Crop Protection

Solid-set canopy delivery system on track

If a solid-set canopy delivery system proves to be an efficient way to apply chemicals and other crop control measures, researchers are confident tree fruit growers would benefit immensely through reduced application costs and significant... more »

Felsot to serve as ESA’s pesticide expert liaison

Allan Felsot, a professor and extension specialist at Washington State University, has been selected to serve as a subject matter expert (SME) and liaison with the EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (EPA-OPP). ... more »

Bayer to halt future sales of Belt insecticide

The EPA's Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) has upheld an earlier EPA decision to cancel registration for Bayer’s insecticide flubendiamide, marketed in the U.S. as Belt, but is allowing sales of existing stocks to growers. The EAB... more »

Clemson workshop teaches how to grow healthy fruit

Bill Foster of Westminster was one of about 100 people who learned how to grow healthy fruit crops during a workshop at Clemson’s Musser Fruit Research Center Saturday. “I grow peaches, pears, apples, plums, blackberries,... more »

Consider presence of apple maggots when selecting an insecticide

High levels of apple maggot adult emergence have been detected at the Michigan State University Trevor Nichols Research Center in Fennville, Michigan, following rainfall events over the last week. Controlling apple maggots has been traditionally... more »

SWD egg laying affected by extreme drought, heat

The earliest ever arrival in New York State of this fast-reproducing insect rang alarm bells in anticipation of heavy infestations in early or mid-season berry crops that often escape damage. However, larval infestations have been... more »

Vestaron uses peptide technology to enter biocontrol market

Bolstered by recent EPA approval to delete the bee toxicity warning statement from its Spear biopesticide label, Kalamazoo, Michigan-based Vestaron continues to develop peptide-based insecticides that are expected to hit the commercial market this year.... more »

Considerations for hail-damaged cherries after storms

Cherry orchards were impacted by hail on July 8, 2016, and growers should carefully weigh options to determine future management strategies. First, growers should assess the level of damage as the outcome of this assessment... more »

How to respond to hail and severe storms

Strong storms are not uncommon in Michigan. These storms often have high winds, heavy rains and in some cases hail. Severe storms, especially accompanied by hail, have the potential to promote and spread serious diseases... more »

Bird management options for fruit growers

Many birds eat fruit to help meet their water requirements in addition to their energy requirements. In dry years like 2016, when other water sources are limited, birds depend on fruit to a greater extent... more »


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