Crop Protection
Dealing with the Japanese Beetle: what are a grower’s obligations? This beetle has a varied appetite, feeding on more than 300 different plant species, including many important ornamentals.
“I find it fascinating how many solid arguments could be made that would speak strongly in favour of the safe use of pesticides, once we learn about the chemistry, the biology, and the history of chemical pest control. It also fascinates me that we hear so few of these arguments in public discourse.”

“A Japanese Beetle Management Plan is a document that lists how the greenhouse facility will meet all the criteria necessary for the certification program applied for. It may seem like a lot of work, but when looked at closely, it can be done fairly quickly.”

Biological control of whitefly in poinsettia – can trap plants help?  Research on this pest management tool in greenhouse production is expanding
Possible interactions among biocontrols for fungus gnats.  Simultaneous release of several biocontrols that occupy the same niche could have a negative effect
Fungicide resistance pressures.  Often the risk very much depends on the chemical class to which it belongs

Noted Australian poet C.J. Dennis (1876-1938) penned an agricultural version of “The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.” It’s as whimsical as it is thought provoking, and illustrates the complexities of pest management. (Editor's note: At the very least you’ve been forewarned, should your crop scout ever bring you the news: “You’ve got Grimble Grubs…”)

Setting Minor Use priorities at annual Ottawa conference.  New products are discussed, contacts made,
and pesticides of future interest identified
Managing pesticide resistance in whiteflies

Assessing the resistance shown by American serpentine leafminers

Greenhouse cucumber growers could soon have more help in dealing with powdery mildew.
Avoiding resistance.  We need to maintain the susceptibility of pests in order to prolong the useful life of pesticides.
Research not just for researchers.  There’s no secret handshake, and to some extent every grower is already involved

The software allows growers to record and review pesticide and beneficial insect application events. Many parameters of each application can be recorded for immediate use or for future evaluation.
Being keen on clean.  Many pests and pathogens can survive poor conditions for a long time
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