Crop protection

UV system means ‘lights out’ for strawberry pathogen

When the light goes on, it’s lights out for a ruinous strawberry pathogen. Just imagine this: Pulling an ultraviolet lamp behind a tractor out into your farm in the middle of the night, pointing the UV light at the strawberries and zapping powdery mildew right out of the leaves and fruit. That’s the idea…

Continuously monitoring thrips and whitefly

Whitefly and thrips are widespread major agricultural pests of various vegetable, ornamental and field-grown crops. Key species include the sweet potato whitefly Bemisia…

Regulatory changes expected to restrict smaller companies’ ability to provide beneficial microbes

While early 2020 cast a dismal outlook for Green Search Inc., the biotech company quickly bounced back amid the pandemic and finished the year with its high revenues yet. According to Remco Kostwinder, president of Green Search Inc., “The magic was in being flexible and seeing where we could fit in the…

US (FL): UF/IFAS scientists provide insight on hemp mites for growers

The latest information on mites known to attack hemp plants in Florida has been released by University of Florida scientists. For growers contemplating — and who have begun — growing hemp as part of farm trials associated with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Industrial Hemp…

Bioline Agrosciences (InVivo) acquires Kenyan biocontrol company

"This acquisition is a unique chance for us to consolidate our position in Africa"

Bioline Agrosciences (InVivo Group) announces the acquisition of the Kenyan Biocontrol Company Dudutech from the British Company Flamingo Group International (a World Leader in the production and sale of Cut Flowers & Plants and Fresh Vegetables). The acquisition of Dudutech marks an important step for…

Anoo Solomon, CannaProtect IPM Solutions

A very dangerous cannabis pathogen: the Hop Latent Viroid

Since Humankind started farming crops, the fight against the plethora of pests and pathogens has existed. Even when growers transitioned indoors or to a greenhouse, the pressure from pests continued to be present. Cannabis growers have to deal with a number of pathogens. For them, however, this can be…

Hanna Brand, co-founder of Autumn Brands

"We trusted our process and were able to protect our crop in the most natural way possible”

California is globally renowned for his cannabis culture. Home of the famous Emerald Triangle, the cannabis grown in this American state has always been surrounded by a sort of mystical aura. It does not come as a surprise then, that licensed producers based in the Golden State strive to live up to their…

“This is a preventative way of working when you already have too high of a pressure."

Protecting a medical cannabis crop from harmful pathogens is one of the biggest challenges that growers face on a daily basis. The impossibility to use any chemical crop protection, in addition to the necessity to ensure high-quality consistently, makes it a hard task. Exactly because of this, there are…

CannaPharmaRx

CAN (SK): Offer to purchase Saskatoon-based facilities accepted

CannaPharmaRx's offer has been accepted to purchase the facilities, as well as certain assets within and/or related to such facilities, including the title to related fee simple lands required for the cannabis cultivation and production business located at, and operated out of, Sasksatoon, Saskatchewan.…

The Valens Company

A look at The Valens Company's testing lab

Ensuring high quality throughout the production cycle

As bitter as it may sound, the cannabis industry has become accustomed to product recalls. Cannabis cultivation is an incredibly regulated part of horticulture, and growers are limited in terms of products and methodologies they can use. Being such a new industry, it is neither uncommon that some growers…

Spotlight on thrips

There are over 6,000 species of thrips worldwide, including some which are predatory and many that survive on fungus alone. “While only around 1% of thrips species damage crops – they include some of the most economically important pests of global agriculture,” explains Biobest’s IPM and Pollination Specialist Simon Foster.…


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