Crop Protection

United Fresh executives appointed to USDA advisory committees

United Fresh’s President and CEO, Tom Stenzel, along with Senior Vice President, Food Safety and Technology, Dave Gombas, and Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Robert Guenther, have been appointed by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack... more »

Penn State: Insect fruit pests update for July

By now at least one generation of codling moth, oriental fruit moth, tufted apple bud moth and or obliquebanded leafroller should be completed and if our management effort was successful, the pressure from consecutive generations... more »

PMA gathers industry leaders to address produce safety policy

Produce Marketing Association officials convened leaders of the fresh produce industry, regulatory officials, and esteemed members of academia for a Produce Safety Policy Conference in Washington D.C. Topics discussed during the event were the Food... more »

Excessive rain promotes Phytophthora diseases in raspberries, strawberries

In a rainy year, there is a higher risk of diseases caused by Oomycetes, also called “water molds,” especially Phytophthora species, which thrive in waterlogged soils and areas with standing water for periods of time.... more »

Manager found guilty over apple storage unit deaths

Andrew Stocker, a produce manager in the United Kingdom, was found guilty of the manslaughter of two workers he asked to select apples from a low-oxygen storage unit without using breathing apparatus, according to The... more »

RHYME fungicide launched for powdery mildew control in grapes

California and Arizona growers have a new fungicide for disease management in fresh, table and wine grapes. Available for the first time in 2015, RHYME fungicide offers control of powdery mildew and black rot in... more »

First spotted wing Drosophila detected for 2015

The Michigan State University Extension spotted wing Drosophila(SWD) monitoring network detected the first SWD in traps baited with commercial lures late last week in Berrien and Benzie counties. The Berrien County detection was from a... more »

Disease management considerations for winter-injured blueberries

With winter injury hitting blueberries hard in 2015, it is easy to contemplate giving up on some fields altogether. If you have decided to forego harvest because there is not enough fruit to justify harvesting,... more »


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