Crop Protection

APHIS deregulates Arctic Apples

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has deregulated two apple varieties that are genetically engineered (GE) to resist browning.Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny – part of the “Arctic” line of apple cultivars developed... more »

Anatomy of a new pest battle

FGN assistant editor Gary Pullano is blogging from the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Convention in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The manager of Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s (PDA) entomology program is optimistic a new invasive pest discovered... more »

Cercobin fungicide approved in California

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation recently approved registration of the fungicide Cercobin, a new formulation of thiophanate-methyl. California growers may now use Cercobin to control a broad spectrum of diseases affecting their crops, according... more »

EPA registers Sivanto for 2015

Bayer CropScience’s Sivanto insecticide has received registration from EPA and will be available for the 2015 growing season.According to Bayer, Sivanto precisely targets key damaging pests at multiple insect life stages to prevent damage to... more »

BEI demise spurs race to fill blueberry harvester void

When BEI International, a South Haven, Michigan, agriculture equipment supplier, went defunct last April, it left several growers throughout the country without their promised harvesting equipment and parts, and with little hope of recouping their... more »

USDA releases 2013 pesticide data summary

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has posted data from the 2013 Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual Summary. The PDP summary confirms that overall pesticide chemical residues found on the foods tested are at levels below the tolerances established... more »

Listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is collaborating with public health officials in several states and with FDA to investigate an outbreak of listeria monocytogenes infections (listeriosis).According to a news release, joint investigation efforts... more »

China lifts ban on U.S. Red, Golden Delicious

In October, China reopened its borders to Red and Golden Delicious apples from Washington state, lifting a ban that had been in place for more than two years, according to the Washington Apple Commission (WAC).... more »

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FGN February 2021

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Sweet cherry evolution a decades-long journey

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