Crop Protection

Tomato leaf mold in hoophouse tomatoes

Hoophouse tomatoes are one of the biggest moneymakers on small farms. While the hoophouse provides relief from many tomato diseases, some plant diseases are favored by the high relative humidity that can occur in hoophouses and greenhouses. Tomato leaf mold ( Passalora fulva ) is one of these diseases,…

Concerns about bee health

Health Canada restricts certain pesticide uses

The Canadian federal government’s pesticide regulator says certain uses of a popular insecticide need to be restricted in order to protect the health of pollinators. In its…

TerraLink to distribute Regalia Maxx Biofungicide in Western Canada

Marrone Bio Innovations announces distribution partnership in Western Canada

Marrone Bio Innovations has appointed TerraLink as a distributor of the Regalia Maxx Biofungicide in Western Canada. TerraLink has been a supplier of crop input products to…

"Sanitation is important in transplant production houses"

By now almost all growers have started transplant production or have hired someone else to grow their transplants. With all of the important things that go into transplant production one of the sanitation factors that is somewhat neglected is weed control. by Jerry Brust, IPM Vegetable Specialist,…

Bumble bees in greenhouse vegetable production

Commercial bumble bees have a lifestyle and foraging behavior that is fitting for greenhouse operations. by Benjamin Phillips, Michigan State University Extension Growing produce in greenhouses and hoop houses can be an effective and economical venture for early production of warm-season fruiting…

Intumescence in greenhouse crops

Intumescence was observed this week on greenhouse tomatoes. Intumescence is an abiotic disorder which produces small blisters on leaf surfaces. Severe cases can result in defoliation. Certain plants are especially susceptible to intumescence; these include members of the Solanaceae such as Ipomoea, peppers, and tomatoes, as…

"Reduce the chance of blossom end rot"

In warm weather, the risk of blossom end rot rises. That is why Biobest recommends treating susceptible tomato varieties with Bluestim. Biobest advises to apply Bluestim at a rate of 2 kg/ha (1.8 lb/acre). It is important to repeat the treatment, every three to four weeks, to maintain continuous…

Dutch growers add new pyrethrin-based insecticide to their arsenal

Tomato, pepper, cucumber, eggplant and courgette growers in the Netherlands will shortly have a new insecticide based on natural pyrethrins available. Spyro has recently been…

Inner leaf “tip-burn” in lettuce

Not all nutritional problems are caused by supplying too much or too little of a certain nutrient. “Tip-burn” of inner leaves is a common problem in hydroponic lettuce, where the margins of the young emerging leaves develop necrosis and burn as shown in Figure 1. The necrosis is from a calcium deficiency, but the actual problem…

Resistosome illuminates plant disease resistance mechanisms

Like animals, plants possess an immune system to fight off invading parasites. Unlike vertebrates that possess both adaptive immunity and innate immunity, plants solely rely on innate immunity, which deploys immune receptors to detect molecules derived from parasites and activate defenses. Plant innate…

New research and training greenhouses for Koppert Mexico

Being one of the biggest suppliers of biological crop protection also means that you have to investigate a lot in research all around the globe. To do so, Koppert Biological Systems recently opened two new research greenhouses in Querétaro. Equipped with all kinds of very nice techniques, these will help…

European tomato contact group

Battling New Delhi, Tuta absoluta and ToBRFV

New Delhi, Tuta absoluta and ToBRFV - these are the phytosanitary emergencies discussed by the table tomato contact group that has met in Ragusa on 4th and 5th April 2019. Guido Grasso from Confagricoltura briefly illustrated the history of each pathogen and stressed how ToBRFV is easily transmitted via…

Controlling insects in vegetable crops with biochemical formulation

Armorex is an O.M.R.I listed biochemical formulation that is used as a spray treatment to kill and control insects, pathogenic nematodes and fungus. Armorex is an E.P.A.…

Whitefly disrupts plants' built-in alarm systems

When plants are bitten by insects, they release a chemical scream—a cocktail of compounds that travel through the air. Some deter pests directly by confusing or repelling them; others indirectly protect plants by summoning predatory ants or parasitic wasps. Still others raise the alarm in parts of the…

