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
Attempts by the State of California to implement efforts to deal with the state’s drought – a three-year fry affair - get more ludicrous week after week. It’s unconscionable how California government turns a mostly deaf ear to water conservation and better water planning for inevitable dry spells by doing little - nada – zilch – to help resolve the problem.
One of the latest nonsensical ideas is the State Water Resources Control Board’s July 15 announced emergency regulation asking urban residents to reduce outside water use or face a fine....More
On June 9, the USDA designated Yuma County in southwestern Arizona as a primary natural disaster area due to recent drought.
Farmers and ranchers in La Paz, Maricopa, and Pima counties in Arizona also qualify for natural disaster assistance since these counties are contiguous.
Farmers and ranchers in California’s Imperial County also qualify for natural disaster assistance since the county is contiguous....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
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