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OSU teams up with Sokoine University to speed up IPM practices in Tanzania

On a normal day, Joseph Mbuji’s business is managing the production, harvest, and delivery components of his diversified Bagamoyo vegetable farm. But recently, he found himself delivering a lecture about his farm to an international audience at a Seedling Health Workshop at Sokoine University of Agriculture.....

India: ICAR institute releases 465 biological pesticides

Farmers depending on chemical spray for protecting their horticultural crops can now heave a sigh of relief as a premier agricultural research institute has developed varieties of bio-pesticides which are sourced from natural resources such as animals, plants, bacteria and certain minerals. Bengaluru-based.....

Australia: Recalled herbicides contaminated with chemicals

Two of the herbicides recalled by Nufarm, Crop Care and Syngenta were contaminated by up to seven different chemicals.Documents seen by The Weekly Times show the recalled Ramrod Flowable was contaminated by a combination of chemicals including atrazine, simazine, terbutryn, prometryn, diflufenican,.....

Herbicide injury images collected in database

University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service has posted a Herbicide Injury Database that offers images of plant responses to mostly lower than labeled rates of herbicides. The database is searchable by herbicide group, herbicide, plant, or plant and herbicide together. The database contains images of.....

Frank Berendse, Wageningen University:

"Add a tax to the EU agricultural policy"

"As the debate heats up over the European Union's new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for 2020, I propose introducing a progressive tax that is based on farmers' purchase per unit area of pesticides, antibiotics and imported animal feed such as soya beans. Farmers practising sustainable management would be.....

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,.....

Bayer, Syngenta clash with EU over bees

Bayer AG and Syngenta AG, two of the agrichemical giants trying to win the European Commission’s blessing for deals reshaping the global industry, clashed with the EU over bans on insecticides that regulators blame for killing honeybees.The EU action not only damages farmers, the agricultural industry and.....

CAN (ON): Enhancing naturally-occurring microbes to aid greenhouse growers

Healthy growing conditions are critical to the success of any crop, and chemicals designed to help plants grow and resist disease are common, useful tools for farmers – whether growing conventional, organic, indoor, or outdoor crops.Metagenom Bio Inc., however, is one company trying to help growers reduce.....

UK: AHDB EAMU programme generates 12 new notifications

The following Extensions of Minor Use (EAMUs) were issued in January 2017 with the involvement of AHDB Horticulture in order to support UK horticulture production:Field vegetables'Eribea' (M17270) for the control of flea beetle and caterpillar on choi sum, collard, kohlrabi & oriental cabbage - EAMU.....

Ontario producers help dispose of 125,981 kg in pesticides

Farmers in Ontario helped dispose of more than 125,981 kilograms of obsolete and unwanted pesticides through CleanFARMS’ 2016 collection campaign.In 2013, the last time the program came to the province, farmers disposed of more than 128,000 kg of product with livestock medication included.“Ontario farmers.....

UF/IFAS Extension adds invasive insect specialist

Garima Kakkar is joining the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences to help the state fight invasive pests. Kakkar, an expert in invasive insects, is a UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County Multicounty Agent.Kakkar has a diverse range of experience in managing pest insects, and will.....

Alien species on the rise worldwide

The increase in numbers of alien species does not show any sign of saturation at a global level, an international team of 45 researchers led by scientists from Senckenberg, Germany, and University of Vienna, Austria, has discovered. They found that during the last centuries the number of new introductions.....

University of Guelph honeybee, soil research projects get $1.4 million

Protecting dwindling honeybee populations and improving soil health are the goals of two University of Guelph initiatives that received more than $1.4 million in federal support.The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) awarded Strategic Partnership Grants to Prof. Rod Merrill, Department.....

Ferdi van Elswijk joins Koppert North America:

US: Koppert adds hydroponic veg crop team manager

As Koppert celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, it looks to the next 50 years of growth. With the recent addition of Ferdi van Elswijk, Koppert continues to strengthen its technical support to clients. Ferdi brings with him over a decade of experience inside greenhouses, to an already existing team of.....

