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US (MD): Cucurbit downy mildew found in Dorchester County

Cucurbit downy mildew was confirmed on cucumber in Dorchester County, Maryland. This is the first report of CDM in the mid-Atlantic region this growing season. All cucumber growers are encouraged to add downy mildew specific fungicides to their weekly maintenance spray programs. All growers should scout.....

UK: Novel spore trap could revolutionise crop disease monitoring

An automated spore trap has been developed which could revolutionise disease monitoring in agricultural crops.The device, which was developed as part of an AHDB project led by Rothamsted Research, provides near real-time information on the presence of airborne spores and could potentially help farmers target.....
18 infections in total now

NL: Tomato chlorosis virus found at 7 more nurseries

The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) has, in the outbreak investigation of the Tomato Chlorosis virus (ToCV), found seven companies affected by the quarantine disease. With this, the investigation has been completed, Rob Hageman of the NVWA reports to Nieuwe Oogst. "But we continue to.....

"By using foil, gutters last longer"

“When cleaning during crop rotation the gutters are under a lot of pressure. This can damage the coating and is not something you would want to happen”, Piet van Oord of Oerlemans Plastic explains. Under the name of OPS gutter protection film, Oerlemans Plastic presented a foil to cover gutters in.....

UK: Early appearance of late blight raises concerns for tomato growers

A recent outbreak of Phytophthora infestans, or late blight, in UK tomato crops is likely to be a new strain of the disease, as symptoms have been seen early in the season on young plants.Some existing plant protection controls are proving ineffective due to the apparent aggressiveness of this strain. The.....

US: Beekeepers now earn as much from pollination as from honey

The essential role of honey bees (Apis mellifera) for crop pollination is well known in modern agriculture, but for most of human history honey bees were kept primarily for honey production.In 1988, pollination services—renting out bee colonies to pollinate certain crops—produced only a small share of.....

US (OH): Phytophthora blight reported in Huron County

Phytophthora blight was diagnosed last week in pepper plants from Huron County, Ohio. This is several weeks earlier than we normally see Phytophthora blight in northern Ohio, but heavy rains and periods of high temperatures likely contributed to an early appearance of the disease. Growers should scout both.....

New protection for SWD and other small insects

ScoringAg Polyester UV Covers are a physical barrier to insects and worms, preventing infection without sprays or poisons of any kind. ScoringAg Polyester UV Covers are strong and stretchy. They are made out of special woven polyester fiber which is patented and manufactured only for ScoringAg. The white.....

J Erik Fyrwald, CEO of Syngenta:

"High risk of food shortages without pesticides"

The world is likely to face food shortages within 20 years if pesticides and genetically modified crops are shunned, according to the head of the world’s biggest pesticide manufacturer.J Erik Fyrwald, CEO of Syngenta, also said the technologies to produce more food from less land are vital in halting climate.....

Jan Hardeman, Eurofins Agro:

"Check sanitizer regularly is a necessary measure"

Jan Hardeman, greenhouse horticulture specialist at Eurofins Agro: "More than half the samples we analyse to check the effectiveness of sanitizers turns out to have a high germ count."The germ count is a measure for the quantity bacteria and fungal spores present in the water. Hardeman bases himself on the.....

US: Pyrethrins and canola oil combine in new insecticide/miticide

OHP announces the immediate availability of a new biosolution, Pycana Insecticide/Miticide.Pycana is a unique combination product containing natural pyrethrins and canola oil that provides quick knockdown of many insects and mites including aphids, thrips, whiteflies, spider mites, leafhoppers, fungus gnats,.....

US (NC): AgBiome awarded multi-year grant for biological nematicide project

AgBiome has recently been awarded a multi-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the area of nematology. The project, entitled “Biological Nematicides for Root and Tuber Crops”, aims to discover and develop a microbial solution for smallholder farms in West Africa to manage yield-damaging.....

More European growers to benefit from anti-stress agent

Following extended collaboration between Biobest and Lallemand Plant Care, Bluestim − the anti-stress agent for plants − will be available to growers in France, Germany and Poland from June 1.“Developed by Lallemand Plant Care, Bluestim enhances crop performance under environmentally stressful.....

UK: New biorational herbicide for weed control in veg crops

With some key conventional herbicides under threat, vegetable growers are urged to gain experience of biorational alternatives by integrating them into weed control programmes.With conventional and long-standing herbicides, such as glyphosate and diquat, on increasingly shaky ground and new molecules.....