Videos: How to use biological crop protection

The popularity of Koppert Biological Systems’ ‘how-to-use’ videos which visually illustrate how each product is applied to solve a problem in the greenhouse or field, has motivated the company to produce more than 45 product instruction videos. The ‘how-to’ videos can be found on YouTube.…

Almost 23,000 ha with biological control in Spanish province of Almeria

The territorial delegate of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Aránzazu Martín Moya, has highlighted "the huge commitment of the Government of…

Virginia Tech taps text message services to assist farmers in developing countries

Farmers are warding off crop pests and diseases – and merchants are seeing a 100 percent increase in sales of natural products to combat them – since Virginia Tech implemented a text-messaging system in Nepal. Up-to-date pest and disease information to grow a healthy harvest could mean feeding an entire…

"40% more predatory mites compared to regular sachets"

Biobest’s Swirskii-Long-Life-System has just got an upgrade due to its improved sachet formulation. The number of predatory Amblyseius (Typholodromips) swirskii mites per Long-Life sachet has been boosted from 150 to 250. “Widely used as a key beneficial in sweet pepper, cucumber, aubergine, strawberry…

New Zealand growers participate in biosecurity workshop

The TomatoesNZ board, along with key industry partners, participated in a biosecurity response simulation exercise run by Biosecurity NZ (MPI) in Auckland on 14 th February. Sixteen growers and industry associates attended, including representatives from other covered vegetable crop growers, a plant…

Program for healthy and sustainable tomato production

Tomatoes are one of the most important vegetable crops worldwide with a continually increasing production. To grow healthy tomatoes, a sophisticated disease and pest management program is essential. Therefore, Andermatt Biocontrol compiled a Tomato Brochure for their customers to provide an overview on…

Hortival Diffusion, France, on shading products Sudlac

"Eclipse F4 essential in our growing strategy"

With 300 hectares and more than 250 employees, Hortival Diffusion (Minier nursery) is one of France’s biggest nurseries and one of the top 10 European nurseries. For 180 years, the family-owned company steadily expanded until it was bought out in 1997 by the French group Terrena. The company is known to…

Mexico: CESAVE held a seminar on the new tomato virus

In order to inform and publicize the most recent news about the Tobamovirus genus with an emphasis on the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV), the State Committee of Plant Health of Sonora (CESAVE), in coordination with the Local Board of Plant Health of the Yaqui Valley, held a seminar where it…

"Insect exclusion screens reduce cucumber beetle infestations in high tunnels"

As high tunnel vegetable production acreage increases in the United States, so does the need for management strategies tailored to their unique growing environment. Cucumbers are an ideal crop in these systems; they can be vertically trellised to maximize the production area and provide high yields to…

Dirty Dozen? Not so fast…

Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) issues a list of foods – the so-called ‘ Dirty Dozen ’ – which it considers to have the highest pesticide residues. 2019’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ list, released on April 10, includes several crops produced in New York including strawberries, apples, grapes, kale, spinach, peaches, pears,…

beekeeper Mario Coremans:

"A bee only gets buzzy if all factors are right"

"Look, this flower has been pollinated, because you can see very small dots here." When Mario Coremans enters the strawberry greenhouse, he immediately looks at the flowers to see how the pollinating is going. Since 2012, he has been renting his bee populations to growers of soft fruit to pollinate their…

Economic injury level and crop loss assessment for Tuta absoluta on different tomato cultivars

Specifying the relationship between pests and their host plants in terms of damage is one of the basic concepts of integrated pest management (IPM) programmes. The crop loss and economic injury level (EIL) of Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) were determined on different tomato cultivars using…

Chile

MRL detections report in the EU stresses importance of pest control

A recent report from the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) revealed the results of the official controls carried out by the member states of the European Union (EU) during 2018 on apples and peaches from the EU and non-European countries. This report said that, in the case of apples, of a total of…

US: Efficacy of biochemical biopesticides that may be used in organic farming

This article summarizes publicly available data on efficacy of commercially available, EPA-registered biochemical biopesticides for plant disease control. For a more detailed introduction see the related eOrganic article Biopesticides for Plant Disease Management in Organic Farming . At the time of…

The New Delhi Virus in Italy

Various research bodies in Italy, the Universities of Palermo and Catania, IPSP-CNR Portici, CREA Rome and OMP Palermo conducted a study on the incidence and genetic diversity of the New Delhi virus. The New Delhi virus ( Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus , ToLCNDV) is a bipartite begomovirus (family Geminiviridae ) identified…

