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
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
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
While recently checking out the latest news on the CNN.com website, a video link caught my eye with the title “5 Foods You Should Never Eat.”
After three and a half decades of experience in agricultural journalism field, I figured the video was likely tied in some way to slamming pesticide use in agriculture....More
How vital are honeybees to U.S. agriculture? Every year, some $20 billion to $30 billion of U.S. production is dependent on pollination. Seventy percent of the crops Americans rely on for food are pollinated mainly by honeybees....More
Multi-state and institution research efforts funded by the USDA grant hope to uncover multiple ways to prevent the Asian citrus psyllid - less than one-tenth-inch long in size – from transferring bacteria from an infected tree to a non-infected tree....More