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.
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.
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, […]
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.
July 8, 2013
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.
June 10, 2013
OHP Adds Greenhouse Vegetables To Shuttle O Label
Production ornamental growers may now use Shuttle O Miticide from OHP on fruiting vegetables grown in greenhouses for control of a wide variety of mites. The new labeling allows for use on greenhouse-grown fruiting vegetables including eggplant, groundcherry, pepino, pepper, tomatillo and tomato. “We are excited about the label expansion to include greenhouse vegetables,” says OHP Vice President and General Manager Terry Higgins. “With more ornamental operations growing vegetables or vegetable transplants, they now have another tool to fight mites.” Shuttle O offers rapid knockdown of mites, Reduced Risk classification, activity on all life stages, long residual control, a unique mode of action and is soft on beneficial insects. “With these features, Shuttle O is a product for today and tomorrow,” says Dan Stahl, OHP vice president of marketing and business development. “Its unique mode of action [MOA #20B] makes Shuttle O an ideal product for an IPM program.” Shuttle […]
April 9, 2013
California Spring Trials 2013: Armitage Says It’s Time To Get Serious About Biocontrols
Allan Armitage says it’s time for growers to stop finding reasons why biocontrols won’t work in their operations and take steps to incorporate more sustainable products and methods into their overall crop protection programs.