Biorationals deliver nematode control in carrots and parsnips

As industry calls for more alternative nematode control options in carrot and parsnip crops, results of a recent grower survey suggest that good nematode control can be achieved through the use of biorational products.The survey conducted on behalf of Certis UK indicated that the lack of options available to.....

Australia: Biosecurity advice for tomato potato psyllid

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia is undertaking surveillance in commercial crops and backyard gardens in the Perth area, following the suspect detection of tomato potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli).This psyllid is an insect that attacks a range of plants in the Solanaceae family.....

US (NY): Rat czar Robert Corrigan earns IPM award

For Robert Corrigan the moment was pivotal. Enchanted from childhood by the story of iconic oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Corrigan enrolled at the State University of New York at Farmingdale with one dream: to be the next Cousteau. That changed the day biology professor Austin Frishman was a.....

DuPont settles for $670.7 million over water contamination

Douglas & London, P.C. has announced a $670.7 million settlement in principle to address approximately 3,500 claims against DuPont and Chemours for injuries sustained by the chemical giant's contamination of the water supply near their Parkersburg, West Virginia plant with perfluorooctanoic acid, also.....
Michigan Farm Bureau:

"EPA risk assessment threatens important pesticides"

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued draft ecological risk assessments for 27 pesticides that is raising alarm among farmers nationwide. The list includes a large number of chemicals known as pyrethroids and are made available by AMVAC, BASF, Bayer, FMC, Syngenta and Valent.“EPA’s assessment.....

Tomato potato psyllid pest has arrived in Australia

The Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) reported that it is conducting surveillance in commercial crops and backyard gardens following the detection of the tomato potato psyllid vegetable pest in the Perth area.Department acting chief plant protection officer, Sonya Broughton, said.....
February 23

Marrone Bio Innovations to hold bioinsecticides webinar

Marrone Bio Innovations, in conjunction with Western Farm Press, is conducting a webinar on bioinsecticides on February 23, 2017, 11am PT/1pm CT/2pm ET.As biopesticides have been used and studied over time, scientists and growers better understand how to deploy and use these effective microorganism-based.....
Regev

Stockton introduces its first hybrid fungicide

Stockton STK, specializing in the development and marketing of botanical based biopesticides, has announced Regev, its first ever Hybrid fungicide, obtained registration from the Ministry of Agriculture in Israel for the control of fungal plant diseases.Botanical-based biopesticides are known to offer a.....

Italy: Biofactory produces beneficial insects in Ramacca

Cultivating produce using biological cultivation methods is increasingly popular, especially in central and northern Europe. Italian consumers seem to have become more aware about issues such as biodiversity, nutraceutics and, more generally, a more ethical and eco-sustainable lifestyle.Biologica l or.....

Cornell hosts Greenhouse/High Tunnel Vegetable IPM webinars

Cornell University will be holding a series of short webinars on Greenhouse/High Tunnel Vegetable IPM on Thursdays from 12-1 in February and March. The intent is for each topic to be briefly covered and then followed by discussion:Feb 9 and Feb 16: Basics of light, water fertility, media as they relate to.....

US: NC State researchers look into crop-insect interaction

A group of biology researchers want "citizen scientists" to participate in a study of which insects and microbes visit specific crops in different geographical areas. Called the "Great Pumpkin Project," the study, which includes NC State researchers, will help document geographic variation in the insects and.....

DuPont may sell off crop protection business

Dow and DuPont have offered to sell assets to ease EU competition concerns that their planned $130 billion merger may lead to farmers facing higher prices and fewer new herbicides and pesticides in the future.The companies submitted concessions to the European Commission on Feb. 7."The remedies include.....

These crops are insect magnets in the greenhouse

Some crops are notorious insect magnets for certain insects, like Mandevilla is for spider mites. Every year, the pest pressure in greenhouses fluctuates with many factors. West Michigan IPM, who provides scouting services to clients in west Michigan, has put together a list of common greenhouse insects and.....

