Crop Protection

Spotted wing drosophila active in North Carolina blueberries

The first confirmed adult spotted-wing drosophila (SWD) in commercially grown blueberries for the 2019 growing season was captured early this week in North Carolina. While trap captures at this location were low, roughly three flies... more »

California’s first Medfly threat a significant memory for retiring official

California's first Medfly threat a significant memory for retiring officialCalifornia's first infestation of Medflies was remembered by a longtime official James Deese in a video series from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).... more »

Properly manage bacterial induced crown gall in grapes

Crown gall is a widespread and devastating disease, particularly in cool-climate regions in the world. Agrobacterium vitis is the bacterial pathogen that causes this disease in grapevines. The species A. tumefaciens, which is responsible for crown gall in several... more »

BioTEPP appoints two to board of directors

BioTEPP, the manufacturer of biopesticide Virosoft CP4, recently appointed two new people to its Board of Directors, Sylvain Lavoie and Hugo St-Laurent. Virosoft is registered and marketed in Canada and the United States where BioTEPP... more »

Marrone Bio appoints John Driver as Great Lakes territory sales manager

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI) (NASDAQ: MBII), a producer of sustainable biopesticide and plant health solutions, has appointed John Driver as U.S. Great Lakes Territory sales manager effective immediately. Driver brings over 19 years of... more »

Benson joins Drape Net North America as sales represenative

Drape Net North America has added Dean Benson as its West Coast sales representative. Benson has 26 years of agricultural risk management and crop insurance experience. Benson started his career as a crop insurance agent. His initial... more »

California EPA to cancel chlorpyrifos registrations

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) said May 8 its Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) would ban the use of the pesticide and toxic air contaminant chlorpyrifos in California by... more »

7 tips for controlling frustrating apple scab

Wet weather, which is bound to come in the weeks ahead, builds potential for apple scab, a fungal disease of apples. The apple scab disease fungus overwinters on dead apple leaves and fruit left on... more »


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