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US (OH): MMJ Control program releases list of approved pesticides

Pursuant to rule 3796:2-2-01 of the Administrative Code, the Department of Commerce has developed a list of pesticides approved for use by licensed medical marijuana cultivators. As no pesticides are currently approved at the federal level for use on cannabis, the Department has conducted research on.....

Agriculture drives DuPont's sales and volume

DuPont is reporting strong first quarter results. The company's Agriculture sales were positively impacted by the change in timing of seed deliveries which benefited first quarter sales by approximately $140 million. This timing change benefited total company net sales by 2 percent in the quarter."Our team.....

UK: AHDB Horticulture Pest Bulletin returns for 2017

AHDB Horticulture’s popular Pest Bulletin is back for 2017 with new features and early forecasts. Additions to the bulletin this year include using UK and overseas information to predict infestations of diamond-back moth (DBM) and silver Y moth and more effectively. It follows exceptionally high levels of.....

Cornell research finds pesticides in honeybees' stored food

Honeybees – employed to pollinate crops during the blooming season – encounter danger due to lingering and wandering pesticides, according to a new Cornell University study that analyzed the bee’s own food.Researchers used 120 pristine honeybee colonies that were placed near 30 apple orchards around New York.....

Karin Tifft featured in urban Ag News:

Making integrated pest and disease management work

Regardless of whether growers prefer to use an integrated pest management (iPM) or integrated pest and disease management (iPDM) program, it won’t be successful if they don’t plan it out.“Ironically, one of the biggest misconceptions greenhouse growers have with controlling pests and diseases is actually.....

Ronald Guendel, Bayer:

"Secondary standards don’t make agriculture more sustainable"

The regulatory environment for food production in Europe is among the most stringent in the world. Some retailers have nevertheless developed secondary standards. These additional standards limit the use of plant protection products and disadvantage smallholder farmers without making agriculture more.....

Protecting by Collecting:

Video: CDFA’s collections of pests, weeds, other organisms help protect our food supply

VIDEO This video is part of CDFA’s observance of Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month throughout April. USDA, CDFA and organizations across the agricultural spectrum are reminding the public about the risks that invasive plant pests, diseases and harmful weeds pose to America’s crops and forests—and how.....

US: FarmTrade reports brisk agchem sales activity

FarmTrade.com reports excellent product availability and heavy buyer demand this season, according to FarmTrade President Jeff Stow. There is no cost to register as a member and members have free access to price ranges for more than eighty of the most highly traded active ingredients (AI) and their.....

South Africa: Emergency registration of Bb-Protec against FAW

Fall Armyworm (FAW, Spodoptera frugiperda) has recently invaded South Africa and has already been found on a number of different crops, including maize, sweetcorn, potatoes, sorghum, and vegetables.In response to a request from the South Africa Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF),.....

New study reveals pesticide peril in beehives

Honey bees provide critical pollination services for many agricultural crops. While the contribution of pesticides to current hive loss rates is debated, remarkably little is known regarding the magnitude of risk to bees and mechanisms of exposure during pollination.A new study shows that pesticide risk in.....

USDA releases annual plant protection report

The USDA Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) has released its 2016 Annual Report, outlining accomplishments from throughout the year.PPQ reports it achieved one of its top 10 goals: eliminating European grapevine moth from the United States. The agency also eradicated 10 fruit fly outbreaks in Texas,.....

American fruit smuggler sent home by NZ customs

An American traveller had her Easter visit to New Zealand cut short when she failed to declare a suitcase packed with fruit and vegetables to Christchurch biosecurity officers.Ministry for Primary Industries staff detected the goods during x-ray screening of the passenger’s bag after she arrived on a flight.....

A stepping stone to a career in biocontrol

Within the different BIOCOMES work packages, many young scientists are working on finding and improving biological control agents. Who are they, and what does the cooperation within BIOCOMES mean to them?Guendalina Barloggio (27) - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Switzerland‘At our institute I’m.....

Australia: Local residents help with tomato potato psyllid surveillance

Carnarvon and Geraldton residents have rallied to support their local horticulture industry by assisting surveillance efforts for the tomato potato psyllid.Department of Agriculture and Food Irrigated Agriculture regional director Mike Bowley said the psyllid was a destructive insect pest which fed on a.....

Insecticides for common greenhouse pests

In e-GRO Alert 6.07, Michigan State University Extension provided a table of insecticides that were labeled for fruiting vegetable crops. In the coming weeks, Dr. Roberto Lopez will provide a table of insecticides for leafy greens and herbs. A master list of these recommended insecticides was also published.....

