Crop Protection

Cranberry school covers fruit rot, other threats

If Wisconsin cranberry growers had a higher incidence of fruit rot in 2016 than usual, should they intensify their fungicide spray program this coming season? Not necessarily, said University of Wisconsin (UW) Extension plant pathologist... more »

Freezing temperatures threaten Alabama strawberry, peach crops

The threat of freezing temperatures in Alabama quickly shifted strawberry growers from production mode into protection mode. Producers of both fruits are making preparations to protect their crops from frost and freezing temperatures. Alabama Cooperative... more »

Carrier develops natural refrigerant container units

Carrier Transicold has launched its NaturaLINE natural-refrigerant based system. Carrier Transicold is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. Carrier Transicold’s NaturaLINE is the first container refrigeration system to... more »

New Jersey to allow growers to protect flowering crops from deep freeze

With the state expected to plunge into a deep freeze for the next several days, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Department of Agriculture are working cooperatively to allow farmers to do... more »

Apply dormant sprays to manage fungal, bacterial diseases

I have to be brutally honest: I am nowhere near ready for the commencement of the 2017 season. Typically, I enjoy the breather between the marathon winter meeting schedule, which ended March 2, and the... more »

USDA announces $12.1M for crop protection, pest management

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has made $12.1 in funding available through the Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) Competitive Grants Program. The CPPM program supports research... more »

Reducing the risk of bitter pit in Honeycrisp apples

{Sponsored} Honeycrisp apples are the hardest to grow and the most prone to difficulties. Bitter pit, a disorder most commonly linked to calcium deficiencies in the fruit, is one of those difficulties. And it can... more »

Long-lasting insecticide nets show promise for BMSB control

In the effort to control the invasive brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), agricultural and urban pest management professionals may have a new tool to add to collection: long-lasting insecticide nets. Having been primarily used... more »

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