Crop Protection

How to manage SWD infestation

Our recent mild winter raised concerns about the potential for early season spotted wing drosophila (SWD) damage to berries, which were further increased when South Carolina strawberry growers observed infestation last month. We have now... more »

Diseases challenge Louisiana tomato season

LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Raj Singh has never seen so many different diseases of tomatoes in one season. Singh, known as the LSU AgCenter plant doctor because he’s director of the Plant Diagnostic Center, said... more »

Sandea supplemental label reduces pre-harvest interval on cucumber

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently approved a new Supplemental Label for Sandea (halosulfuron) on cucumbers, cantaloupes, Honeydews and Crenshaw melons. The pre-harvest interval (PHI) for cucumber has been reduced to 14 days. The PHIs... more »

Late spring gives Michigan onion growers weed problems

All dry bulb onions should be planted by now. Planting onions after May 10 results in smaller bulbs and smaller total yields. If fields intended for onions have not been planted yet, growers should consider... more »

Drosophila damage observed in South Carolina strawberries

Last week, South Carolina cooperative extension personnel issued a pest alert for drosophila damage in strawberries. It is impossible to visually distinguish drosophila larvae between species, but if fruit appear otherwise undamaged (meaning they have no holes,... more »

Climate change may redraw map of places to grow cold-sensitive crops

Oregon almonds and Louisiana oranges? It could be if future projections in hardiness zones come to fruition. A new study by University of Idaho (UI) researchers uses climate models to assess how the coldest temperature recorded... more »

EPA revokes registration of Dow herbicide

According to Midland Daily News, EPA has revoked the registration of Enlist Duo, a combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D created by Dow AgroSciences for the next generation of genetically engineered crops. Enlist Duo was initially... more »

Avian Enterprises buys Natural Forces, Ceannard

Avian Enterprises, manufacturer of Avian Control Bird Repellent, has acquired Natural Forces and Ceannard, makers of Rejex-it Fog Force, Rejex-it Migrate and other bird repellent products. “Avian Control Bird Repellent is the leader and most... more »

FDA holding public meeting on FSMA Preventive Controls rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today a public meeting to offer the opportunity for discussion on the recently finalized rules on preventive controls for human and animal foods under the FDA Food Safety... more »

USDA NASS begins gathering food safety data about vegetable operations nationwide

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is now surveying produce packers and other post-harvest businesses to help fruit and vegetables operations as they prepare to implement new federal food safety requirements.The... more »

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