Crop Protection

MSU Plant & Pest Diagnostics gets a new website

Michigan State University (MSU) Diagnostic Services has recently changed to MSU Plant & Pest Diagnostics. Our diagnostic facility was established in 1999 through Project GREEEN and since then we have served homeowners, growers, nursery and landscape... more »

Agragene’s Knock-Out uses live sterile male insects for pest control

Agragene Inc.has acquired an exclusive, worldwide license to Precision-Guided Sterile Insect Technology from the University of California. According to a Sept. 24 news release, Agragene uses this technology to create environmentally responsible insect pest control products... more »

BASF launches Operation Weed Eradication for growers

BASF launched on Sept. 24 a new industry-wide initiative to eliminate on-farm weeds. Operation Weed Eradication calls on growers and partners to take action against troublesome weeds in their fields, through cultural practices, chemical control... more »

Portable technology sniffs out plant disease In the field

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed portable technology that allows farmers to identify plant diseases in the field. The handheld device, which is plugged into a smartphone, works by sampling the airborne volatile... more »

BHN hires new senior director of field research and technical services

Bio Huma Netics Inc. (BHN), has hired Mojtaba Zaifnejad to be senior director of field research and technical services. In this position he will oversee the company’s agricultural product-use research and field trials for its Huma... more »

USDA surveying fruit growers about chemical use

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Olympia, Washington office said in a Sept. 9 press release it would soon begin surveying fruit growers in 12 states for its biennial Fruit Chemical Use Survey. This survey... more »

Marrone Bio acquires Jet Ag and Jet Oxide product lines

Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. (NASDAQ: MBII), a developer of bio-based products for pest management and plant health, has acquired from Jet Harvest Solutions all rights and assets to the Jet Ag and Jet Oxide product... more »

MSU seeks state growers’ input on wildlife damage to crops

Agricultural producers face a plethora of wildlife issues on the farm, from biosecurity in animal agriculture to food safety requirements for fresh produce farmers. Many wildlife species have social or economic value and may be... more »


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