US: Protecting agriculture on the internet

While we are raising awareness about invasive pests during Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month, I wanted to share a bit about what I do every day to protect agriculture. When you picture someone on the front lines of stopping invasive pests, you probably picture someone outside – in a field or a.....
Mike Chapman, Horticulture New Zealand:

"Biosecurity intelligence team a good move"

Providing earlier warning of biosecurity risks by establishing a biosecurity intelligence team within government is a good idea, says Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman.In announcing the establishment of Biosecurity New Zealand today, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor also said that an.....

US: Strange mite pest found in high tunnel vegetables

Over the last three months a few early season high tunnel operations on the Eastern Shore were having problems with some of their seedlings and leaf crops. Crops like spinach would have ‘whitening’ and then browning and eventually dead margins of their leaves while seedlings would collapse. We found the.....

Scotts Miracle-Gro moves further into marijuana with $450 million deal

Scotts Miracle-Gro recently signed an agreement to purchase Sunlight Supply. The privately-held company is a distributor of gardening supplies, taking the No. 1 slot in the segment of U.S. hydroponics (goods used to grow crops in water, without soil). Scotts Miracle-Gro is paying a total of $450 million for.....

Pathogen profile: Sclerotium

Sclerotium is a fungal pathogen that can cause considerable crop damage, but it is more common in the warmer climates of the southern United States. It can be brought to the northern United States and Canada on infected plants grown in the southern regions.The most common species that attacks greenhouse.....

Bioline AgroSciences:

"Biological and integrated control are increasingly important"

Sustainability is increasingly at the centre of intensive agriculture and growers welcome innovation and good practices as they are interested not only in complying with regulations but also in following the healthy trends orientating the market. The added value provided by healthy sustainable products.....

BASF buys Bayer's vegetable seeds business for €1.7bn

In addition to the agreement signed in October 2017, BASF has signed an agreement to purchase further businesses and assets, which Bayer offered to divest in the context of its planned acquisition of Monsanto. The expanded scope includes Bayer’s entire vegetable seeds business, operating under the global.....

Controlling strawberry fruit rots

Fruit rots in strawberry can cause significant losses if not recognized early and controlled. The use of good cultural practices such as keeping fields weed-free and promoting good drainage, long crop rotations, and preventative fungicide applications are critical.Pathogens such as anthracnose, gray mold.....

US: Ag, food security enable national security

Why is the U.S. Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) interested in agriculture? Blake Bextine, Ph.D., a DARPA researcher, answered that question via a phone interview at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s Crop, Animal, and Food Tech Showcase at the Cotton Room in downtown.....

US (MI): 24c label for Spartan 4F on strawberry

The Michigan Department of Agriculture has approved a Special Local Needs (SLN) label, also known as a Section 24c label, for the use of Spartan 4F on strawberry. Strawberry is on the Spartan Section 3 label, but that label does not include use at renovation. Michigan had a similar 24c label previously, but.....

Biobest Maroc opens 2000 m2 production facility

Biobest announced the opening of a new €1.2 mio state-of-the-art production facility at Biobest Maroc. With the brand new 2000 m2 hyper modern vertical farming facility fully equipped with climate controlled rooms, the company substantially expands and improves its global capacity to produce aphid biocontrol.....

Jeremy Adamson joins Certis USA as Fungicide Product Manager

Jeremy Adamson has joined the biopesticide company Certis USA as Fungicide Product Manager. Adamson will direct and guide the U.S. marketing strategies for the company’s more than 10 fungicide brands. He will work in parallel with the Certis USA sales team to optimize product positioning, leverage.....

CAN (ON): Sterile insect technique promising against pepper weevil

Ontario’s greenhouse pepper growers are struggling to control a very problematic invasive insect, but have very few effective options. Pepper weevils are threatening the province’s $420 million greenhouse pepper industry – a high value crop that covers about 520 hectares (1,285 acres) in Ontario.by Jane.....

April 23-24, Paris

The impact of global change on plant diseases and pests in Europe

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES), in collaboration with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO), is organising a conference on 23-24 April 2018 in Paris. This two-day event will.....

Biocontrol in strawberry

Bring a swirskii army at fighting strength

In May and June growers may have to deal with a thrips peak. Preventative release of the predatory mite Amblyseius swirskii in combination with Nutrimite is an effective answer.Growers of everbearing strawberry varieties better bear in mind that the end of spring and the beginning of summer are ideal periods.....