January 18, 2011

Previewing The Pest & Production Management Conference

The 2011 Pest and Production Management Conference (P&PMC), being held Feb. 24-26 in San Diego, Calif., is designed to show growers new ways to increase crop quality and yield, help lower production costs and prevent the spread of pests and diseases in their greenhouses. To help growers get the answers they need, the Society of American Florists (SAF) has put together 20 educational sessions. Session topics range from new diseases, light and temperature management and downy mildew to new bacterial diseases, plant growth regulator research and plant movement quarantine case studies. A range of speakers will take part in the conference, as well, including Michigan State University’s Bridget Behe, the University of Florida’s Paul Fisher, Ann Chase of Chase Horticultural Research and the University of California’s Steve Koike. View a full list of session topics and speakers. A growing operations tour is also an option for interested growers. The Thursday, […]

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January 14, 2011

Facts About Major Greenhouse Pests

A Kansas State University entomologist has published a series of fact sheets on management of major insect pests in greenhouses and nurseries. Written by Raymond Cloyd, a specialist in ornamental entomology and integrated pest management, these two- to eight-page publications cover biology and damage, scouting, cultural and physical management, insecticidal and biological control of common pests. They also provide insight into the importance of dealing with pests holistically instead of solely relying on insecticides. Fungus Gnats Major insect pests in greenhouses and nurseries, they are one of the few insect pests in which the damaging life stage, the larva in this case, is located within the growing medium. (MF-2937) Broad and Cyclamen Mites These mites feed on plants in more than 60 plant families, including houseplants, flowers, strawberries and vegetables. (MF-2938) Bulb Mites Bulb mites feed on plants in the lily family, such as amaryllis, crocus, freesia, gladiolus, hyacinth, lily, […]

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December 13, 2010

Pesticide Free Certification To Include Ornamental Plants

Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) has expanded of its Lab Tested and Certified Pesticide Free program to include ornamental plants. Historically, the certification has helped vegetable and fruit growers offer their customers products that meet the highest levels of safety. The expansion of this certification allows horticultural producers to assure their customers that their flowering and ornamental plants are of the highest quality and safe for their homes and gardens. The Pesticide Free Certification provides the same measure of safety consumers receive when they purchase certified fruits and vegetables. Growers can use certification to demonstrate to retailers that they meet increasingly stringent safety requirements. “We conduct pesticide testing that exceeds government requirements so our clients have the highest confidence in assuring retailers that their products are safe,” says Wil Sumner, director of agricultural testing & certification at SCS.

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November 11, 2010

Pest Confirmed As Present In 13 States

In May, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) notified the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) about an interception of Duponchelia fovealis larvae in a nursery shipment from San Diego County, Calif. Since then, APHIS and State Departments of Agriculture have confirmed the presence of Duponchelia fovealis in 13 states, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington. Duponchelia fovealis originated in southern Europe and North Africa and can be found in the environment. It is, however, considered a greenhouse pest. The moth’s dispersion is natural, and it is not very cold tolerant. Duponchelia fovealis has a wide range of host plants, including peppers, pomegranates, aquatic plants, bedding plants and nursery stock. APHIS, in partnership with the affected states, plans to examine the regulatory status, options, and next steps, including federally recognized state managed phytosanitary options such as official control […]

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September 1, 2010

SePRO Insecticide Targets Western Flower Thrips

SePRO Corporation’s new Hachi-Hachi insecticide has been approved by the U.S. EPA for use in the U.S. commercial ornamental greenhouse market. Hachi-Hachi contains the active ingredient tolfenpyrad, which is a new broad-spectrum insecticide with a unique mode of action against target insect pests, specifically Western flower thrips. Research trials with Hachi-Hachi have demonstrated excellent control of thrips, aphid, scale, whitefly, leafhopper and lepidopteron insects. Hachi-Hachi is active on all life stages of most targeted insects. In addition, Hachi-Hachi has shown ovicidal and anti-feeding activity on these target insects. “SePRO and IR-4 research efforts with Hachi-Hachi have been ongoing since 2006 in the U.S. ornamental greenhouse market,” says Todd Bunnell, SePRO’s turf and ornamental research manager. “Results have proven Hachi-Hachi to be a very promising tool for growers due to its unique mode of action and by demonstrating no cross-resistance with existing insecticides.” Adds Roger Storey, SePRO’s vice president of the […]

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August 31, 2010

Amblyseius californicus Available In Breeding Sachets

Amblyseius californicus is now available in handy breeding sachets from Biobest that can be hung in the crop to obtain a more even spread and prolonged activity of the predatory mites.  These breeding sachets are available under the name “Californicus-Breeding-System.” Californicus-Breeding-System is packed per 500 sachets with a minimum of 100 predatory mites per sachet. One breeding sachet produces an average of 1,000 predatory mites over a period of four to six weeks. Amblyseius californicus can be used for both preventive and curative treatments in several vegetable, fruit and ornamental crops against various species of mites, including spider mites. For curative treatments Amblyseius californicus is often used in combination with Phytoseiulus persimilis (Phytoseiulus-System).   Learn more at Biobest.be.

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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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