Steinernema carpocapsae

November 19, 2013

4 Keys To Biocontrol Success

Biocontrol use in greenhouse pest control is increasing as more growers understand the differences from traditional chemicals and unique requirements for the best results. Here are four keys to keep in mind when implementing a biocontrol program in your greenhouse.

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Aphidoletes aphidomyza biting an aphid on the leg.

November 19, 2013

4 Beneficial Insects You Need To Know For Greenhouse Aphid Control

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

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November 15, 2013

The Centennial Edition Crop Protection Handbook Is A Reliable Reference

The 2014 Edition of the MeisterPro Crop Protection Handbook is the largest and most comprehensive in its long history of providing comparisons of products and cross-referencing brand names to active ingredients.

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November 5, 2013

Integrated Pest Management Webinars Now Available On-Demand

MSU Extension is now offering Integrated Pest Management Academy Online, a series of online prerecorded webinars. Commercial and private core pesticide recertification credits are available for Michigan applicators.

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Two-spotted spider mite infestation on rose bud

November 4, 2013

Advice For Successful Mite Management

Use these tips to achieve successful mite control, whether using traditional controls or predatory mites.

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November 4, 2013

Prevent Migration Of Pests Into The Greenhouse With Weed Prevention

When a greenhouse grower applies a systemic insecticide to control whitefly with no effect, Ray Cloyd suggests that weeds around the greenhouse may be the problem. In this episode of FloriCAST, check out ways to prevent insects from migrating into greenhouses.

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October 8, 2013

Thrips Biological Control

Take a look into the common biological control agents used to manage thrips in greenhouses and how to apply them in this episode of FloriCAST.

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September 9, 2013

Biological Controls: Does Your Operation Have The Right Mindset To Make The Switch?

Growers need to be in the right mindset when it comes to using biological controls successfully. Ron Valentin of Biobest says if you’re asking these two questions about biocontrols, you’re still not ready to make the switch.

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September 3, 2013

Neonicotinoid Insecticides And Bee-Decline: Association Effort Addresses The Issues

To help you answer questions that will undoubtedly arise following the unfortunate and accidental bee-kill that happened in Oregon this past June, our floriculture industry associations have produced a letter and a frequently asked questions document you can use. Some groups have called for the prohibition of neonicotinoid insecticides, and in many cases they are trying to identify the use of these insecticides as the sole cause for Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) of European honeybees.The phenomenon, sometimes referred to by the more general term, Bee Decline, occurs when worker bees do not return to their hive after foraging. Recent reports by the USDA and EPA suggest that the cause of CCD is likely much more complicated than any one factor. The new documents developed by ANLA, OFA and SAF attempt to shed additional light on this difficult issue by recognizing the importance of protecting our environment and our pollinator population, […]

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September 3, 2013

How To Manage Mealybugs In The Greenhouse

A mealybug outbreak can be very frustrating for growers because managing these pests is very difficult. Mealybugs are nearly impervious to most insecticides because they have a protective wax covering. Adult females, egg sacs (ovisacs) and some species of older nymphs have this waxy covering. Read more about the challenges of dealing with mealybugs and control and insecticide management advice in this Tech Tip from Syngenta Flowers.   

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August 5, 2013

Leaching Out Systemic Insecticide

Not getting the control you should be with systemic insecticide? In this episode of FloriCAST, learn about how systemic insecticides work and how to use them properly to help improve their efficacy.

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