pest control Tag

Related ATTRA publication: Cucumber Beetles: Organic and Biorational Integrated Pest Management The University of Kentucky, in cooperation with Iowa State University, Current Cucurbit, Cornell AgriTech, and USDA-NIFA, is conducting a survey to learn about grower experiences using row covers and their willingness to adopt a new row cover approach known as mesotunnels. The study involves evaluating the use of mesotunnels in the eastern portion of the United States for control of the full range of pests and diseases in organic production of cucurbit crops. Cucurbit growers in the eastern United States are invited to participate in the anonymous online survey, whether they...

University of Florida scientists found that biopesticide and the predatory mite Amblyseius swirskii can more effectively control the chilli thrips pest on strawberries than traditional pesticides can. Sriyanka Lahiri, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of entomology, infected strawberry plants with thrips and then treated them with biopesticide and introduced predatory mites. The fruit of the treated plants had less fruit damage than untreated plants. Chilli thrips is a significant pest of strawberry crops in Florida, causing economic loss to growers....

Related ATTRA Publication: Pruning for Organic Management of Fruit Tree Diseases Researchers at Iowa State University, The Ohio State University, and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) partnered to find ways to make apple-orchard pesticide applications effective while causing the least harm to the environment. They found that a targeted spraying method that used laser beams and sensors to detect foliage could reduce overall pesticide use by 30-70%. In addition, using a weather-based warning system that measures the number of hours that humidity is over 90% in the orchard helped indicate the appropriate times to use fungicide. This cut fungicide applications by 25%....

For the past growing season, my staff and I have been involved with designing and managing a cover crop mix in pecan orchards in Northern California to attract beneficials, which provide some control of two species of pecan aphids.
Rex Dufour, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist...