Crop protection

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…

Davide Agostini, grower with ReLash Lab

Trichoderma harzianum: a beneficial fungus for cannabis plants

In nature, within the mesosphere, and more specifically in that portion of the soil where roots are, symbiotic relationships are formed with fungi. Among these, there are some that are particularly beneficial for plants, and of course, for the cannabis plant. One of the most interesting surely is the…

US: USDA official says there are challenges giving hemp farmers insurance coverage

Providing crop insurance to hemp farmers might be a bit trickier than lawmakers expected when the crop was federally legalized. During a House Agriculture Committee hearing last week, panel leadership raised questions about the logistics of covering the plant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture…

Cameron Scott, Simon Fraser University

"Research on crop protection is a very important topic, at the moment"

Crop protection for medical cannabis production in greenhouses or outdoors is a very important topic at the present time. Regulations around the world prohibit the use of chemical crop protections and the search for alternatives to combat diseases and pests is an important one within cannabis operations.…

US (CA): Acquisition of new product lines to expand in the agricultural bioprotection market

Marrone Bio Innovations has acquired from Jet Harvest Solutions all rights and assets to the Jet Ag and Jet Oxide product lines. Jet Ag and Jet Oxide are broad-spectrum products used both for control of fungal and bacterial diseases and as disinfectants. "The transaction builds on a two-year relationship…

US: Federal grant funds research into removing chemical crop protection from cannabis

A federal agency is providing a quarter of a million dollars in funding to a biotech startup that’s developing technology to remove dangerous pesticides from a variety of crops, including cannabis. The National Science Foundation announced the $250,000 two-year grant to Brooklyn Bioscience last month.…

US (CO): Added cannabis fungus testing requirement

Commercial cannabis products in Colorado will soon be subject to further testing for dangerous fungus, according to the state Marijuana Enforcement Division. In a bulletin…

US: USDA, hemp farmers now qualify for federal crop insurance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Tuesday that hemp farmers operating under pilot programs authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill are now eligible for federal crop insurance for the 2020 planting season, while those who cultivate hemp under broader federal legalization in the 2018…

US: EPA announces review of chemical crop protection application for hemp

The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Wednesday that it is seeking public input on 10 chemical crop protection applications for hemp. While the crop and its derivatives were federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp farmers are still facing certain barriers as different agencies…

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…


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