A new pesticide is available for greenhouse ornamental production in Canada that has shown potential for effective suppression of difficult-to-control thrips and whitefly species.
But to keep this new tool effective, growers will have to use this chemical wisely. Keep reading for efficacy data on ornamental crops and best management practices for incorporating this chemical into your IPM toolbox.
With the holiday season over, it’s time to turn our attention to Spring bedding crops. Although here for a brief window, the diversity of these crops means you’re bound to encounter some sort of disease and insect problems.
One way you can head off issues is to plan and prepare now. This post has important tips on sanitation for common spring crop diseases, dipsandearly sprays to prevent key pests, as well as tips on where to spend your biocontrol dollars.
CleanFARMS will be offering its obsolete and unwanted pesticides collection campaign this fall.
This program allows farmers to bring in unwanted or obsolete agricultural pesticides, at no cost, to one of 27 collection sites for safe disposal at an approved waste management facility.
Note that these are single day programs, so you need to drop off at the assigned location on a specific day. For more information, and specific drop-off dates, you can see the Clean Farms Program poster.
For Niagara area growers, note that drop-offs will be accepted at Vineland Growers Co-op Jordan Station location on September 27, 2019.
Whitefly – especially Bemisa whitefly – are STILL one of the hardest insects to control with pesticides in the greenhouse industry,
Efficacy trials are key to keeping growers informed about which chemicals currently work and which don’t for Bemisia whitefly.
Entomologists at the University of Maryland and Delaware recently did such a study, and included newer pesticide registrations. If you missed the article in the July issue of Grower Talks magazine, keep reading for the link to their results and a Canadian take on the study.
Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica) adults are starting to take flight in southern Ontario. They have been spotted in Hamilton and Niagara this week. Read on for an updated post on WHAT and WHEN to spray for JB to meet certification requirements if you ship product outside Ontario.
Here in Canada, we’ve been talking for years about research on the highly effective method of dipping your poinsettia cuttings in low-risk pesticides to reduce starting whitefly populations.
Thanks to Dr. Rose Buitenhuis (VRIC), Cary Gates (FCO) and BioWorks, the label for BotaniGard WP has now officially been expanded to include dip applications. This now adds to our arsenal (see below for more dip products).
Read on for the current BotaniGard label and how dipping can help improve your Bemisia whitefly program this year, whether you’re using pesticides or biocontrol.