July 12, 2014
Watch Neonicotinoids: Cutting Through the Clutter Live Right Now!
Date: Saturday, July 12 10:45 am – 11:30 am Location: Ballroom 2 Speakers: Joseph Bischoff, PhD, Lin Schmale http://bit.ly/1nhJdQQ Description: Much has been written and is being circulated about the impact that neonicotinoid insecticide use could be having on pollinator populations. Because not all the questions yet have sound scientific answers, too much of what is being written is based on hearsay, innuendo, and fear. Now, some local and a few state bodies are weighing restricting neonicotinoid insecticide use. Joe and Lin will present the facts as research has demonstrated them and how to use the neonics effectively and responsibly with minimal non-target effects. This session is open to all attendees. This session may be eligible for pesticide recertification credit. Tracks: Greenhouse, Hot Topics, Landscape, Nursery Speakers: Joseph Bischoff, PhD, Regulatory & Legislative Affairs Director AmericanHort
June 10, 2014
Recommendations For Control Of Thrips From Michigan State University Extension
In some greenhouses, western flower thrips are becoming more difficult to control due to high levels of resistance to some insecticides. Be sure to always rotate the modes of action of pesticides.
June 1, 2014
Bachman’s Takes Steps Toward Pollinator Preservation
Bachman's, a wholesale nursery and retail business based in Minnesota, has taken measures to address the steady decline of bees and other pollinators, including eliminating the use of neonicotinoids in some of its own production.
May 20, 2014
Bee Colony Loss May Lessen If Beekeepers Treat For Varroa Mites, Survey Shows
U.S. beekeepers lost more than a fifth of honey bee colonies this past winter — fewer than the winter before. Research shows there are fewer losses among beekeepers who carefully treat their hives to control a lethal parasite called the Varroa mite.
May 15, 2014
Protecting Bees Through Informed Pesticide Choices
To demonstrate good environmental stewardship, growers need an understanding of the issues presenting risks to bees and of strategies to minimize the risks. Knowing where to find key product information and how to interpret it can help growers make sound choices regarding the application of effective products.
May 10, 2014
The Pesticide And Pollinator Debate: What’s All The Buzz About?
Dr. Joe Bischoff, AmericanHort's director of regulatory and legislative affairs, says it is important that we are informed and prepared to talk about the issue of pesticides, pollinators and the overarching concerns of bee health in a calm and clear manner. This is a topic where emotions can run high, and part of our role should be in explaining the need for balance and scientifically based solutions.