Pest Control

It’s a good time to check vegetables for root knot nematode

As this growing season winds down, and for the next few weeks, it is a good time to examine vegetable roots for root knot nematode (RKN). I would be suspicious of having RKN if my... more »

Mastronardi completes fifth EFI certification

Mastronardi Produce (sold under the Sunset brand) has certified its fifth operation through Equitable Food Initiative. According to a news release, this certification marks a milestone for Mastronardi, making it one of just a handful of... more »

Pennsylvania agriculture finds another harmful pest in its midst

A few weeks back, you were alerted that the Swede midge was found on a Pennsylvania farm. We now warn you about another invasive pest, jumping worms. Jumping worms (Amynthas spp., also known as Asian... more »

Pennsylvania vegetable, berry crops impacted by weather, disease, pests

On Aug. 21, 2020, a drought watch was issued by the Department of Environmental Protection for 16 counties in Pennsylvania. These counties include McKean, Potter, Cameron, Clinton, Clearfield, Center, Butler, Armstrong, Indiana, Cameron, Blair, Huntingdon,... more »

Plant chemicals are a trick or treat for insects

Plants contain a mixture of hundreds of unique chemicals that can attract or repel pests like caterpillars. For the caterpillar, this means they can choose from a buffet of tasty plants with varying phytochemicals. Some... more »

Label to manage target lepidoptera larval infestations in California crops set

BT Now biological insecticide is now labeled to manage target lepidoptera larval infestations in California crops. BioSafe Systems’ BT Now controls larvae by using a novel strain of the bacteria, Bacillus thuringiensis ssp. kurstaki (Btk)... more »

Animal, plant pest and disease threats topics of APHIS feedback plea

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking feedback on its proposed list of pests and diseases of concern that are likely to pose a high risk to... more »

Cinnerate expands use for aphid, disease control in vegetables

Sym-Agro’s Cinnerate broad-spectrum insecticide, fungicide and miticide gives vegetable growers a new tool to protect their crops from disease, aphids and more. “Aphids can present a significant challenge for vegetable growers, especially organic growers, who have... more »


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