Nutrition management for integrated control of plant diseases

Different biofertilizers and biostimulants are tested in Italy (AgriNewTech) and France (INRA) on tomato and grape against plant diseases in the framework of EUCLID research work carried out in WP1 – Optimisation and adaptation of current pest management methods and WP2 – Development of innovative pest.....

UK: Alternatives in the works for linuron

AHDB is reassuring growers alternative weed control solutions are in the pipeline following the loss of another important active.The recent decision not to renew authorisation of pre-emergence herbicide linuron could leave growers without an alternative chemical option.The EU-approved herbicide metobromuron.....

Canada: Third lawsuit over tainted MMJ

A third class-action lawsuit launched Tuesday over tainted medical marijuana raises new questions about Health Canada’s recent conclusion that patients who consumed products containing banned pesticides were unlikely to experience any adverse health consequences.A Nova Scotia man listed in the proposed suit.....

Officials discover second CGMMV case in Queensland

Biosecurity Queensland has confirmed another case of cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) in Bundaberg.The virus was found at a commercial cucumber greenhouse that has no links to the previous detection in four greenhouses in the region, or the previous case in Charters Towers.The detection was made.....

Biological Products Trade Association changes name, expands membership

The Biological Products Industry Alliance (BPIA), formerly the BioPesticide Industry Alliance, is the new name of the U.S.-based trade association representing the biological products industry. BPIA membership includes biological products manufacturers and marketers, distributors, food processors, growers,.....

HRI endorsed project progresses with FNRI funds

Alternative weed control method for greenhouse propagation

An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) horticulturist is exploring an alternative method for controlling weeds in greenhouse propagation systems by using steam or hot water to kill weed seeds.Dr. James Altland and his colleagues at ARS in Wooster, OH, with funding in part from the Floriculture and Nursery.....

Creating healthier plants by switching on genes

Acadian Plant Health (APH), a division of Acadian Seaplants Limited (ASL), announced the launch of their new platform technology during the 15th New Ag International Conference & Exhibition in Berlin, Germany.Acadian BioSwitch is an advanced technology used to create innovative plant health solutions. It.....

US: Velum One now registered in California & Arizona

Horticulture crops in California and Arizona can now be protected by Velum One nematicide, a wide-spectrum nematicide that increases root health and suppresses key diseases.“We’re excited to see Velum One go to work for growers in the key horticultural areas of California and Arizona,” said Joel Lipsitch,.....

Glyphosate not classified as a carcinogen by ECHA

ECHA's Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) agrees to maintain the current harmonised classification of glyphosate as a substance causing serious eye damage and being toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects. RAC concluded that the available scientific evidence did not meet the criteria to classify.....

Kris De Smet, Koppert:

"Scope for chemical crop protection becoming ever narrower"

Koppert has experienced rapid growth over the years. The company now employs more than 1,200 employees and has an office in 26 countries. Given the increasing global demand for sustainably cultivated products, Koppert still has wind behind its sails. The prospects of biological crop protection and.....

NZ: Grosafe to distribute Timorex Gold

Stockton STK who specialize in the development and marketing of botanical based bio pesticides, has signed a distribution agreement with Grosafe Chemicals in New Zealand for Timorex Gold. The product is currently available in the market to meet the late powdery mildew season in wine grapes.Timorex Gold has.....

Tomato potato psyllid discovered outside quarantine zone in Australia

In a significant blow to the vegetable industry in Western Australia the tomato potato psyllid has been found in three regional locations outside of the Perth quarantine zone.The Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) chief plant biosecurity officer, John van Schagen, said he now suspects the psyllid.....

Cryptobug-L replaces chemical treatment of mealybugs

Cryptobug-L is concerned with larval stages two and three of the predatory beetle Cryptolaemus montrouzieri. These larvae have a voracious appetite and are particularly successful at tackling mealybug hot-spots. For some crops, Cryptobug-L can replace the chemical treatment of mealybugs.The greedy larvae are.....

USDA announces $12.1M to support crop protection

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $12.1 million in available funding through the Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) Competitive Grants Program.“Pests, including insects and other arthropods, microbial pathogens, weeds, and.....

March 20, 2017

CAN (AB): Buglady's Suzanne Wainwright-Evans concludes HortSnacks Webinar series

The HortSnacks-to-Go 2016-2017 Webinar Series concludes on March 20, 2017, at 3 p.m. MT with Suzanne Wainwright-Evans of Buglady Consulting.“Suzanne has been working with biological control agents for nearly 20 years and is well known in the greenhouse industry,” says Dustin Morton, commercial horticulture.....