"Bayer's blind spot on Monsanto's roundup may cost billions"

A second U.S. jury has linked Roundup weedkiller to cancer. The uphill battle Bayer Chief Executive Officer Werner Baumann is fighting just got steeper. The company has lost more than $30 billion in market value since the first defeat last August, raising fresh questions about a deal he spearheaded.…

UK firm sees record demand for crop enhancement products

A Lancashire agricultural company is helping farmers around the world to increase their crop yields after it sees record demand for its products. Levity Crop Science currently…

Colletotrichum brevisporum associated with anthracnose of red bell pepper fruit in Trinidad

Bell pepper ( Capsicum annuum ) production in Trinidad is year-round and covers approximately 116 acres with an estimated annual yield of 1,600 tonnes. Colletotrichum truncatum is the predominant fungal pathogen causing anthracnose of pepper fruit and C. gloeosporioides sensu lato is secondary due to its…

UCLA and University of Southern California research:

‘California officials fall short when evaluating pesticide use’

California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation registers pesticide products; county-level agricultural commissioners issue permits for the use of “restricted” pesticides —…

Suited to identify Queensland fruit flies

Australia focuses on microscopic pests

Currently, as one part of an AI diagnostic package to identify anything that is visible but requires magnification, a sort of ‘smart microscope’ is being tested. The…

Edema of greenhouse tomatoes and kale

One of the many challenges of tomato (Solanum lycopersicumL.) and kale (Brassica oleracea) greenhouse growers is the management of edema (oedema). Often described as intumescence or enations, edema is an abiotic-induced complication that develops at different levels of intensity depending on the cultivar…

US: Thrips on spring crops

In the past week thrips were observed on several crops including spikes ( Dracaena ), Vinca, tomato and chrysanthemum. by Angela Madeiras and Jason Lanier Monitoring for thrips begins with the arrival of cuttings, as most thrips infestations start with insects that come in on plugs and cuttings. A sound dipping program,…

Researchers unravel the biofilm

"If you have not cleaned properly, disinfection is useless"

An assassin, that is how the biofilm is rightly called. These bacterial packages attach themselves to surfaces in the production line, are difficult to detect and can…

Ukrainian sanitary inspection reveals:

South American moth found in Turkish tomatoes

According to the press office of the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection, Ukrainian sanitary inspectors have found a batch of infected tomatoes in the Kiev…

US (TX): Farmer couple cleans up debris after last week's winds

Farms are still cleaning up and rebuilding from last week’s high winds in the South Plains. R&R Farms, located in West Texas, is one of the many produce farms that sustained damage. Ray and Rhonda Lowry, co-owners of R&R Farms, say the high winds were detrimental to their strawberries and have…

European justice forces access to reports on glyphosate

The General Court of the European Union (TGUE) ruled that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) should allow access to toxicity and carcinogenicity studies of the active…

The helpful insects behind blackberry cultivation

In mid-January, the spring cultivation of blackberries under glass started at Van de Bosch in Berkel and Rodenrijs (Netherlands). At the end of February they started releasing various types of biological protection products from Koppert Biological Systems such as Thripex-Plus bags (N. cucumeris) against…

Vaccine against PepMV authorized in North America

PMV-01 is now available in Canada and the USA. PMV-01 is the first plant vaccine against Pepino Mosaic Virus (PepMV) in tomato authorized by EPA and PMRA. The product is registered in name of DCM and marketed by Biobest. The first crops in British Columbia and Alberta (Canada) have already been…

Preventing Tobacco Mosaic Virus infection

Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV) outbreaks are frequently blamed on the shipment of infected plugs or cuttings into area greenhouses. While this may be accurate in some cases, there are many more instances of localized TMV outbreaks that can be linked to our employees and growing practices. by Tom Ford -…

Mangalitza pigs clean out greenhouse

Mangalitza pigs which plough your entire greenhouse, it sounds like a horror scenario for a grower. But not for a Dutch grape nursery, where three of these woolly pigs completely clean out the vegetable garden greenhouse, while their excrement provides fertile soil for the next cultivation. Check the…

