Sept. 2 was a great day for California agriculture and a major migraine headache producer for the anti-pesticide crowd.
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced that once again that the vast majority of produce the public agency tested in 2013 had little or no detectable pesticide residues and…posed no health risks to the public.
Let’s relish those last seven words – “posed no health risks to the public” – magic words in farm speak....More
Within the next decade, the results of traditional and laboratory research could begin to remove one of the most ferocious disease threats to California’s grape industry - Pierce’s disease - vectored by the glassy-winged sharpshooter (GWSS) pest.
“We are almost there in bringing to market the first round of solutions for the Pierce’s disease problem,” said Robert Wynn, statewide coordinator for the Pierce’s Disease Control Program administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)....More
While unpredictable weather may delay application timing of spring herbicides, more growers are adding a burn down application in the fall to their weed management program.
Though the focus when applying a fall burn down is to control of winter annual weeds, a fall burn down provides numerous benefits for soil health and pest management....More
Evogene Ltd. and Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. (MBI) have signed a multi-year collaborative agreement targeting the joint discovery of novel modes of biological action for insect control, followed by the development and commercialization of new pest control products by each company.
The target insects for the collaboration will be Lygus Hesperus, a sucking insect also known as the western tarnished plant bug; and Spodoptera exigua, a chewing insect commonly known as beet armyworm.
Both insects cause significant damage to a variety of major crops....More
The new continuing education course – The ABCs of MRLs – sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection and development by Penton Ag outlines the maximum residue (pesticide) level issue and how to find information on compliance with regulations established by 150 of America’s trading partners....More
Gowan Company, LLC has announced that its product Captiva, a natural repellent bio-insecticide, has received federal registration from the EPA.
Captiva controls thrips and spider mites and will be sold into a wide variety of specialty crop segments.
The registration represents a significant milestone as Captiva is the first product from Gowan’s distribution partnership pipeline with Ecoflora Agro to receive EPA registration....More
BASF has announced that its Nealta miticide – which provides mite control at all life stages - has received full, unconditional registration from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Nealta is labeled for use on almonds, pistachios, grapes, strawberries, apples, and pears.
The product provides growers with a miticide which can be used as part of an effective integrated pest management program.
Nealta has a unique site of action not found in any other miticide in the U.S....More
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation is now accepting for nominees for its 2014 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovator Awards.
DPR’s The awards are designed to recognize operations employing pest management systems based on scientific principles of IPM....More
Cheminova will launch two azoxystrobin fungicides for U.S. growers June 2.
The products include Azaka for broad spectrum disease control in peanuts, tree nuts, vines, and other fruits; and Equation for use on row and vegetable crops.
Growers can use Azaka and Equation for effective disease control and crop protection. ...More