Weeds found on field margins and ditch banks can provide insect pests with suitable resources for rapid population growth which subsequently can lead to insect infestations occurring in adjacent vegetable crops.
Bayer CropScience will soon be introducing a new class of chemistry that will be an alternative to imidacloprid, the company’s embattled systemic insecticide that has been implicated in honey bee deaths.
Summer is the perfect time for soil solarization in the Desert Southwest. The solarization of soil is accomplished by covering moist soil with clear plastic, allowing the sun’s energy to heat the soil over a period of time. This practice helps kill plant pathogenic fungi in the soil.