Crop Protection

Pyka wins FAA authorization for largest automated drone

Drone manufacturer Pyka has received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to commercially operate its zero-emission highly-automated Pelican Spray aircraft for crop protection nationwide. Based in Oakland, California, Pyka constructs large-scale and highly-automated... more »

UF study: aphids deter pollinators such as monarch butterflies from tropical milkweed 

Though aphids are the bane of many home gardeners’ existence, a new study University of Florida (UF) study shows the tiny pests also pose problems for the iconic monarch butterfly. Insect pollinators are essential for... more »

Cal Pol Strawberry Center Field Day sets attendance record

Nearly 500 strawberry growers, shippers, processors, researchers and agricultural stakeholders gathered for the seventh annual Cal Poly Strawberry Center Field Day. The event, on Aug. 3, is the largest research and education event for the... more »

NOA convention to bring growers, researchers together

Onion growers and researchers are planning to meet together for this year’s National Onion Association (NOA) convention. The Nov. 29-Dec. 2 convention in San Antonio, Texas, will be a joint meeting with the National Allium... more »

Expanded biologicals line promoted by Locus Agriculture

Locus Agriculture has expanded its biological line. The move comes as rising prices and fertilizer availability threaten crop productivity and profitability, U.S. farmers are turning to new biologicals. Biologicals can significantly boost return on investment... more »

Construction begins on USDA-WSU research building

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new plant sciences building that will house scientists from the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Washington State University (WSU). ARS and WSU... more »

Wholesum reports on social, environmental responsibility efforts

Organic grower Wholesum has released its annual Conscientious Company Report. The report from the Amado, Arizona, grower and shipper of Fair Trade Certified organic fresh vegetables highlights results in four areas for the calendar year... more »

Canada’s Global Hypergrowth Project selects Vive Crop Protection

Canada’s Global Hypergrowth Project selects Vive Crop Protection Vive Crop Protection Inc. has been selected as one of eight companies for the inaugural cohort of the Government of Canada’s Global Hypergrowth Project. Canada’s Global Hypergrowth... more »

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