Crop Protection

Beneficials bring twospotted spider mite control on farms

The predatory mite Phytoseiulus persimilis can feast on twospotted spider mites and is widely released as a beneficial in greenhouses and some very high value field crops, like strawberries. It can be effectively released into... more »

Microbe sneaks past tomato defense system, advances evolutionary battle

When we think of evolution, many of us conjure the lineage from ape to man, a series of incremental changes spanning millions of years. But in some species, evolution happens so quickly we can watch... more »

Protein-based biologicals among trends in integrated pest management

Integrated pest management (IPM) is an evergreen topic in specialty crop agriculture, but the industry is always changing as new types of products emerge and techniques are developed. Here are a few trends in IPM... more »

EPA’s herbicide registration revisions target of bipartisan letter

U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., led a bipartisan effort Dec. 9 calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to delay potential herbicide registration revisions – such as dicamba registrations – that "could exacerbate existing herbicide shortages,... more »

Classifying methomyl as a restricted use pesticide proposed by MDARD

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is proposing classifying all formulations of the insecticide methomyl as a restricted use pesticide. This recommendation was made due to widespread misuse of the product, which... more »

Early scouting for spider mites pays off

Spider mites may may seem insignifigant but they can cause extensive damage and reduce yields if not caught early in the season. The two-spotted spider mite are very tiny (0.4 mm) and usually light yellow... more »

Field development manager for the Midwest hired by Certis Biologicals

Certis Biologicals recently hired Nick Vandervort as Midwestern field development manager. Vandervort joins the team of field development experts charged with managing field trial programs, providing technical support to the Certis Biologicals sales team and interfacing with... more »

Pesticides can affect multiple generations of bees, UC study finds

A new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis, finds that pesticides not only directly affect bee health, but effects from past exposure can carry over to future generations. The study, published in... more »

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Vegetable Growers News January 2022 Issue

Soli Organic thrives at indoor, in-dirt organic growing of herbs, greens

Pure Green Farms’ indoor-outdoor approach works well in broad market

Revolution Farms continues to expand greenhouse operation, providing ‘local’ greens to Midwesterners

Earthbound Farm ownership returned locally, and Taylor Farms continues to take organic to a higher level

Multiple approaches mitigate labor challenges

Reduced insecticide, IPM programs are key

AppHarvest grows indoors for tomatoes, other produce

Farm market business considerations for 2022, beyond

National Council of Agricultural Employers column: Farm, ranch community exudes essence of America

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