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US: Still a lot unclear surrounding chlorpyrifos ban

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered the EPA to remove chlorpyrifos from sale in the U.S. within sixty days. This ruling applies to all cropping systems and all products containing chlorpyrifos. Three judges reviewed the suit, known as League of United Latin American Citizens v. Wheeler, and the.....

US: Rose rosette disease confirmed in north Louisiana

New reports of rose rosette disease were recently confirmed in commercial landscapes in the Shreveport and Bossier City area.It is a devastating disease of roses and was first confirmed in Louisiana during fall 2015, said LSU AgCenter plant doctor Raj Singh.All rose cultivars are susceptible, including Knock.....

Canada to phase out outdoor use of two neonicotinoid pesticides

Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency is proposing to cancel all outdoor uses ofclothianidin and thiamethoxam. According to Health Canada, the two neonicotinoid pesticides are being measured at levels that are harmful to aquatic insects."Protecting the health and safety of Canadians and their.....

New Zealand: Successful partnership prevented establishment of new pest

MPI and affected industry GIA partners including TomatoesNZ have agreed to “stand down” the Poinsettia Thrips (Echniothrips americanas) investigation, after surveys found no further specimens.The “Unwanted Organism” was discovered in August 2017 in one Auckland greenhouse.This species of Thrips can feed on a.....

Ethiopia: IPM technical committee for horticulture sector established

A workshop on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) technical committee establishment for commercial horticulture crops (CHCs) was held on July 31, 2018 at Capital Hotel; with the objective to promote IPM in more practical ways within the horticulture sector in Ethiopian agriculture.Ethiopian Horticulture.....

"15 percent of pesticide products in Kenya are fake"

Farmers in Kenya are exposed to counterfeit pesticide products that are rampant in the market. This is according to Patrick Amuyunzu, Chairperson of the Agro-chemical Association of Kenya (AAK). AKK estimates that the country loses between 100-120 billion annually from the trade of counterfeit pesticides.....

UK: SCEPTREplus delivers new biopesticide

Protected ornamental growers in the UK now have access to a new biopesticide, FLiPPER, for the control of a range of pests.The authorisation for the product was sought by AHDB’s Minor Use team, in collaboration with Alpha Biocontrol and Fargro, following successful performance within SCEPTREplus, the crop.....

US (MA): Fusarium wilt of chrysanthemum

Fusarium wilt of chrysanthemum was diagnosed in the UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab. Chrysanthemums infected with Fusarium show symptoms of wilting and dieback, often on one side of the plant. Discoloration of the vascular system is often observed when the base of the stem is cut open.Fusarium wilt can.....

US (CA): Chlorpyrifos use down in Santa Barbara County

A comprehensive risk assessment of chlorpyrifos, a broad-spectrum pesticide used to eliminate pests from a variety of crops including many grown in northern Santa Barbara County, ended July 30 with the recommendation that the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) list the compound as a toxic.....
August 22, Portland

US (OR): Farwest Show to offer pesticide recertifcation classes

The 2018 Farwest Show will offer six pesticide credit classes for attendees including one by Kelly Vance from 8:30–9:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 22, in Room B119. Vance, an IPM specialist with Beneficial, will conduct the class with credit for pesticide recertification. Spanish translation will be.....

NL: Every day fresh predatory mites in the crop with Bugline 2.0

"The biggest advantage of the Bugline is an optimal spread of the predatory mites. Based on washes we count about 15 or 16 predatory mites per branch." That is what is told by Rick van der Lugt, manager at one of the two cultivation locations of chrysanthemum grower VDL Fleurs, in the video below.The Bugline.....

India: First whitefly attack on crops in Assam

Whitefly attacks have been reported in several villages of the Kamrup district in India, with agriculture scientists claiming it to be the first such phenomenon in the State in which vast stretches of vegetation have turned brownish-black.The pest was first reported in coconut in Belize in 2004, then in.....

US (MI): Pest management in fall aster production

The dog days of summer are here! We typically use that term to describe the time around late July and early August when daytime temperatures are the hottest of the year. This year, early July in southwest Michigan was scorching hot with temperatures a full 10 degrees Fahrenheit above average (or more!) in.....

US: Insect solutions guides available for ornamental growers

Syngenta has released three insect solutions guides to help greenhouse and nursery growers manage resistance while controlling whiteflies, thrips and aphids. The guides include susceptible crops, insect lifecycle details, as well as proven cultural and chemical recommendations for insect prevention and.....