August 23, 2010

Shepard Joins BioWorks As Inside Salesman

Ron Shepard has joined BioWorks in inside sales. Shepard graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in personnel and industrial relations. He previously worked for Sutherland Global Solutions, and most recently for Graphik Promotional Products as inside sales manager, customer service manager, and Northeast territory outside sales representative. His primary responsibility for BioWorks will be working to increase revenue by contacting new and existing customers and introducing them to the BioWorks line of products.  Shepard may be reached at the BioWorks office phone number: 585-924-4362 ext: 344.

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June 15, 2010

New Grant to Support IPM In Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania IPM program recently received a multi-year grant to continue its mission to reduce pesticide use in agricultural and urban settings. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institutes for Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA), will help Pennsylvania IPM further its extension and outreach efforts to promote integrated pest management practices that are economical and protect human health and the environment. The program will work in both rural and urban areas to provide technologies, resources and educational opportunities across the state. For specialty crops, PA IPM will continue to build on previous projects. The program will work with high-tunnel vegetable growers in Lancaster County to incorporate beneficial insects to control pests and reduces pesticide use. PA IPM will also work with Amish and Mennonite growers about using an IPM approach to manage pests. The Pennsylvania IPM program is a collaboration between Penn State University and the Pennsylvania […]

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March 18, 2010

Battle Of The Bugs

Interest in alternative pest control strategies seems to come and go based on the efficacy of the products currently available to growers. But when their tried and true formulations stop working, there’s a collective scramble to find out what else can be used to manage pest populations. The Pest & Production Management Conference hosted by the Society of American Florists and Greenhouse Grower in Orlando, Feb. 25-27, was the place to be to get the most current information. Growers also are pursuing alternative methods to help with their sustainable and organic certification initiatives. They want to gain experience with what really works before they abandon or supplement traditional control products. Margins are not forgiving enough for crop failures. Experimenting With Essential Oils Raymond Cloyd and his students at Kansas State University have been testing the efficacy of essential oils derived from plants for pest control. The oils are harvested through […]

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March 16, 2010

A Step Forward For Pesticide Safety Training

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), of course, requires all greenhouse operations using pesticides to train workers in their native language about safety. For years, growers have trained their employees by popping in short videos that meet the safety standards. But growers in Virginia are taking pesticide safety training a step further by welcoming a bilingual pesticide trainer from the Telamon Corporation to their operations for more hands-on instruction. “Our service goes a step beyond,” says Nicholas Zetts, the pesticide safety trainer for Telamon. “We offer an informal classroom setting and you have interaction with a trainer–and it’s bilingual. You’re going over information workers understand. They’re also now free to ask questions to the trainer. And it’s a completely free service. “When you’re watching a video, no one is there to assist you.” Zetts’ pesticide safety training sessions range from as short as 45 minutes to as long as two hours. […]

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March 2, 2010

Molt-X: BioWorks’ New Insecticide

BioWorks has added a botanical insecticide, Molt-X, to its product line. Molt-X was recently EPA approved and it has multiple modes of action to provide broad-spectrum control over pests like aphids, whiteflies, thrips, mealybugs, scales, plant-parasitic nematodes and others.   Molt-X works primarily as an insect growth regulator that disrupts the molting process in insects. Once treated with Molt-X, insects become sluggish, stop feeding and fail to mature and reproduce. Molt-X also acts as an insect repellent, antifeedant and ovipositional deterrent. These multiple modes of action make it a highly effective tool for use in a resistance management program.   Other key features of Molt-X are it: –Leaves no residue on plant foliage and flowers–Has no phytotoxicity issues on most plants–Is generally safe on beneficial insects and bees; and –Is compatible for tank-mixing/rotation with other registered inputs, including BotaniGard and SuffOil-X.  “This is an excellent compliment to our existing products,” […]

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February 16, 2010

All Aboard For Pest & Production Management Conference

The 26th annual Pest & Production Management Conference (P&PMC), presented by SAF and Greenhouse Grower, kicks off next week in Orlando with an added emphasis on plant production. The conference dates are February 25-27. Historically, the conference has honed in on pest management strategies–and the P&PMC will continue to focus on pest management–but production topics like water quality, plant growth regulator use and alternative substrates will be addressed in educational sessions over a two-day period. Reasons to attend this years conference are to: –Discover new bio-control options–Learn how to use less costly substrate materials–Examine better water quality testing and treatment options–Learn faster disease diagnosis techniques and containment options–See new tools, products and techniques–Network with industry experts–Find out what’s working for other growers Growers are welcome to attend an optional growing operations tour next Thursday, February 25. An additional $50 fee applies but growers get the opportunity to tour greenhouse operations […]

