Crop Protection

Michigan blueberry growers warned of early SWD detection

  Spotted wing drosophila has made an early appearance in southwest Michigan blueberry fields. Carlos Garcia, Michigan State University Extension educator, issued the following notification for growers on June 24: "Today, while checking recently placed... more »

Methods to curb phytophthora root rot in northern highbush blueberry

If nitrogen is managed properly, a new study suggests that concerted use of gypsum and wide drip lines can help suppress phytophthora root rot in northern highbush blueberry and increase production in field soils where... more »

Designing effective baits for SWD is no easy task

Spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii), is an invasive fruit fly species from eastern Asia, first seen in the United States in 2008. The species is devastating to fruit crops, causing economic losses in the U.S.... more »

LAM International purchased by Certis USA

The biopesticide company Certis USA has acquired 100 percent of the shares of Butte, Montana-based LAM International. LAM International is a developer and manufacturer of several leading bioinsecticide products, including Botanigard and Mycotrol, and has... more »

Mediterranean fruit fly eradicated from Los Angeles County

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner’s office have eradicated a Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) infestation centered near the Panorama... more »

Fungicides applied at bloom may reduce fruit set in grapes

Figure 1. Grape cluster weight at harvest in response to a single fungicide application at full bloom in Concord grapes in Michigan in 2013. Control of fungal diseases in fruit crops relies on the regular... more »

New Delegate and Entrust labels allow for one-day PHI in bushberry crops

Dow AgroSciences has released new labels for their spinosyn insecticides Delegate and Entrust used in the bushberry crop group. These labels increase growers’ flexibility when they use Delegate and Entrust for managing spotted wing Drosophilaand... more »

Label expanded for use of Abamex on specialty crops

With an updated label for the insecticide Abamex from Nufarm, more specialty crops can benefit from the product’s control of pysllids, mites, leafminers and other pests. Abamex is a new low-volatility, water-based formulation of abamectin... more »

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