Crop protection

NL: Canadian medical cannabis producers visit Holland

The large Canadian Licensed Producers of medical cannabis are faced with strict rules, when it comes to protecting their crops against pests and diseases. Andrew Hall, a Senior Consultant with A2B Engineering of Canada says: "Simply put, Canadian producers of medical cannabis do not have access to…

Canadian government invests to reduce chemical crop protection applications

Today, Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced an investment of…

Randal Raney, Clean Crop Solutions

“Regulations prevent growers from using any chemical solutions that can be potentially dangerous to end consumers.”

Just like any other agricultural product, cannabis and hemp too are subject to insects and pests affecting the plant. However, unlike other crops, cannabis and hemp are trickier to take care of when it comes to crop protection and pest management. “One of the main reasons is that the pharmaceutical…

US (OR): Hail damages hemp crop to Oregon grower

Hail hit the state of Oregon, and an hemp grower experienced damages to his crop. Even though the damages look very serious, under the LinkedIn post reporting the fact, many growers showed support and gave suggestions to improve a situation that, according to them, does not represent the end of the hemp…

Javier Villegas, of Koppert Spain: "Microorganisms are boosting a second green revolution"

"Growers are defenseless against the current bans on chemicals"

The use of natural microorganisms for the biological control of soil diseases is leading to radical changes in Spanish agriculture: a true revolution that is forever changing the way farming is done in vast areas in Spain. Microbiological products are residue-free and 100% natural solutions for the…

Assessing the risk of cannabis cross-pollination

When passage of the 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp, many people in agriculture celebrated the new opportunity that this crop symbolizes for our industry. The spring day when we planted our first hemp plots at Michigan State University Extension’s Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center…

An airborne mould, bacteria and contaminants defence system

Bluezone Australia announces the arrival of the Bluezone® Model 420 in Australia. "After a number of years in development and successful field trials in cannabis grow houses,…

US (SC): Regulators approve pesticides for hemp production

The South Carolina Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has approved a list of pesticides for use on hemp crops, removing a hurdle farmers have faced since the crop was cleared for production in the state earlier this year. Both federal and state law have been amended in the past six months to allow…

Biological Control Agents in cannabis

Koppert Biological Systems acquires Natural Enemies

Koppert Biological Systems announces it has gained a new partner in Natural Enemies. The Natural Enemies brand has built a reputation within the cannabis industry as a leader…

US (OR): Growing hemp could lead to cannabis production problems

As Oregon’s market for recreational cannabis hits headlines nationwide, its exploding CBD-driven hemp market is not far behind. The promise of profits from this has brought farmers from all ends of the industry, although some fear that the boom could lead to the crumbling of the entire cannabis industry.…

CAN (ON): Company develops protocols to certify cannabis clones are free of pests and pathogens

The Flowr Corporation has developed a Clean Stock Protocol, which is a propriety process to certify that Flowr’s clones are free of pests and pathogens. The use of the Clean Stock Protocol is in addition to industry standard Certificates of Authenticity that attest to THC and CBD content. Additionally,…

The transition and rise of Hempner International

In 2017 Swiss horticulture company Hempner International Ltd transitioned into cannabis crops. Today it’s one of the largest producers in the country, set on a rapid expansion. Daniel Zürcher, CEO at Hempner, shares the secret to success. Before Hempner International transitioned into the cannabis…

Biological control, beyond the point of no return

Future trends in biological control − as well as potential opportunities and obstacles, including constraints surrounding the development of novel bio-pesticides − proved a popular session at the recent IUPAC2019 Conference. The joint lunch meeting was hosted by Biobest*, pioneers and global leaders in…

CO2 Gro signs agreement with OrganicGrow solutions

Toronto based CO2 GRO has entered into an Agency Marketing Agreement with OrganicGrow Solutions to potentially accelerate the commercialization of GROW’s patent pending CO2…

"Beneficials help forge the way for medicinal-grade cannabis"

Wellness Connections’ IPM Specialist, Jeremiah Merrill, started in this industry by chance − but immediately found it a fascinating field to work in. “Our mission to improve the quality of life is something we can all strive for,” he says. “Cannabis is a growth crop. In recent years, increasing numbers…

How to ensure a contaminant-free cannabis product

Ensuring a contaminant-free cannabis product is no mean feat. Several factors contribute to this, including the industry’s ability to keep up with the meteoric rise of…

US: Hemp pesticide use

Ever since the 2018 Farm Bill legalized commercial production of hemp, state and federal regulators have found themselves playing catch up with production practices. That dynamic was on display when state and EPA officials gathered for the State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) in Arlington, Virginia, on June…

Lab-tested cannabis provides consumer safety

Although humans have consumed cannabis for thousands of years, the commercial cannabis industry has enlightened producers and consumers alike of the dangers which could be…


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