Canada starts random testing of MMJ for pesticides

Recently, two licensed producers of cannabis for medical purposes undertook voluntary recalls of cannabis products that contained low levels of prohibited pest control products (myclobutanil/bifenazate/pyrethrins). Under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), licensed producers are.....

Biobest to introduce PMV-01 in new markets:

Approval to treat Pepino Mosaic Virus in Austria, Hungary and Poland

Good news for tomato growers in Austria, Hungary and Poland. The authorities in these three countries have now approved the use of PMV-01 against Pepino Mosaic Virus in tomato under regulation (EC) N°1107/2009. Biobest, in collaboration with its local distribution partners, will commercialize the first and.....

BioClay - a game changer in crop protection?

A University of Queensland team has made a discovery that could help conquer the greatest threat to global food security – pests and diseases in plants.Research leader Professor Neena Mitter said BioClay – an environmentally sustainable alternative to chemicals and pesticides – could be a game-changer for.....

"Hydroponic berry industry needs to consider IPM"

With soaring demand for berry fruit around the globe, Nuffield Scholar Wade Mann is urging growers to consider integrated pest management strategies (IPM).The 2015 Nuffield Australia Scholarship winner explored and assessed IPM strategies globally to identify emerging and innovative technologies available.....

Seminar video:

Creating a scouting app for greenhouse insect pest management

In case you missed Monday’s seminar of Cornell's Horticulture Section, Creating a scouting app for greenhouse insect pest management with Elizabeth Lamb, NYS IPM Program, it is now available online.Source: Cornell University

Nigerian farmers find solution for tomato pest

According to tomato farmers in Dantankari, Katsina State, they have found a solution for the dreaded tomato disease known as tuta absoluta, locally known as ‘tomato ebola’ that ravaged farms in the state.Daily Trust had, in June 2015, reported how tomato production in the country was severely hit by an.....

Australia: More than $1.2 million in chemical grants

An estimated 7000 produce and nursery growers across Australia stand to benefit from increased access to chemicals after Horticulture Innovation Australia today secured more than $1.2 million in agriculture research grants.Horticulture Innovation Australia Chief Executive John Lloyd said the organisation was.....

New study shows how plants fight off disease

A University of Queensland-led study has highlighted the minute details of how the plant’s immune system leads to its ability to resist disease.UQ School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences and Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre researcher Professor Bostjan Kobe said the finding was.....

Certis Europe acquires Latitude from Monsanto

Mitsui & Co., Ltd has now finalised the agreement to acquire all the assets related to Monsanto’s Latitude business, including trademarks, registrations and manufacturing knowledge. Latitude products are specialised fungicide seed treatments, used mainly for wheat and barley, which allow growers and seed.....

US (CA): Judge rules glyphosate is possible cancer threat

California can require Monsanto to label its popular weed-killer Roundup as a possible cancer threat despite an insistence from the chemical giant that it poses no risk to people, a judge tentatively ruled Friday.California would be the first state to order such labeling if it carries out the.....

Sweden: Biological control and the food production of the future

Mariann Wikström from the Agro Plantarum was invited by the Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences to talk about the BIOCOMES project during their theme day: biological control and the food production of the future.In her presentation Wikström described the different research projects she works on for.....
The goal is to maintain the low prevalence status

Mexico: Tamaulipas releases 40 million sterile flies per year

The citrus industry in the downtown area of Tamaulipas was put at risk by the presence of pests such as the fruit fly, exotic flies, the tristeza virus, and the red spider. As a result, producers work hard to keep them at bay and to prevent the Yellow Dragon disease."Every year, as part of the campaign.....

How do you develop biological pesticides?

Working with partners from the EU BIOCOMES project, Wageningen University & Research has organised a workshop from 17 to 19 January about successfully developing biological pesticides using micro-organisms (bacteria, fungi, nematodes). The workshop will be held at the German biological crop protection.....

