Crop Protection

Biotic vs. abiotic: Diagnosing plant damage

When growers think of plant diseases, they usually consider those that are caused by living organisms like fungi, bacteria, viruses and nematodes. These diseases are termed “biotic” and are infectious, meaning that under the right... more »

Economics, sustainability drive the global biologicals market

The global agricultural biologicals industry is set to explode from a market of about $9 billion currently to more than $25 billion by the end of the decade, but there are hurdles and more growing... more »

Safeguard and treat pumpkin, squash for powdery mildew

Pumpkin and squash are prominent members of the cucurbit family, along with melon, zucchini and cucumber. According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, nearly 130,000 acres of pumpkin and squash crops were planted nationally, predominantly... more »

Healthy soil, tech help Southern Valley survive tight times

Valuing soil health and containing costs, accompanied by hard work and family involvement help Southern Valley Fruit & Vegetable thrive. Southern Valley, Norman Park, Georgia, grows and packs a variety of vegetables, including bell peppers,... more »

Botanical Solutions Inc. sees growth, recognition, in biologicals

Quillibrium, a biopesticide from Botanical Solutions Inc., continues to see increased sales through a partnership with Syngenta, and expansion plans are expected to boost them further. The company reports Quillibrium saw a growth of more... more »

Field disease diagnostics focus of Corteva, Alveo partnership

Corteva Agriscience is partnering with Alveo Technologies to expand the offering of new eco-friendly molecular sensing and disease diagnostics technologies. The partnership of the ag chemical and seed and molecular diagnostic products companies plan to... more »

$1 million grant studies California’s sustainable pest management

A $1 million California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) grant will study sustainable pest management (SPM) by charting the decision-making process of 200 of the state's pest control advisors. The grant, announced by CAPCA,... more »

Organically Grown Co. launches ‘Organic is the Answer’ campaign

Organically Grown Co., an Oregon produce distributor, has created a public service announcement-styled campaign with calls to action for consumers and retailers to promote the organic sector. “Organic is the Answer,” which provides resources for... more »

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