Crop Protection

Professors describe a practical approach to biocontrols

For 20 years, Cornell University entomology professor Anthony Shelton has maintained and updated a website cataloging natural-born enemies of common agricultural pests.

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Hurricanes leave growers reeling

Specialty crop growers in Florida, Texas and the Gulf Coast are scrambling in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Irma dissipated Sept. 15 off the coast of ... more

Vestaron’s SPEAR-T bioinsecticide set for greenhouse applications

Kalamazoo, Michigan-based Vestaron, a company dedicated to improving the safety, efficacy and sustainability of crop protection through migration from... more »

Hot, dry weather increases risk of spider mites, thrips

Thrips and spider mites are common pest problems in many vegetable crops in Michigan. Thrips (Photos 1-2) and spider mites (Photo 6, bottom of art... more »

Syngenta expert: Top insect threats for 2018

Insects take a major toll on crops every season, and any advantage growers can get makes a difference. A Syngenta expert has studied trends and ... more »

HELM to buy Extreme-brand herbicide from BASF

Tampa, Florida-based HELM Agro US, Inc. announces the signing of an agreement to acquire Extreme herbicide from BASF Corporation. Extreme provides b... more »

Anuvia Plant Nutrients names Zughaft to senior vice president

Zellwood, Florida- based Anuvia Plant Nutrients has appointed Ed Zughaft senior vice president Asset Acquisitions and Finance. Previously, he was se... more »

Watch out for fungal diseases on melons

I’ve seen alternaria and anthracnose on melons so far this season, and have also had some calls with a concern about gummy stem blig... more »

Fertilgold Organics earns certification for fertilizer products

Fertilgold Organics, a new brand of organic fertilizer products from Bio Huma Netics, (BHN) headquartered in Gilbert, Ariz., has achieved Organic Mate... more »

Southern blight hitting Mississippi’s tomatoes hard

Conditions have been ideal this summer for a disease outbreak that makes tomatoes wilt and look like they are just too dry. Southern blight... more »

Downy mildew, late blight seen in mid-Atlantic region

Downy mildew has most recently been confirmed on cucumbers in southern New Jersey and Maryland. Sources of the disease are continuing to build in the ... more »

Gene editing approach aims for broad disease resistance in crops

A novel gene editing approach could hold the key to broad-spectrum disease resistance in certain staple food crops without causing physica... more »

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