20% of the production is affected

A pathogen and a fungus hit Bolivian strawberries

The president of the Municipal Council of Pojo, Matias Rodriguez, stated that there was a species of fungus and a pathogen of spider mites in the region of the central…

Some insects are stronger than chemicals

Agricultural producers in Ibiza use insects to tackle 'Tuta absoluta' pest

Seven years ago, Ibizan agricultural producers were on the verge of not growing tomatoes again. A 'Tuta absoluta' pest destroyed whole plantations and the only remedy to fight…

Handheld, backpack and air-assisted sprayers

Spring is in the air, which means it's spray season at CropKing. In order to combat pests, disease causing microbes and other "invaders", we use a sprayer to apply chemicals and protect the plants we are caring for. From handheld, to air-assisted sprayers or foggers, there are many options and lots of…

Chris Scales, Hall Hunter:

"Thripex works really well in berries"

In the UK, Hall Hunter soft fruit is synonymous with quality and taste. For the last fifty years the business has grown to cover seven sites in Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex, and recently a farm in Portugal. The family farms grow strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries ‘in fields that buzz…

Carnivorous plants help fight pests in aquaponics

Just like traditional farms, aquaponics farms have their fair share of problems dealing with pests. The only difference is that when dealing with pests on an aquaponics farm is that the health of the fish has to be kept in mind. Several pest control methods work wonders on unwanted critters, but will…

Bugs - a grower's best friend

Nature Fresh Farm puts the spotlight on their bugs. "Beneficial bios, or good bugs, are an extremely important part of our greenhouse operation – they are used by our team of Growers and Bio Scouts as a part of our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy!", the team with Nature Fresh Farm explain. "IPM is a broad-based…

Yield and gas exchange of greenhouse tomato at different nitrogen levels under aerated irrigation

In a research conducted by Ya-Dan Du et al., the relationship between yield and gas exchange of a tomato greenhouse at different nitrogen levels and under aerated irrigation.…

Australia: Diagnosing unusual or rare plant pests

An estimated 40 per cent of global food crops are lost every year due to plant pests and disease, equating to around US$220 billion annually and invasive insects US$70…

Italian industry shares knowledge

"Prevention is the best defence for ToBRFV"

The appearance of ToBRFV (Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus) on growing sites all over the world worries the industry. In Italy, where the virus has been found in the Southern region Sicily, a congress was organised to discuss the issue. Virologist Walter Davino explained that everything revolves around…

Wounding induces tomato Ve1 R-gene expression

In tomato, Verticillium resistance is determined by the Ve gene locus, which encodes two leucine-rich repeat-receptor-like proteins (Ve1, Ve2); the Ve1 gene is induced differentially while Ve2 is constitutively expressed throughout disease development. These profiles have been observed even during…

US: Pesticide Registration Improvement Act signed into law

U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said President Trump signed the…

US (OR): Greenhouses suffer damages in snowstorm

Last month's snowstorm dropped a foot of snow on the Willamette Valley causing some problems for farmers. "When you get to that kind of eight inches and up, that's a big warning sign for some of these greenhouses," says Food For Lane County Youth Farm Coordinator Ted Purdy. But Purdy says one tool was…

Adama-STK distribution agreement brings fungicides to Colombia

Crop protection company Adama and STK bio-ag technologies have signed an exclusive agreement for the distribution of Timorex Gold botanical-based bio-fungicide and STK Regev ‘Hybrid’ fungicide throughout Colombia. In Colombia, Timorex Gold is approved for the following crops: Bananas, Rice, Ornamentals,…

"New approach significantly reduces aphids in soft fruits"

René Simons enjoys looking for innovations. In 2016, he was the first grower to cultivate raspberries in a greenhouse under artificial lighting. More than two years later, he is at the forefront once again but now with the development of a method to tackle aphids in small fruits. The results are…

IN: State agriculture department developing testing for every seed

The state agriculture department has been taking necessary steps to come up with full-fledged seed testing and certification for all vegetable seeds, officials said in Madurai…

Foil cultivation in focus during gathering of Abensberg asparagus producers

90 percent of all asparagus fields in Germany covered with foil

In the course of the past year, they were frequently talked about in and around Abensberg: the foil that is used more and more by asparagus growers. And that would become part…

