Crop Protection

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has published a notice in the Federal Register that a draft guidance for industry on mandatory food recalls is available for public comment.The FDA has the authority to order...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

Harvard fruit project included in USDA nanotechnology grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)announced more than $3.8 million in funding to support grants focused on using nanotechnology to find solutions to societal challenges such as food... more »

Penn State: Spring management recommendations for pests

This year, the forecasted accumulation of degree days base 43° F for April 28, 2015, is even lower than the corresponding number for 2014. As the colder weather influences the general development of insect pests,... more »

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