Crop Protection

US bio-based products industry impact pegged by USDA

USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson on July 29, the 10th anniversary of the creation of the USDA’s Certified Biobased Product Label, unveiled an Economic Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry.... more »

Spotted cucumber beetle management urged in Illinois

There seems to be a larger number of striped and spotted cucumber beetles this year in Illinois compared to previous years. It is important to control these beetles as they transmit the pathogen that causes... more »

What’s the best method to scare birds from sweet corn?

Scaring birds out of sweet corn and other crops is not new, based on the centuries-old placement of scarecrows dressed in old clothes (oftentimes filled with straw) in fields. However, there are many newer methods... more »

Potential spotted lanternfly introduction in California target of quarantine

A state exterior quarantine was declared July 16 to prohibit the introduction of the spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, into California. Spotted lanternfly was first detected in North American in 2014 in Pennsylvania and has now... more »

Corteva Agriscience partners with Andermatt to provide biocontrol solutions

Corteva Agriscience and Andermatt USA announced July 14 a multi-year agreement for two technologies that will benefit U.S. farmers. Andermatt USA is the U.S. subsidiary of Andermatt Biocontrol AG, a global company that produces microbiological products... more »

USDA ARS, collaborators show technology to treat plant pathogens and pests

USDA Agricultural Research Service announced July 14 that they have found an innovative way to treat pathogens (harmful bacteria) and pests in citrus trees, potato and tomato plants without the use of antibiotics. In collaboration... more »

Proper steps identified to control pumpkin disease

I was recently asked about disease control programs for pumpkins. The following was modified from an article by Kate Everts in 2019 that I have added updated fungicide recommendations and additional information about certain diseases.... more »

All additional outstanding shares of Isagro S.p.A. to be purchased by Gowan

Yuma, Arizona-based Gowan Co. LLC announced July 7 the end of the acceptance period of the mandatory tender offer on all of the ordinary shares of Isagro S.p.A. not already owned by Gowan. Currently, Gowan... more »

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Penn State student farm evolves

Consumers seek information about sustainability

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Great Lakes EXPO is back to in-person event

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