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February 2, 2010

Kontos Held Up In Court

SAF is urging growers to contact the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before February 8 and ask the agency to allow the continued production and use of Kontos insecticide, pending a new registration. Kontos is manufactured by Bayer Crop Science and distributed by OHP. It’s used to control adelgids, aphids, leafhoppers, mealybugs, psyllids, spider mites, spittlebugs and whiteflies. It was approved for ornamentals in greenhouses, nurseries and interiorscapes by the EPA in August 2008. A recent court order, however, requires re-registration and could prevent use of supplies growers already have on hand. EPA intends to issue a cancellation order for the insecticide as a result of a U.S. District Court decision in December, when the court ruled that the EPA’s failure to provide an opportunity for comment on registration applications vacates the registrations of that chemical. Even though EPA had approved the applications for Kontos, the registration will no longer be […]

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January 28, 2010

New Formulation For Greenhouse Insect Control

Central Life Sciences recently announced the availability of Enstar AQ, a new formulation containing the active ingredient (S)-Kinoprene that targets a variety of ornamental plant insects in greenhouses, shadehouses, lath houses and interiorscapes.   Enstar AQ prevents the larvae of whiteflies, aphids, glassy-winged sharpshooters, thrips, scales, mealybugs, leaf miners and fungus gnats from completing their lifecycles. When adult female insects come in contact with Enstar AQ, they begin laying sterile eggs.   “Enstar AQ offers the greenhouse grower an improved tool in eliminating some of the most damaging insects they face,” says Mark Taylor, business manager in the company’s Professional Agriculture Division. “This new, fast-acting Enstar AQ formulation provides an economical and effective solution that has a low phytoxicity profile.”   Enstar AQ is compatible with commonly used greenhouse and nursery adulticides like Mavrik Aquaflow insecticide, and its long-term quality control helps prevent insects from causing future infestations. Low phytoxicity […]

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January 25, 2010

New Registration & Label For Safari In California

The California label for Valent Professional Products’ Safari 20 SG insecticide has expanded to include a basal trunk spray application method. Additionally, a 2 percent granular formulation of Safari has also been registered for use in California. A super-systemic neonicotinoid with quick uptake and knockdown of a broad spectrum of invasive pests, including problematic pests like whiteflies, Asian citrus psyllid, mealybugs, soft and armored scale, Safari also provides applicators with unmatched flexibility, ease of application and residual control. Now available for use in California in two formulations, Safari can be applied as a basal trunk spray, soil drench, soil injection, foliar spray or granule. Safari 20 SG Already available for use in California as a foliar spray, soil drench or soil injection, an amendment to the existing registration in California now permits use of Safari 20 SG as a basal trunk spray. Safari 20 SG is labeled for use in […]

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January 23, 2010

Making The Case For Pesticide Use

Those of us who study issues related to ornamental plant production are well aware of the trend or demand toward reducing pesticide (insecticide and miticide) use based on the concerns associated with harmful effects to humans, animals, water and the environment. Federal and state laws or regulations limiting the number and types of pesticides available to greenhouse producers have challenged the ornamental industry, and ongoing reviews of pesticide classes like the pyrethroids and neonicotinoids may further limit the number available in the future. Our industry, however, can make a good case for the appropriate and proper use of both conventional and alternative pesticides in greenhouse production systems where alternative pest management strategies may not result in a saleable crop. Need For Quality First, it is critical a quality crop be produced to successfully compete in the global marketplace. The value and quality of the crop are based on aesthetics, and […]

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January 14, 2010

Bio-Controls & Thrips Management

Scott Ludwig, Extension program specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension Service, is a presenter and organizer for Pest & Production Management Conference. Recently, he answered a few questions about the February 25-27 Orlando conference and offered a preview of his presentation on bio-control organisms and thrips management. Educational sessions at Pest & Production Management Conference are shorter this year than past years. There are also breakout sessions at this year’s conference. What’s the advantage for attendees? Last year Jim (Bethke), Cristi (Palmer) and I decided to make changes to how the conference program was organized. Instead of having a single speaker cover one topic in 60 minutes, we thought having shorter sessions would keep the program more lively. This enabled us to also have multiple speakers coving different aspects of the same topic. For example, this year we have Mary Hausbeck and Paul Fisher both addressing pathogens in water. The shorter […]

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