Crop Protection

Produce Safety Alliance schedules first two Train-the-Trainer Courses

The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) has scheduled its first two Train-the-Trainer Courses for June 2015.The PSA Train-the-Trainer Courses are for those interested in becoming PSA Certified Trainers or PSA Certified Lead Trainers and who use... more »

USDA funding available for food safety training, outreach, technical assistance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $2.3 million for the establishment of regional centers to support comprehensive food safety training and education, pursuant to... more »

Specialists forecast the fire blight season for 2015

Fruit Growers News asked specialists from several regions to discuss the prospects for fire blight in the coming season. Their observations, made in the last few days, are below.WestTimothy Smith, Washington State University: It rained... more »

The challenges of disease control during rainy spells

While relatively dry, cool conditions in early spring may have delayed pathogen development, recent warm, wet conditions mean that fungal and bacterial diseases are getting a jump start. This even applies to powdery mildews, which... more »

Carolina Locust introduces sustainable agrarian products

Carolina Locust launched a new line of sustainable agrarian products for the 2015 gardening season.This new agrarian line provides a wide variety of products for the garden including vineyard and orchard stakes, posts, compost bins,... more »

USDA seeking public comment on mandatory food recalls draft

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has published a notice in the Federal Register that a draft guidance for industry on mandatory food recalls is available for public comment.The FDA has the authority to order... more »

Penn State: Fire blight alert this week

All predictive models indicate a high risk for fire blight infection this week due to the high temperature, humidity, and chance of rain showers in the forecast. Growers should begin protecting blossoms with streptomycin on... more »

Pennsylvania growers: Install pheromone dispensers this week

From the insect perspective, the weather pattern of the 2015 season looks very similar to weather observed during the 2014 season. The 2015 season biofix for the Oriental fruit moth (OMF) was established on April... more »

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