Characterization and analysis of pheromones

Pheromones are natural molecules used by living beings to communicate with other members of their species, and by humans to protect crops. Synthetic, carefully crafted pheromones are utilized to cause sexual confusion in parasites and protect plants from their attacks while preventing the release of…

Berry Baruch, Schenkeveld:

"The goal this year is: Macros, without Nesi and to finish the year with biologics"

Right now there are new tomato plants again at all locations of Dutch grower Schenkeveld. "The lighted locations obviously have had plants for a bit longer," writes Berry…

New biostimulant combats transplanting stress

A new biostimulant that helps young plants to recover from the stresses of transplanting has been launched by Arysta LifeScience UK & Ireland. Goteo is applied by drip irrigation or drench to horticultural seedling plugs and young plants, to improve overall health status and the ability to overcome…

"It could be lights out for some strawberry diseases and pests"

Natalia Peres envisions a day when light from a machine that resembles a spacecraft helps prevent powdery mildew from causing much damage to strawberries. Peres, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, works with a global group of…

New Zealand Fruit Fly Council:

"Confidence in system after fruit fly detections"

New Zealand fruit and vegetable growers should continue to have confidence in the ongoing investigations into Auckland fruit fly detections, says the horticulture-wide group…

Limonene in marigolds repels tomato whiteflies

Researchers at Newcastle University have published a study in PLOS ONE, showing that limonene is the component of marigolds that repels tomato whiteflies. The research team says it could be possible to develop a limonene product that could be hung in greenhouses to deter whiteflies. Study leader Dr.…

Tomato cluster kinking, snapping, or ripping

Tomato are the most widely-grown fruiting greenhouse crop. The types of tomatoes produced vary widely, from the beefsteak or slicer types to the smaller-fruited grape and cherry types. Regardless of which type you are growing, they all can suffer from cluster kinking (Fig. 1), snapping, or in extreme…

Knowing your enemy: thrips

Thrips are a common insect pest that most growers have had difficulty controlling due to their small size and ability to hide in plant parts. Although this is not an insect associated with growing media, most species of thrips spend part of their lifecycle in the growing medium or soil. Thus, the question arises whether they…

AU: Update on fruit fly in Auckland

Further biosecurity restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables in the Auckland suburb of Northcote are being put in place, following the find of a third Queensland fruit fly in the area. The male fly was found in a surveillance trap just outside the A Zone controlled area but within Zone B and…

US (CS): LGMA to address findings from FDA investigation

On February 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued its final report on the investigation of the E. Coli outbreak associated with romaine lettuce from California…

US: Crop protection and pest management funding opportunity

The purpose of the Crop Protection and Pest Management program is to address high priority issues related to pests and their management using IPM approaches at the state,…

US: Monitoring E. coli presence in water through drones

Recently, an increasing number of growers has been using drones to control and monitor their crops. Now, the US Department of Agriculture is utilising them to monitor the water quality. Specifically, drones sample irrigation ponds for E. coli. This method could provide growers with a new device thus…

UK: IPM Specialist David Hide elected to the BASIS committee to represent Commercial Horticulture

Fargro's IPM specialist David Hide has been elected to represent the commercial horticulture category of the BASIS Professional Register. The main role of the advisory committee is to act as a forum for the two-way exchange of information between BASIS Registration and its membership, as well as to…

Crop protection, food process engineering

INRA and its partners sign agreement for two new international laboratories in China

In Beijing, in the presence of the French Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Frédérique Vidal, INRA, represented by Ségolène Halley des Fontaines, Head of International Affairs, welcomes the creation of two new French-Chinese international associated laboratories (LIA). Signature of…

Bram Tijmons, PATS

Tiny drones a buzzkill for greenhouse insects

A novel and a futuristic way to combat moths and other insects is by the use of drones. Start-up PATS developed these mini-drones. Bram Tijmons: "The demand for organic products is increasing, while the regulations for using insecticides are becoming more strict. This requires a sustainable way of…

US: Midwest Vegetable Production Guide updated for 2019

The 2019 edition of the Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers is available for download in PDF. The guide is produced through a collaboration of land-grant universities from eight states. It provides growers with vegetable production information including fertility, variety, cultural,…

Russian TV report generates greenhouse bumblebee buzz

In the greenhouses of APH Eco-Culture they use only biological techniques to increase the yield. For pollination of tomatoes in the greenhouse complexes of Stavropol Krai they involve bumblebees, which increase the number of fruits. The insects work in a whole hive, which is about 80 species. Just…

greenhouses blown away in Italy

Italy: "The world is upside down"

