February 19, 2014

Pork & Plants Uses Biocontrols To Maintain Effective Pest Control

Co-owner Maria Kreidermacher explains how biocontrols became a necessity, what growers should look for in suppliers and how to go about assimilating them into application methods.

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February 14, 2014

AzaGuard Label To Include Hydroponic Applications For Improved Insect Control In Water

BioSafe Systems announced that AzaGuard is now labeled for hydroponic applications. The hydroponic application would control the immature stages of foliar and soil-borne insects in hydroponic systems. It is helpful for growers who are looking for a way to effectively treat larvae and nymphs in the water.

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January 22, 2014

BotaniGard Provides Biological Insect Control

BotaniGard biological insecticide controls whiteflies, thrips and aphids — even resistant strains.

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January 22, 2014

FMC’s Aria Insecticide Controls Greenhouse Pests

Aria insecticide from FMC controls greenhouse pests including aphids, thrips and whiteflies.

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January 22, 2014

Nufarm Offers Engulf Insecticide For 2014

Engulf is a new insecticide from Nufarm that provides mite control using a new active ingredient. As a class 21A miticide, Engulf offers a rotation alternative with long-lasting, translaminar activity against all major species of mites.

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January 22, 2014

Nemasys And Millenium Beneficial Nematodes Provide Biological Insect Control

Nemasys and Millenium beneficial nematodes from BASF help provide biological control of fungus gnats, western flower thrips and shore flies.

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January 17, 2014

D.S. Cole Shares Its Experience Using Predatory Mites

D.S. Cole Growers has been having great success integrating a predatory mite release schedule with chemical controls to finally get the upper hand in the endless battle with spider mites.

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Retrofitting a leaf blower to distribute predatory mites in your greenhouse is effective and saves labor.

January 17, 2014

D.S. Cole Growers’ Six Tips For Releasing Predatory Mites

D.S. Cole Growers has been having great success integrating a predatory mite release schedule with chemical controls. Here’s advice from D.S. Cole’s propagation grower Steven Courcy on releasing predatory mites. 1. Start releasing predatory mites early. By having a population of mites roaming the plants you can eliminate problems before they get out of control. 2. Do not try to use beneficials to eliminate an existing infestation. By the time the predatory mites have established on the crop, you will have passed the damage threshold. It is better to apply a compatible miticide like Floramite or horticultural oil and then begin releasing predators. 3. Beware of chemical residues. Certain pesticides can have a long residual effect after application. For example, the entire organophosphate mode of action can kill predatory mites for up to 12 weeks after application. There are excellent resources for determining the compatibility of chemicals with each mite […]

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Spotted wing drosophilia. Photo credit: John Tann on Flickr

January 14, 2014

Pest Control Strategies Evolve With Genome Sequencing

Genome sequencing is being used to combat the spotted wing drosophilia (SWD), and could also be used to find control strategies for other pests.

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December 2, 2013

5 Beneficial Insects And Mites You Need To Know For Greenhouse Thrips Control

Thrips are a perennial problem in greenhouses everywhere, but biological control is an increasingly popular tool for greenhouse growers to manage these pests.

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Eretmocerus eremicus adult

December 2, 2013

4 Beneficial Insects And Fungi You Need To Know For Greenhouse Whitefly Control

Whitefly is a perennial problem in greenhouses everywhere, but biological control is an increasingly popular tool for greenhouse growers to manage these pests.

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