Crop protection

NL: Disinfection to prevent cross-contamination

Hygiene ... it seems to be the most used word in greenhouse vegetable cultivation lately. This applies to both the Netherlands and abroad. Jos Veugen from Frans Veugen Bedrijfshygiëne sees their Cart Desinfection Stations mainly going abroad. They are usually installed there as part of new construction…

US (AZ): Bill to determine allowable crop protections for MMJ

Saying he doesn’t trust the industry, a top Senate Republican wants an outright ban on the use of certain chemicals on the cannabis that Arizonans smoke, eat or drink. Majority Whip Sonny Borrelli said he appreciates that lawmakers last session finally approved a plan he has been pushing to require that…

EU regulations obstruct biological crop protection

Crop protection agents must become more sustainable. The EU and the Dutch government therefore accord preference to biological agents that work on the basis of micro-organisms and insects. However, new research conducted by Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and other institutes reveals that EU…

US (CA): Study to research safe chemical crop protection levels for cannabis

In January, researchers at the California Department of Pesticide Regulation and Sacramento State will offer cannabis users a $20 gift card in exchange for them anonymously sharing how much cannabis they consume in an effort to help determine accurate safety levels for pesticides used for cannabis…

‘Cannabis Business Iberia’ congress in Zaragoza from November 27 to 28

"Innovation of biological control in cannabis for medicinal use"

In the past few years, Koppert Biological Systems has become one of the world's reference companies on research applied to the biological control of pests for medical cannabis. "A productive sector with important growth expectations", is how they describe it.  Koppert has developed a complete package of technical…

Larry Nagle, licensed producer

“Compared to the THC space, the CBD side comes off as pretty much of a Wild West Show”

After a substantial amount of time in which hemp growers have been basically navigating a grey area regarding the production of hemp, the USDA has finally released some regulations to bring some clarity in this midst of confusion. Indeed, the problem of standardization does not only affect cannabis with…

Eric Poot, Wageningen University & Research

NL: "If botrytis gets into the crop, the damage can be massive"

In a recent episode of the Dutch TV program De Monitor, host Teun van de Keuken explored the Dutch cannabis industry after a consumer expressed concerns about the quality of the cannabis being sold in Dutch coffeeshops. Because of the construction surrounding the legal sale of cannabis in the…

Optimizing growth climate by steering the plant’s balances

Martin Helmich with Hoogendoorn Growth Management thinks that Plant Empowerment will also be a leading factor in the development of the medical cannabis industry. It is a part of Growing by Plant Empowerment (GPE). That is a new way of growing  and is introduced in the Dutch greenhouse industry by the Dutch…

US (TX): Cannabis products quarantined from Houston grower pending investigation into alleged illegal chemical crop protection use

All products from a Houston cannabis grower are on hold as the state Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office and Department of Environmental Conservation investigate alleged use of pesticides in its cultivation process. According to an AMCO advisory sent to cannabis retail stores on Nov. 1, which was…

US (AZ): Chlorine dioxide providing a solution for the medical cannabis industry

Since launching in 2012, Phoenix-based ProKure Solutions has been providing chlorine dioxide to restoration companies that clean up businesses and residences in the aftermath of catastrophes where bacteria, molds, viruses, parasites and odors linger and thrive.  But in recent years, ProKure president Alex…

Charlie McKenzie, CropWalk

Understanding IPM for large-scale cannabis operations

When it comes to product that is tested for chemical residues and microbials, it is important for growers to produce clean crops, but it is also of the utmost importance that products they have been using on plants are safe as well. “There is a finite list of what is allowed to be applied to cannabis and…

The importance of protecting one's crop

Managing a cannabis operation poses many challenges, but there are also some risks. Whether it is an indoor or an outdoor grow, the crop is exposed to many dangers. These might result in yield losses, which can potentially have a very negative impact on the finances of the grower. In agriculture, there…

Kam’s Growers Supply now supplying Bioline biologicals

At the Canadian Greenhouse Conference in Niagara Falls October 9-10, the Kam’s Growers Supply booth was bustling. The Bioline AgroSciences team was there to share the news that Kam’s will now be working with them to develop the Bioline brand and supply growers across Canada with their biological control agents. The Kam’s sales representatives are no strangers to bios a…

Will a smart approach to cannabis change traditional farming?

Controlled-atmosphere (CA) technology is applied in indoor cultivation spaces where plants grow in a "bubble-like" environment. Not an airtight environment, but a…

US (NJ): Photos showed mold and spider mites in cannabis plants, but officials say they’ve been debunked

Mold, spider mites and air conditioning fluid poured into plants — all three were used to characterize conditions at several medical cannabis providers in complaints that swirled around social media recently. But state Department of Health officials say the unverified photos are not evidence of…

Ray Junghans, RJ Chemicals president

“All the processes need to be evaluated, and then those Best Operating standards have to be extended"

When pharma companies produce medicine, they follow strict standards that ensure a consistent product, so that patients know they will get the same effect every time. However, when it comes to the medical cannabis industry, these standards are still being introduced. “I have seen many medical cannabis…

How important is microbial testing of cannabis products?

“Microbial testing in the cannabis industry is extremely important, particularly for immunocompromised medical cannabis patients who can get infected easily,” says Amanda Horodyski, the passionate microbiology manager at Atlantic Test Labs Inc, a cannabis testing service company. Giving a rare insight…

Mike D'Ambra, Innovative Solutions

How to proactively fight pathogens in medical cannabis operations

Prevention is better than cure. This is the motto that healthcare practitioners follow. No wonder that such a statement is particularly fitting in the context of the pharma industry. The objective is to take pro-active measures so you do not allow a specific condition to become more serious than it…


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