Banner year for online crop protection trade platform

FarmTrade.com, the online exchange for crop protection products, begins 2017 with steady growth after a record breaking 2016. FarmTrade was founded in 1998, under the name XSAg, changing its name to Farmtrade in the Summer of 2014.“We are thankful to our 100,000 members and clients for trusting us with their.....

US: Patent filed for honeybee delivery system

Bee Vectoring Technologies has filed a patent application with the US patent office for a system that allows the delivery of plant protection products to crops using commercial honeybees.There are an estimated 80 million commercial honeybee hives in use worldwide. The newly developed BVT system is compatible.....

Belgian agro-biotech company raises €11 million

AgroSavfe NV, a Belgium-based agro-biotech company, announced today that it extended its Series B financing round to €11 million.The funds will be used to accelerate the development of the Company’s novel Agrobodies as a new generation of biopesticides and to roll out the international registration.....

Jan Prins, Zijtwende International:

"Better marketing needed for biological crop protection"

Biological crop protection is still one of the best-kept secrets of the Dutch horticulture; and more could be done in terms of marketing of the sector. This is the view of Jan Prins, the director and owner of trading company Zijtwende International. His company is making efforts to bring about change in this.....

webinar, April 11

High glucosinolate mustard as an organic biofumigant

Join eOrganic for a webinar on April 11, 2017 on using high glucosinolate mustard as an organic biofumigant in vegetable crops. This webinar will take place at 2 PM Eastern Time, 1 PM Central, 12 PM Mountain, 11 AM Pacific Time. It's free and open to the public, and advance registration is required.Brassica.....
March 19-22, 2018, Baltimore

US (MD): International IPM Symposium seeking session proposals

Are you working on your concurrent session proposal for the 9th International IPM Symposium? Sessions may address any aspect of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) including research, extension, regulatory, policy and IPM in practice. For this event, the committee especially encourages proposals that address.....

UK: New AHDB app helps you to identify pests

AHDB Horticulture is launching a new app to help growers, supervisors and technical staff make quick diagnoses while out and about.The Crop Walkers’ Guide app is a user-friendly tool designed to accurately identify economically-damaging pests, diseases and disorders on tablets and smart phones. The app,.....

New DNA test available for fast Xylella fastidiosa detection

After the release of the Clavibacter (Cmm) AmplifyRP detection test, Agdia commercializes a rapid and user-friendly DNA test kit, based on their AmplifyRP XRT+ platform, for detection of Xylella fastidiosa (Xf).Xylella fastidiosa (Xf) is the causal agent of multiple crop diseases. Main crops affected by Xf.....

UK: AHDB announce new crop protection project

AHDB Horticulture has announced the launch of SCEPTRE+, a new £1.4 million, four-year programme of crop protection product trials, beginning this spring. The new work will target disease, pest and weed problems identified as high priorities in the new 2017-2020 horticulture strategy. These are recognised by.....

UN experts:

"Pesticides not vital in feeding the world"

The idea that pesticides are essential to feed a fast-growing global population is a myth, according to UN food and pollution experts.A new report, being presented to the UN human rights council on Wednesday, is severely critical of the global corporations that manufacture pesticides, accusing them of the.....

Demain la Terre adds new member, certifies new product

The Association Demain la Terre (Tomorrow for the Earth) has announced a new member the certification of a new product under the 'Demain la Terre' Charter.Picvert has joined the The Association 'Demain la Terras' its newest member.For the past 25 years, the Picvert company has grown thanks to the production.....

HortNZ launches stink bug offensive

This is the time of year that the brown marmorated stink bug is hitchhiking to New Zealand in luggage, packages, containers, machinery, vehicles, medical equipment, protein powder, roof tiles, and furniture. Even Barbie dolls aren't safe; you name it, it hitchhikes in it. "Native to China, Japan and Korea,.....

Australia: "CGMMV eradication will cost millions"

Andrew Youngberry established Eden Farms in Bundaberg 27 years ago, which is now one of the largest suppliers of continental cucumbers in the southern hemisphere.Despite already stringent biosecurity controls, cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) has been confirmed in cucumbers at four of his.....

"Self-sufficiency in balance as EU votes on Endocrine Disruptor criteria"

The EU’s ability to be self-sufficient was called in to question in a new report released by Steward Redqueen, carried out on behalf of ECPA. The report looked at the potential impact that the current Commission proposal, setting out criteria for Endocrine Disrupting properties, could have on the.....