The past weekend was characterized by a cold front from the Balkans that brought snow to central and southern Italy and wind to the north of the peninsula. The cold front determined a sudden drop in temperatures especially in Puglia, Basilicata, Campania, Calabria, In Sicily, in the Pachino area, several…

Kenya: Tuta absoluta spreading through tomato crates

Peter Kiiru, a field officer with East African Seeds Company, told farmers during a field day at Meru University of Science and Technology that the Tuta absoluta moth often lays eggs inside the fruits. The eggs then find their way into crates during transportation, enabling the spread of the disease.…

A mushroom instead of pesticides

Covartis, a chemical startup from Limoges, is considering replacing pesticides with oyster mushrooms after discovering that these mushrooms with fungicidal properties could be used as an ecological…

NZ: New fruit fly species found in Auckland

A second type of fruit fly, (Bactrocera facialis - the "facialis fruit fly") has been found in a surveillance trap in the Auckland suburb of Otara. This fly is a different…

Biocontrol supplier takes on the challenge of environmentally friendly packaging

Biocontrol manufacturer and supplier, Bioline Agrosciences, is implementing a range of new shipping boxes designed to minimise waste and limit the environmental impacts of its global activities. Bioline Agrosciences is a global player in the biocontrol market, specialised in Macro-organism biocontrol…

Smurfit Kappa launches AgroPaper

Paper protects crop

AgroPaper is a renewable and compostable paper that is designed to replace the plastic material used by many farmers and growers for 'mulching' when growing vegetables. Mulching refers to placing a…

“Picvert goes for the label ‘Cultivated without Pesticides’”

For a few years now, the company Picvert has been wanting to reduce its use of phytosanitary products. “Given the political context in which many molecules are being removed from the market, and the fact that consumers are turning to healthier products, conventional agriculture is going to be facing more…

Ted Tanner, Growlink CEO and co-founder:

On pest prevention in controlled environments

There are benefits and drawbacks to growing indoors. When it comes to pests, the upside is that indoor grow spaces can be sealed off relatively effectively from the outside world. Pest infestations are a grower’s worst nightmare thanks to the stunted growth and crop damage that they bring. But by…

Bioline Iberia established in Almeria

Bioline Agrosciences and the company Biocolor (Spain) announce the creation of a new company, based in Almeria (ES), called Bioline Iberia. Thanks to this union Bioline Iberia will be a major player in Biocontrol in Spain. "Our partner Biocolor brings a well established brand in the cooperative segment…

Rosario Provvidenti, authority on vegetable diseases, dies at 97

Rosario Provvidenti, Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor Emeritus of plant pathology, died on Feb. 1 in Geneva, New York. He was 97. Considered one of the world’s foremost…

Corteva Agriscience chooses Casablanca as hub for North-West & West Central Africa

Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, launched its official North-West & West Central Africa (NWAF & WCAF) regional headquarters in Casablanca, Morocco. The Casablanca office will act as Corteva Agriscience’s business centre for customers, partners and consumers in its main…

Alfred Klaver, Naktuinbouw:

"With specific test we will soon be able to detect ToBRFV even faster"

In several countries worldwide the tomato virus ToBRFV has now surfaced, including recently in Germany. Naktuinbouw (the Netherlands Inspection Service for Horticulture) is…

Licence agreement adds new biological fungicide to Certis Europe's portfolio

Certis Europe and the Portuguese company CEV have entered into an exclusive distribution and sales agreement covering the EU 28 and other specified countries for CEV’s biological fungicide Problad, excluding Portugal. The product, which is based on a naturally-occurring compound extracted from Lupin…

Botanical-based biofungicide comes to Spain

STK bio–ag technologies and Sipcam are announcing an exclusive agreement for the distribution and market development of Timorex Gold biofungicide throughout Spain. Under this exclusive agreement, Sipcam Iberia will market and sell the product throughout Spain under STK’s trade name, Timorex Gold. Timorex…

René Huijsmans:

"The protection of seeds and young plants against diseases is under pressure"

