplishment to know that pulsFOG has produced its 100,000 machine,” said Chairman Kurt Dramm. From left to right: Canada Sales Manager, Louis Damm; Chairman Kurt Dramm: CEO, Hans.....

Varroa mites jump from flowers to honeybees

Mites that infest honeybees may be blind with tiny brains, but make no mistake: When a bee sidles up next to them, they are surprisingly quick-footed.A study, published Dec. 12 in PLOS One, describes for the first time – and documents with video footage – how Varroa mites can nimbly jump from flowers onto.....

Cryptobug produces good results against mealy bug

The Canadian company Van Geest Bros. Limited was confronted with a very serious outbreak of mealy bug. However, Koppert Biological Systems's Cryptobug provided the solution, with a severely stunted crop saved and recovering well.Van Geest Bros. Limited is a family company specialized in the production of the.....

Mass insect migrations in UK skies

For the first time, scientists have measured the movements of high-flying insects in the skies over southern England – and found that about 3.5 trillion migrate over the region every year.Scientists recorded movement above radar sites in southern England and found large seasonal differences, with mass.....

US (KS): Rose rosette disease confirmed in Ellis County

A plant disease affecting popular varieties of rose bushes was identified in Ellis County late this fall, and Ellis County Extension is working to educate local gardeners about the illness and its symptoms.Rose rosette disease is a virus-like illness affecting only rose bushes. Symptoms include unusually.....

A sticky note on insect traps:

Yellow, blue or patterned, which roller trap should you pick?

Roller traps, or sticky tape is known to be a very efficient solution to control the pest problem inside greenhouses or indoor farms. Lately an increase in the use of the sticky tape can be seen, sometimes as an early preventative measure, or in pest ‘hot-spots’ and often as an alternative to standard sticky.....