Central Coast growers are continually working toward implementing best management measures designed to keep crop production plentiful and profitable in the region, while improving the quality of our water supplies for now and for future generations to come....More
Cheminova Inc. has announced the new herbicide active ingredient pethoxamid which the company says will help growers manage herbicide-resistant weeds, including Palmer amaranth, waterhemp, and other important broadleaf and annual grass weeds.
Pethoxamid is a novel selective chloroacetamide. Classified as a Group 15 herbicide, pethoxamid inhibits the germination of target weeds. It can be applied pre-emergence or post-emergence.
In the U.S. and Canada, major crops slated for its use include canola, corn, cotton, rice, soybean, and sunflower....More
U.S. Fish and Wildlife is launching a campaign to restore habitat for monarch butterflies. But its one year review of the monarch for Endangered Species Act status has agricultural interests concerned....More
After several years of development, Toro announces its new Aqua-Traxx FC (Flow Control) drip tape. This product creates an entirely new category within the drip irrigation marketplace.
In the past, growers had to choose between uniformity and control over flow rates. Now, Aqua-Traxx FC provides growers with improved uniformity compared to turbulent-flow devices, and superior ability to control overall system flow rate compared to pressure-compensating devices.
This is made possible through the design of the flow control emitter....More
The USDA encourages farmers and ranchers to make their voices heard by voting in the current Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee elections. Completed ballots must be mailed to FSA by Dec. 1....More
Valent U.S.A. Corporation (Valent) and Minneapolis-based MGK have a new agreement to manage the marketing and sales of MGK’s crop protection line of insect control products in the U.S. effective April 1, 2015.
The addition of the organic and sustainable product line from MGK into the Valent portfolio will create a mix of unique and valuable chemistries for managing organic and sustainable agriculture.
MGK products control a broad spectrum of insects on many agricultural crops....More
Terry Stark, who has guided the California Association of Pest Control Advisors over the last decade, plans to retire Dec. 31 and return to his home state of Texas with his wife Sylvia.
Stark's lessons learned in the Marines and politics primed him to lead CAPCA at the right time. He leaves CAPCA as a stronger and more influential organization, according to those who have worked with him.
Compass Minerals, a leading producer of specialty potash fertilizer in North America, introduces Protassium+, the company’s newly branded sulfate of potash, also known as K2SO4.
Protassium+ is a premium, high-quality source of potassium with sulfate sulfur which provides good superior plant and crop nutrition which top growers demand. ...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