June 26, 2016
Michigan State University Offers Tips On Whitefly Management
Whiteflies are making headlines in Florida, but they are found across the U.S. Michigan State experts say it’s important to know how to manage each type of whitefly.
June 21, 2016
New Mode Of Action From BASF Offers Deeper Disease Control
When it comes to disease control, you need all the help you can get. BASF recently hosted growers, Extension personnel, and trade media to present its newest fungicide with two active ingredients, offering dual modes of action.
June 4, 2016
New Biocontrols Provide Effective Pest Control In Greenhouses
Biological chemistry manufacturers have introduced several new products recently that offer a range of insect and disease management options. Here’s a look at some of them.
June 2, 2016
Breaking News: Florida Growers Reporting Major Whitefly Management Problems
Reports have come from the Florida Keys to Palm Beach County that whitefly populations in landscapes are reaching unprecedented levels and are not responding to pesticide applications. Biotype-Q has been found in four different communities. University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Science researchers are working with USDA-APHIS, USDA-ARS, the Florida Department of Agriculture, and growers and landscape professionals to manage the developing problem.
May 24, 2016
OHP’s Triathlon Biofungicide Now Listed By The Organic Materials Review Institute
Triathlon BA is a broad-spectrum preventative biofungicide that provides control of many foliar and soilborne diseases in ornamentals and herbs.
May 19, 2016
Agro-K Expands Distribution In New England Through Partnership With Northeast Agricultural Sales
Agro-K, which manufactures conventional and organic foliar plant nutrients, will distribute its full line of foliar fertilizers and soil biological products through NEAG.
May 11, 2016
SePRO Launches Summer Insecticide Management Program For Ornamental Growers
The program is designed to help growers use SePRO’s insect management tools to prevent plant damage from a variety of pests.
May 5, 2016
How Nitrogen Influences The pH Of Your Growing Medium
In standard greenhouse fertilizers, nitrogen is supplied as ammonium, nitrate, or urea. Each of these three nitrogen sources, when taken up by plant roots, produces different chemical reactions with differing effects on the growing medium pH.
May 5, 2016
Three Factors That Can Impact The pH Of Growth Media
Water alkalinity, fertilizer, and plant species can each play a role in the pH of your growth media.
April 28, 2016
Holistic, Integrated Approach To Pest Control Rooted In Research
Greenhouse growers have been practicing integrated pest management for decades, but it’s becoming increasingly more important with the continued scrutiny of conventional pest control by a number of “regulators” — government, retail, and consumers. I just returned from Meister Media Worldwide’s Biocontrols USA 2016 Conference, in Monterey, CA, at the beginning of March this year, which served 450 attendees and 50 exhibiting supplier companies. It’s clear from the presentations and the growing attendance at this specialized event — now only in its second year — that use of biocontrols in IPM will continue to be adopted widely, as more growers get past their personal hurdles of doubt and intimidation, and embrace a new way to approach pest and disease control. Many growers think of using biocontrols as an all-or-nothing approach, but ultimately, IPM is about balance. Growers will need to continue to focus on IPM, integrating chemistry with biology, because […]
April 26, 2016
Fine Americas Offers A Digital Resource For Plant Growth Regulator Questions
The blog section of Fine America’s website is updated regularly, with input from both technical managers and independent researchers
April 26, 2016
Cicadas Set To Emerge In Several Eastern States This Spring
While there’s no immediate cause for alarm, experts say the cicada’s egg-laying process can damage woody ornamentals and make them vulnerable to diseases.
April 25, 2016
Plant Growth Regulator Use Can Affect Biological Pest Control
The use of plant growth regulators may negatively influence the outcome of biological control programs, according to researchers at North Carolina State University.
April 22, 2016
Beneficial Insectary Increasing Production Of Three Biocontrol Tools For Ornamental Growers
The company is now producing Orius insidiosus, Dalotia coriaria, and Dicyphus hesperus at its California facility, reducing the transit time of perishable biocontrols between producer and grower.
April 21, 2016
Nutrient Supply Makes A Difference In Soil Media Testing
Research from the University of Massachusetts highlights the differences approaches to soil media testing, and when to use them.