For years there was hardly any movement in the field of fungicidal seed treatment solutions for vegetables, according to René Huismans (Syngenta / FarMore Technology). "The market was dominated by products such as thiram, carbendazim and iprodion." He says that a big reason why the industry did not look…

France: three tomato giants join forces to offer zero-pesticide products

The Breton cooperatives alone represent 50% of the French tomato market with 230,000 tons of tomatoes produced each year. Cultivated all year round in heated greenhouses, they…

Australia: Brown marmorated stink bug found in Port Melbourne

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has been detected in Port Melbourne. The bug was found in an Agriculture Victoria trap which was put out as a precaution after Victoria’s first BMSB detection in Clayton in December. Victoria’s Chief Plant Health Officer, Dr Rosa Crnov, said Agriculture Victoria had…

Ines van Marrewijk, Groen Agro Control, about quick DNA-analysis ToBRFV

"We have been processing samples of various customers"

Since the end of last year, the greenhouse horticulture sector has been troubled by the tomato brown rugose fruit virus (RoBRFRV). The virus has not yet been spotted in the…

New copper bactericide and fungicide available in California

Producers in California now have access to a new copper bactericide and fungicide – Instill which the manufacturers say protects nut trees, fruit trees, citrus, leafy…

US (MI): Greenhouse disease and insect management recommendations for 2019

Michigan State University Extension entomology specialist for ornamentals David Smitley has released his “ 2019 Greenhouse Insect Management ” recommendations. These are the recommended products to control thrips, aphids, whiteflies, spider mites, broad and cyclamen mites, fungus gnats, mealybugs and…

South American moth in African tomatoes: 75 tons of vegetables will not make it to Saint Petersburg.

South African tomato moth not allowed in Saint Petersburg

The inspectors of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance have banned 75 tons of Moroccan tomatoes from entering Saint Petersburg. The press service of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance reported the fact. The cargo arrived at the big port of Saint…

US (GA): Beneficial insects can prove useful for greenhouse crops

While the use of beneficial insects and other biocontrols for agricultural pest management hasn’t gained widespread usage in open field production, some Georgia farmers are using natural control methods in greenhouse and high-tunnel production. “The makeup of our farms and the perceptions of our farmers…

US: California growers now have systemic copper in their toolboxes

Producers in California now have access to a longer-lasting copper bactericide and fungicide – Instill protects nut trees, fruit trees, citrus, leafy vegetables and berries. “The key difference is that this is a systemic copper,” says Sym-Agro President Peter Bierma. “Instead of providing a protective…

Kenya: Biological solutions meet peri-urban horticulture

Biological control involves the management of plant pests and diseases using other organisms. The concept relies on an active human management role to achieve this and is an important component of integrated pest management (IPM) programs. There are three basic strategies for biological pest control. The…

US: New greenhouse disease management recommendations for vegetables and herbs

Dr. Mary Hausbeck in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University and her colleagues have released a new guide for disease management for vegetable and herb crops . The new guide provides the following information about each registered product for vegetable…

New Zealand: Second round of Tamarixia triozae biological control releases underway

The saying that ‘many small things can add up to one big thing’ is currently being put into practice for the Tamarixia triozae biological control release programme. The parasitic wasp of Tomato Potato Psyllid (TPP) is being released on and around tomato greenhouses, potato fields and tamarillo orchards…

New greenhouse concept: Multispan, foil and semi-closed

During this year's Sival, a new greenhouse concept was launched by CMF Groupe. The GreenPush BioActive is a semi-closed multispan concept. "We want to limit the pest pressure and offer a more homogeneous climate", Corenthin (Felix) Chassouant with CMF Groupe explains. IPM As shown at the Sival and in the…

Effectiveness of two miridae against the tomato leafminer

Dicyphus bolivari and Dicyphus errans are miridae commonly found in various crops with low pesticide pressure where they act as predators arthropods such as Tuta absoluta, the tomato leafminer. However, their effectiveness as organic control agents of this insect needs further analysis. Entomologists…

The Giovanni Pasquariello's observations

Italy: Winter produce enough only for loyal customers

Giovanni Pasquariello is the owner of the Azienda Agricola Pasquariello Giovanni. He said to FreshPlaza, "For the current campaign, we expanded by 20% the acreage devoted to winter crops spread over a slightly longer period, from the end of September to mid-March. The harvesting times are going well.…


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