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.
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.
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.
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.
March 25, 2014
Biological Control Of Thrips With Orius Insidiosus
<i>Orius insidiosus</i> is a common biological control agent used to manage thrips. Iin this episode of FloriCAST, get a quick review of western flower thrips and how <i>Orius insidiosus</i> helps control them in the greenhouse.