Crop Protection
April 20, 2015, Vineland Station, Ont. – Floriculture growers have a new IPM tool.
Having recently changed jobs and cities, I’ve been thinking a lot about dealing with “newness.” Specifically, how do you keep the old parts of your life that you cherish (friendships, projects) going, while still keeping yourself open for new opportunities?
May 2015 – Every sector of the greenhouse industry, whether it is flowers or vegetables, knows that we have to get away from using chemicals, for the undisputable reason that this is what the consumer demands.
March 30, 2015, Washington, DC and Columbus, OH – The Horticultural Research Institute, in collaboration with AmericanHort, Society of American Florists, and the American Floral Endowment, have created an educational video that provides information on the horticultural industry’s essential role in bee and pollinator stewardship.
March 24, 2015 – Good thrips management starts with cultural controls.
March 23, 2015, Toronto – Ontario is taking the strongest action in North America to protect bees, birds, butterflies, and other pollinators by proposing new rules that would reduce the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seeds by 80 per cent by 2017.
March 5, 2015, Toronto – Ontario’s proposal to restrict bee-killing pesticides received an overwhelmingly positive response from the public.
Jan. 14, 2015, Vineland, Ont. — Successful biocontrol programs are dependent on a number of factors, but good quality natural enemies are fundamental.
Dec. 10, 2014, Leamington, Ont. — Plant Products has welcomed four new staff members.
Nov. 27, 2014, Toronto — Ontario is taking action to strengthen bird, bee, butterfly and other pollinator health to ensure healthy ecosystems, a productive agricultural sector, and a strong economy.
Nov. 5, 2014, Loudon, N.H. – Pleasant View Gardens will no longer be using neonicotinoid insecticides in its liner production.
 
“While data is conflicting as to neonicotinoids’ impact, we are sensitive to consumer awareness of their use,” says company president Henry Huntington.

“We were actually using so few neonicotinoids in our production that the decision required very little change.”
 
With an integrated IPM and scouting program in place, Pleasant View will be able to effectively keep any insect population under control using traditional practices.

Additional existing efforts including the use of beneficial insects in ornamental grass production also go toward effective controls.
 
“This is something we’re happy to do for our customers, to help them appeal to their customers,” says Huntington.
Sept. 8, 2014, Jokioinen, Finland — Greenhouses have improved the possibilities of greenhouse whiteflies invading wild regions in the boreal region, a new study finds.
One of the oft-cited, but probably unjustified, grower objections to trying biological control for the first time is “cost.”
Western Flower Thrips (WFT) is one of the most common and major pests in the cut flower and greenhouse vegetable industry.
Just as a forewarning, some of the technical information that follows may seem a little daunting, and the story is quite complex

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