The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has wrapped up public workshops focused on obtaining input and feedback from the public about the use of pesticides near California schools.
The public sessions, which took place in May and June in Sacramento, Salinas, Ventura, Oxnard, Lamont and Coachella, were sparked by a media story written by the Center of Investigating Reporting concerning Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard....More
Vestaron Corporation, a developer of insect control products derived from naturally-occurring peptides, announced June 24 that its VST-006330-EP bio-pesticide has received a product registration and master label from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.
This follows last year’s registration with EPA and subsequent label expansion last month.
VST-006330-EP will be commercialized under the SPEAR trade name later this year....More
John Deere says its new four-cylinder 5E and 5ML series tractors pack a lot of heavy-duty power and versatility for utility tractors of their size.
The new four-cylinder 5E series tractors are built for many applications including livestock feeding, haying operations, roadside mowing, and property maintenance.
The two new 5ML models are low-profile machines good for work in orchards, livestock barns, and other environments with restricted heights....More
About 230 pest control advisers, growers, and other agricultural industry members gathered May 6-7 for the 2015 Desert Ag Conference held in Chandler, Ariz.
The crowd heard the latest information on about 20 agricultural issues and topics including pests in alfalfa, bee health, new leadership at the Arizona Department of Agriculture, the agricultural weather forecast, insect vector management, precision phosphate applications, cotton pest management, and more.
Enjoy these snapshots at this key Arizona agricultural event.
Agrian has developed a feature in recommendation writing program which will support the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) requirement to restrict the time of year products designated as non-fumigant high volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be applied.
Agrian users able to use the feature include those in the San Joaquin Valley counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, and Tulare, and the valley floor areas of Kern County....More
Syngenta has received EPA approval for its corn herbicide, Acuron. The first sales of the product to U.S. growers will take place this year.
Registration for Acuron in Arizona is expected in the 2015 fourth quarter.
In the United States, herbicide resistance, notably to glyphosate, is increasing with infestations of broadleaf weeds in corn up 50 percent in the past four years. Acuron has been shown to improve control of more than 70 weeds that are increasingly difficult for growers to manage, such as Palmer amaranth and giant ragweed....More
Excess sugars from insects are nothing new to the cotton industry. While it rarely occurs, the impact can threaten economic viability and product reliability across the fiber chain.
Most cotton growers and pest managers perform yeoman’s work to prevent high sugar levels. Yet, it can take just one or two people not quite thorough enough in cotton management to result in a problem issue and possibly create problems for many people across a cotton-growing region....More
More than 15 anti-pesticide bills were introduced this season in the Hawaii Legislature that would put unprecedented restrictions on larger agriculture entities and their use of pesticides. All of the proposed legislation has died for this year...More
Yara North America, Inc. has introduced the new fertilizer coating YaraVita Procote, oil-based micronutrient liquid suspensions which evenly coat each fertilizer granule.
Procote will be available in the elements zinc, copper, manganese, boron, and in combinations.
The product will be distributed in the U.S. by Nachurs Alpine Solutions....More
AgJunction Inc. has agreed to acquire Novariant Inc. through a merger transaction.
Combined, the two companies will establish a preeminent position in automated steering and machine control technologies worldwide, combining product portfolios and leveraging industry-leading intellectual property.
Specifically, Novariant and AgJunction will be better positioned to achieve market objectives through leveraging:
• A larger presence with more resources
• A broader OEM partner list...More
Westbridge Agricultural Products (WAP) says the California Department of Pesticide Regulation has approved its new Suppress Herbicide EC for use in the Golden State.
According to Westbridge, Suppress Herbicide EC is an effective new tool for organic growers. It is registered as a broad spectrum contact herbicide for post-emergent, plus non-selective weed control for use in and around all food and non-food crops....More
The 2015 Southwest Ag Summit is underway in Yuma, Ariz thisa week with about 900 folks are gathered to glean information on winter vegetables and other crops grown in the low desert farming regions in Arizona and California.
The summit opened with a field demonstrations with a wide variety of equipemtn and technology...from mechanized lettuce thinners to drone use in agriculture.
Enjoy these photos and informational cutlines.