Crop Protection
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
May 1, 2014, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K. — Bombarding pests with smells from many different plants temporarily confuses them and hinders their ability to feed, new research has shown.
It is safe to say that nearly all greenhouse growers began to encounter Botrytis grey moulds or blights at the start of their careers.
On Jan. 16, 2013, Ryan Cramer posted a notice: “Just a heads up to all cucumber growers, we have recently found and confirmed with a virus scan that we have Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV) at County Fresh Farms … This puts all cucumber growers in this area at risk.”
Jan. 30, 2014, Wageningen, the Netherlands – By 2023 all EU member states must be complying with more stringent guidelines related to Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
Pythium damping-off and pythium root and crown rot diseases are among the most economically important plant diseases that affect horticultural crop production.
Want to get more out of your chemical controls? Start by taking more time to review the label.
Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN), or nematodes that cause disease in insects, have the potential to play an increasingly important role in pest management programs in greenhouse crops.

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