June 12, 2014

4 Grower Tips For Success With Biocontrols

Try out these four tips from growers who have successfully implemented biocontrol programs in their greenhouses.

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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.

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June 1, 2014

Biopesticides: Here Today, Here To Stay

Biopesticides generally pose fewer risks than their chemical counterparts , making them a viable alternative for conventional and organic programs.

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As directed by EPA, the bee hazard icon appears in the Directions For Use for each application site for specific use restrictions and instructions to protect bee and other pollinators.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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May 8, 2014

How Cultural Factors Impact Fungus Gnat Populations

Cornell University researchers look at the impact cultural factors such as substrate amendments and substrate water-holding capacity have on fungus gnat populations.

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May 6, 2014

Cascade Cuts Gains International Network With Early Biocontrol Use

A journey just over the United States’ border led Cascade Cuts of Bellingham, Wash., to begin using biocontrols. Alison Kutz, owner of Cascade Cuts greenhouses, explains the challenges and opportunities brought about with biocontrol implementation.

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April 29, 2014

Industry Perspective: Systemic Insecticides And Bees: Are We Revisiting “Silent Spring”?

The impact of systemic insecticides on bees and other pollinators is not new phenomenon. Kansas State University Entomology Professor Raymond Cloyd says we, as an industry, need to work together to provide unbiased information that is based in sound science.

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March 25, 2014

Be Informed About Neonicotinoids And Pollinators

Four Star Greenhouse's Dennis Crum shares his thoughts on how ornamental greenhouse production fits into the debate on neonicotinoids and pollinators.

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