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Crop protection


Configure application tips

We’re coming up on the season for Configure (BA, Fine Americas, Inc.) applications on the crops that need additional branching. So, it’s a good time to remind you of some key points in making those spray applications.by Joyce LatimerKey points for applying ConfigureMake sure that liners/plants are actively.....

Claudia Külling, Servaplant:

"Plant-aphid combination is the solution"

There are biological solutions for all kinds of diseases. That is the firm belief of Claudia Külling of Servaplant, a Dutch company dedicated to these solutions. She also sees that the Netherlands is certainly not a forerunner when it comes to organic and sustainable solutions. "Chemicals are still widely.....

OHP signs marketing agreement with Vestaron

OHP, a marketer of crop protection solutions for the production ornamentals market, announces a new partnership with Vestaron Corp. of Kalamazoo, MI.Under the terms of the agreement effective immediately, OHP will market Spear O, a greenhouse bioinsecticide that controls thrips, whiteflies, and spider mites,.....

Refit evaluation of EU crop protection legislation

The following EU legislation is under review, Stockbridge reports:Regulation 1107/2009: lays down rules and procedures for the approval of active substances and authorisation of plant protect products (PPPs). PPPs must contain active substances approved at EU level. Before PPPs can be marketed in the EU they.....

Using beneficial nematodes

Beneficial nematodes are an easy way to begin a biocontrol program in greenhouses. Beneficial nematodes (Steinernema feltia) are best applied as a media drench to target the fungus gnat larvae. Treat as soon as possible (2 to 3 days) after sticking cuttings, planting plugs or starting seeds.Storage and.....

Overhead costs: aphids

"At the Northeast Greenhouse Conference in early November, 2016 with calls for new 'out of the box' thinking I suggested growers might sell aphid-infested plants as 'ladybug-ready,' value-added to help attract and maintain these desirable beneficial predators in residential landscapes," Dan Gilrein writes......

Xylella fastidiosa arrives in Spain

After causing the destruction of 1 million olive trees in Italy, the bacterium has reached Spain and spreads across the Balearic Islands.The Balearic Islands, with 20,000 hectares of almond trees, 10,000 of olive trees and around 2,000 of vineyards, has already declared a hundred of positive cases in the.....

How to recognize and prevent Pythium

Of all the root rot pathogens, Pythium is the most common problem that growers experience. Pythium consists of approximately 125 different species, not all of which are plant pathogens, and is found in almost every environment.Most pathogenic Pythium species have a large host range across most greenhouse and.....

US (ME): Maine land trusts, nurseries agree on invasive plant ban

Land trusts and nurseries are applauding a move by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to prohibit the sale and distribution of 33 invasive plant species.“The plants on this list have invaded farms, fields, forests and wetlands throughout the state,” Walt Whitcomb, commissioner of.....

Technical advice from Wageningen University

Upscaling and formulation of BCAs in Ethiopia

A recently released report from Wageningen University contains information about mass production of bacterial isolates of Bacillus and Pseudomonas, as well as entomopathogenic fungi Beauveria and Metarhizium. These organisms have been isolated from soils in Ethiopia and are used as a biological control.....

Environmentally-friendly pest control strategies potentially conflicting

If used in the wrong combination, environmentally and health-friendly pest control strategies might actually increase crop pest populations. A new European research project, led by UvA researcher Merijn Kant, will put this counter-intuitive idea to the test.Pests on agricultural crops can be a serious.....

Alexandria Clark, Van Belle

What is Integrated Pest Management?

Integrated Pest Management. To those who don’t know what these words mean, it can seem daunting, overly complicated and downright confusing. So what exactly does Integrated Pest Management mean? Alexandria Clark of Van Belle Nursery explains:"Integrated Pest Management, or IPM (which is less of a mouth.....

Paul A. Thomas, University of Georgia

Diagnosing greenhouse leaf margin issues

Leaf margin issues are common and occur across many crops that growers often just brush them off as part of the growing process. In truth, they indicate issues that can lead to bigger problems going forward, and may themselves cause huge headaches as the crop matures. We review a list of causes for you to.....

US (FL): Miami customs keeps flowers pest-free

Flowers are the most popular gift item during Valentine’s Day celebrations, but they could also be the hiding place for dangerous insects and diseases. U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) highly trained agriculture specialists at Miami International Airport spend numerous hours inspecting cut flower.....