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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Tom Costamagna

December 2, 2013

The Future Of Pest Control Is Traditional Chemistry, Biocontrols, Structures And More

Tom Costamagna is a progressive proponent of new crop protection techniques at the grower level, and he has the experience to back it up. We asked for his take on the future of greenhouse crop protection.

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Nemasys And Millenium Beneficial Nematodes from BASFm_Nematodes

November 19, 2013

Biocontrol Products For The Greenhouse

Whether you’re new to biocontrols or have an established program, finding new tools is important. Check out these latest bicontrol products available for your crop.

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Delphastus pusillus

November 19, 2013

5 Mistakes You May Be Making With Biocontrols

Starting a biocontrols program is a learning process and if there’s one thing for sure, it’s that you will make some mistakes. Here are five mistakes many growers encounter when they start with biocontrols.

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Encarsia formosa

November 19, 2013

Biocontrol And Pesticide Compatibility Resources

There are a number of resources readily available on the web to help you find compatible pesticides for your biocontrol program.

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