UK: Crop protection evolving to meet future challenges

AHDB Horticulture’s Strategy Director has stressed the need for crop protection measures to adapt to ensure the UK’s horticultural crops are effectively protected in the long term.Speaking about the levy body’s new strategy at a Kettle Produce event – a major grower and supplier of fresh produce to the.....
July 12-13, Cape Town

Bioproducts gaining traction in South Africa

AgriBusiness Global Media announces the launch of its first Biocontrols Africa Conference & ExpoSM on 12-13 July, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa. Part of a global conference series devoted to the hands-on use of biocontrols and biostimulants, this conference will explore the successes and challenges of.....

UK: Amistar label changes for vegetable growers

New label approvals for Amistar has seen the addition of further salad crops and simplification of application timings for a wide range of brassica crops. Growers and agronomists should also be aware of label changes in a number of other vegetable crops.Syngenta Field Technical Manager, Simon Jackson.....

US: Which insecticides are labeled for greenhouse-grown vegetables?

Vegetable greenhouse growers should verify that their edible crops are on the insecticide labels when treating for insect pests. Use this handy 'cheat sheet' to determine which products are recommended for certain insect pests and are labeled for fruiting vegetable crops.by Heidi Lindberg, David Smitley, and.....

Brandt rolls out ten new pest management products

Brandt, a manufacturer of specialty products for the agriculture and turf markets, is expanding its pest management product line and rolling out ten new pest management products.Brandt’s pest management portfolio focuses on products that are sustainable and environmentally responsible. One of the key new.....

To stop fungi, target their ‘friends’

By itself, [the pathogenic fungus Rhizoctonia solani] is responsible for the turfgrass disease called brown patch, sheath blight within rice, root rot in sugar beets, and a host of other diseases found in soybeans, potatoes, and cucumbers, just to name a few.Scientists in Florida, while studying the effects.....

"US ag still using antibiotics causing resistance to life-saving medicines"

A new report identifies antibiotic use in conventional plant and animal agriculture as contributing to bacterial resistance to critical life-saving human medicines and the importance of organic agriculture in eliminating antibiotic use. The report, Agricultural Uses of Antibiotics Escalate Bacterial.....

US (TX): Youth learn about the importance of pollinators

St. John Berchmans Catholic School students in San Antonio learned about the importance of pollinators at the Feed a Bee Planting Event presented Feb. 27 by Bayer in collaboration with National 4-H and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County.St. John Berchmans students get ready for the.....

CGMMV confirmed in Australian greenhouse

Biosecurity Queensland has confirmed a case of cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) in a commercially-grown greenhouse cucumber crop in Bundaberg.Queensland Chief Plant Health Manager Mike Ashton said Biosecurity Queensland had completed diagnostic testing of samples collected by its officers to.....

Australian gov't funds disease scan for tomatoes

A tomato business using hyperspectral technology to identify plant diseases and another studying insectariums will receive a research grant from the Victorian Government’s Horticulture Innovation Fund.The $1 million fund, launched in 2015, will provide grants up to $50,000 to help five horticulture.....

USDA: $1.8 million for research on next generation crop protection

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $1.8 million in available funding to research new, environmentally friendly pesticides and innovative tools and strategies to replace an older treatment, methyl bromide. Funding is made through.....

by David Kuack

Looking for a better, easier way to do greenhouse IPM?

Greenhouse Scout is an integrated pest management app that makes it easier to collect, store and analyze scouting data along with identifying insect pests and which beneficials can be used to control them.Most greenhouse growers know the benefits of scouting their crops for pest insects and mites. Scouting.....

UK: Free residential event for aspiring crop protection students

The first BBSRC-funded Crop Protection Summer School for Undergraduates (CROPPS) is occurring Sunday 2 – Saturday 8 July at Harper Adams University.The week-long residential event is aimed at first or second year undergraduates at a UK or Irish university interested in a meaningful and rewarding career in.....

New pilot researches sustainable Aphid control in pepper crops

A new pilot project 'systematic approach pest control for sustainable and healthy peppers' has started in Holland. The project is implemented in close association with a consultant of Koppert Biological Systems, Arno Moerman.Crop protection in the Netherlands continues to become more sustainable. In the.....

Smart mouse trap to be revealed at PestEx 2017

Russell IPM, the Cheshire-based manufacturer of pest control products for the professional user is best known in pest control for its pheromone-based monitoring traps that prevent mating between stored product insects, its smart digital traps for rodent management and its control systems for flying and.....

Tuta Absoluta remains risk for Dutch organic tomato growers

Despite all the measures to catch Tuta butterflies prior to and during the tomato cultivation, an outbreak cannot be excluded. In a special meeting in the autumn of 2016, Dutch greenhouse growers, researchers and consultants looked for solutions for the next season.The current population of Tuta absoluta.....