What will happen to Plant Health and Plant Protection Product regulations after Brexit?

What the future may hold for Plant Protection Products (PPPs) in the UK is explored in the latest edition of AHDB’s Horizon reports. The new AHDB report published today looks at the various pieces of legislation impacting the use of PPPs in the UK and puts forward four broad options for post-Brexit.....

Marrone and Nufarm join forces in bioinsecticide creation

Marrone Bio Innovations and Nufarm Australia announced the signing of a commercial agreement to develop Grandevo Bioinsecticide, with Nufarm to be the exclusive distributor in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ).Grandevo is a new generation product that helps growers effectively protect their crops against.....

Biobest's Prestop 4B wins SIVAL innovation award

The biofungicide Prestop 4B (for bee) has won a gold Innovation Award at the 2017 SIVAL Expo. In combination with Biobest’s Flying doctors hives it provides a groundbreaking new solution for Botrytis control in soft fruits. The system finally makes entomovectoring a real option for the grower with bumblebees.....

David Fischer, Ph.D., Bayer U.S., Director, Pollinator Safety:

"EPA actions support modern ag and sustainability"

"Modern agriculture technologies like insecticide are essential tools to help farmers produce abundant, healthy crops," writes David Fischer, Bayer U.S. Director of Pollinator Safety. "Without them, their jobs become far more difficult and costly, ultimately affecting all of us around the dinner.....

US (FL): A step closer to banishing late blight

New findings by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers could help prevent more genetic strains of the potato- and tomato-killing late-blight pathogen from entering the United States.These findings may provide further evidence to help researchers solve the $6.....

How bubbles create cleaner fruit and vegetables

Fine bubble technology could help fresh fruit and vegetable growers ensure clean crops, Chemical Engineer Dean Burfoot will tell attendees at free antimicrobial workshops organised by AHDB Horticulture.The technology was first studied as a means of reducing the amount of water used in cleaning through the.....

Dow-DuPont deal

Regulators worried about crop protection innovations

DuPont Co. said it can address antitrust regulators’ concerns that its $72 billion merger with Dow Chemical Co. could limit discovery of new agricultural pesticides, boosting confidence that the deal will be approved. Shares of both companies rose the most in almost a year.Regulators are mostly concerned.....

Rüdiger Hauschild, GAB Consulting:

"It’s time to revise legislation on biocontrol agents"

There is one important sentiment that all producers of biocontrol agents, big or small, have in common: they complain about legislation on product registration in the EU. ‘And they have a very good point’, Dr. Rüdiger Hauschild says. Hauschild is director, as well as head of the Biopesticides Department of.....

February 8, Berlin

"Agrochemicals and biologicals: How's the marriage working out?"

“Agrochemicals and Biologicals: How’s The Marriage Working Out?” will be the Keynote Presentation at the upcoming Crops & Chemicals Europe Conference on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin, Germany.The Keynote Speaker will be Guy Elitzur, CEO of Stockton, a producer of.....

Researchers call Syngenta bee study 'misleading'

A study by a global agrochemical company that concluded there was only a low risk to honey bees from a widely used agricultural pesticide has been described as "misleading" in new research published by statisticians at the University of St Andrews.A major study conducted by Swiss agrochemical company.....

Pesticide use has fallen over the past 50 years

Due to the progressive introduction of biological crop protection, the use of pesticides and other chemical agents in agriculture has declined by 50 to 90 percent over the past 50 years. This important change has been possible thanks to the introduction of wasps and predatory mites, bacteria and fungi, among.....

Botswana continues tomato ban to battle leaf miner

Botswana’s ban on the importation of tomatoes continues, as the country battles tomato leaf miner or Tuta absoluta, which broke out at the end of last year.The highly destructive tomato pest, with its origin from South America, has invaded both greenhouse and open field tomato crops in North East, Central,.....