November 10, 2015
3 Ways Battlefield Farms Has Become More Sustainable
Travis Higginbotham, research and development manager at Battlefield Farms in Rapidan, Va., discusses how the operation has adapted to crop protection challenges and programs it has implemented.
October 9, 2015
New Biochemical Miticide Is Designed To Combat Varroa Mites In Beehives
EPA recently registered Potassium Salts of Hops Beta Acids (K-HBAs), which is intended to fit into a rotation program to battle resistance.
April 14, 2015
Biocontrols Are Covered In Depth At Biocontrols 2015 Conference & Tradeshow
More than 400 growers, pest control advisers and certified crop advisers, researchers, government regulators and suppliers gathered in Fresno on March 3-5 for the Biocontrols 2015 Conference & Tradeshow. This event — a first of its kind focused solely on the use of biopesticides and other biocontrols — brought attendees together for an in-depth discussion on the latest tools available, “how-to” production topics, market trends and regulatory issues. Attendees also spent time with nearly 40 exhibitors learning about new technologies, techniques and services bringing biocontrols into the mainstream with growers all over the country. “Ours is a very economic and science-based business culture,” said Gary Schulz, the new CEO of the California Association Of Pest Control Advisers. “We encourage our pest control advisers (PCAs) to use all of the tools they have available, traditional chemicals, as well as many of the new softer materials including biopesticides and biocontrols.” Sessions covered […]
April 9, 2015
Survey Snapshot Shows Biocontrols Mainstreaming
Have you incorporated biocontrols into your greenhouse operation? If so, you’ve got plenty of company. An anonymous online survey by Greenhouse Grower magazine in December 2014 of more than 156 ornamental plant and flower growers across the U.S. found 81 percent used biocontrols in 2014.
March 31, 2015
Manufacturers Are Taking Biologicals To The Next Level
Through acquisitions and new products, many crop protection companies are making firm commitments to the future of the biocontrols industry.
January 28, 2015
Biocontrols 2015 Conference & Tradeshow: Peace Tree Farm’s Lloyd Traven On Lighting And Banker Plants
Lloyd Traven, a speaker at the upcoming Biocontrols 2015 Conference & Tradeshow, was one of the industry’s early adopters of biocontrols in the greenhouse. Traven, owner of Peace Tree Farm, is evangelical about the technology as an effective tool for resistance management, as well as improved plant quality that contributes to a grower’s bottom line.
June 27, 2014
Biocontrols Can Be Highly Effective With Serious Commitment Says Canadian Grower
Biocontrols can be very effective when the greenhouse operator makes a serious commitment to using them for integrated pest control. See how Parkway Gardens has successfully used biocontrols for the last nine years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]