Crop Protection

New treatment may prevent losses from apple scab

Apple scab, a fungal disease affecting apple orchards in Illinois and worldwide, can significantly reduce fruit quality and yield. In fact, the disease recently damaged more than 50 percent of some apple varieties in Illinois... more »

Researchers study spread of BNRBV

Blueberry necrotic ring blotch virus (BNRBV) causes an emerging disease of southern highbush blueberry (SHB) in the southeastern United States. Disease incidence and severity vary considerably from year to year within the same planting. Experiments... more »

Recapping the 2015 California grape growing season

Life as a grape grower is taxing — Mother Nature always seems to be in charge, but she doesn’t always win. In 2015, California grape growers fought the weather, managed disease and came out on... more »

EPA revokes registration of Enlist Duo herbicide

According to Midland Daily News, EPA has revoked the registration of Enlist Duo, a combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D created by Dow AgroSciences for the next generation of genetically engineered crops. Enlist Duo was initially... more »

How grape growers benefit from BASF’s Nealta miticide

On Page 5 of the October issue of Fruit Growers News, we introduced you to Nealta® miticide, a product developed by BASF to fight against spider mite. Kate Walker, technical service representative for BASF, talked... more »

Avian Enterprises buys Natural Forces, Ceannard

Avian Enterprises, manufacturer of Avian Control Bird Repellent, has acquired Natural Forces and Ceannard, makers of Rejex-it Fog Force, Rejex-it Migrate and other bird repellent products. “Avian Control Bird Repellent is the leader and most... more »

BASF helps grape grower fight spider mites

Hot, dry weather has plagued the West Coast this summer; many aspects of agriculture have been affected. “Spider mites pressure is often worse during hot, dry weather, so the lack of rain has not helped,”... more »

TKI acquires Hexazinone herbicide business assets from DuPont

Tessenderlo Kerley (TKI) and DuPont Crop Protection announced the sale of certain of DuPont’s global Hexazinone solo product and its Hexazinone/Diuron-only mixture product business assets to TKI. The sale excludes assets in Brazil.  Financial terms... more »

Penn State: Final SWD update for berry growers

Spotted wing drosophila is present just about anywhere we look these days —even in berry fields where fruit is no longer present. At this point, this mainly matters to growers of fall raspberries, blackberries, and... more »

University of Illinois reducing crop production research

In the coming year, the University of Illinois’ College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) is reallocating its state resources in crop production research at its St. Charles, DeKalb, Brownstown and Dixon Springs research... more »


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