US (MA): Monson-based cultivation facility faces mold problems

Holistic Industries is battling a mold problem at a cannabis growing facility here that supplies cannabis to recreational and medical retailers. Reacting to complaints from employees, the Monson Board of Health has called for an immediate inspection of the 96 Palmer Road facility in concert with state…

Cornell University

US (NY): Projects aim to manage weeds in organic fruit, hemp farming

Weed control is a problem as old as agriculture itself, but two projects from a Cornell AgriTech researcher aim to cultivate new methods for zapping the pesky plants, benefitting organic apple and grape growers and hemp producers in New York state and around the country. Lynn Sosnoskie, assistant…

Bio-enzyme water cleaner receives OMRI certification

Trusted by California growers for their wastewater cleaning needs for over a decade, Aquabella® Bio-Enzyme is now also better for organically minded farmers. The product just received organic certification from the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI), which assures the suitability of products for…

US (CA): Concerns about pesticide use the focus of visit by state agency director

The Head of the State Department Of Pesticide Regulation toured a research farm in Ventura County. It was the mid-2000s and Teresa Gomez made a living as a farmworker in the fields of Ventura County. "I worked on the strawberries, blueberries, everything in the field," said Gomez. "I never knew how…

Powdery mildew resistance gene identified in cannabis

Dewey Scientific has published new data describing the first experimentally validated disease resistance gene in cannabis. The abstract, titled “Discovery and Genetic Mapping of PM1, a Powdery Mildew Resistance Gene in Cannabis sativa L”, can be found in the special topic “Cannabis IPM – Insect Pests and…

Integrated pest management for indoor cultivation pt. 2

We continue with part 2 of this series on plant pests and pathogens. In today’s article, we’ll look at spider mites, hemp russet mites, broad mites, powdery mildew, botrytis, pythium, and fusarium. Spider mites (Acari:Tetranychidae) feed on a variety of plant species by sucking the plant cell content…

The Native California ladybug voluntarily comes to Autumn Brands, eating all the aphids in their path and helping to produce cannabis crops without the use of insecticide sprays

How to grow clean, pesticide-free cannabis: Autumn Brands farms have ladybugs on their side

The Brand Family of Dutch descent has six generations of farming under their belt. That experience in sustainable and holistic farming is now making an impact in the cannabis world. Having teamed up with  Autumn Shelton to create Autumn Brands Farm, together Shelton and the Brand family, Hans, his son Johnny…

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UConn researchers identify pathogens infecting cannabis plants in CT

Cannabis has become an important part of Connecticut’s economy. With the recent legalization of adult recreational marijuana use, it is only expected to continue growing. This means it’s important to make sure cannabis plants themselves are also, literally, growing as well as they can. Ph.D. candidate…

Jason Talmage discusses methods to mitigate issues with the sneaky fungus

How to mitigate Fusarium wilt

Just like humans, plants also don’t want to get ill. But while humans can voice their complaints, plants express themselves by showing: that’s why it’s extremely important to scout and monitor plants on a daily basis, to see if everything is going well with them or there’s something that troubles them. A grower needs to be able…

Medisun

AI allows grower to scout cultivation for pathogens factoring human error out

"We are not just growers; we are scientists"

Medisun is one of the biggest Canadian cannabis producers. The company grows its cannabis in greenhouses covering 5 hectares. “The greenhouses utilize natural sunlight as well as active cooling and heating for lower costs. Heating is done with natural gas and CO2 exhaust is used as CO2 supplement for the…

Agdia releases rapid isothermal assay for detection

An emerging pathogen in cannabis

Curly top disease affects numerous commercially important hosts, including common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), cucumber (Cucumis sativus), industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa), pepper (Capsicum annuum), potato (Solanum tuberosum), spinach (Spinacia oleracea), squash and pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo), sugar and table beet (Beta vulgaris)…

Major changes at International Pheromone Systems

Fast-growing Cheshire-based International Pheromone Systems (IPS) has strengthened its technical team with the promotion of Payman Shafighi to the new role of Technical Business Development Manager. The new appointment coincides with a recent move to new premises in Neston, Cheshire, and the opening of…

Integrated pest management for indoor cultivation pt. 1

In this new article series sponsored by Hawthorne Gardening Company, we are going to explore the biggest enemies of growers: pests. With today’s article, we start investigating the most dangerous pests for crops such as cannabis, lettuce, saffron, and so on, and how they ravage our favorite plants. In…

AI-powered cameras spot cultivation issues 24/7

“I grew up on a farm,” says Asaf Levy, co-founder and CEO of MyCrops. “My parents have struggled with cultivation issues for as long as I can remember. You need to detect cultivation issues in a timely fashion; it’s a problem in the entire agricultural industry.” Then, Asaf met Assaf Gavish – co-founder…

Plant booster and protection hits Spanish market

SIPCO Innovations is pleased to announce the launch of its new product Hyshield in Spain this August, in partnership with Hortitec. This European launch comes after the success of Hyshield™ in the North American market and the increasing demand for this product in the marketplace. Hyshield is derived from…

Corteva Agriscience and Andermatt USA announce agreement for two technologies

"We are enabling additional tools for sustainable production"

Corteva Agriscience and Andermatt USA announced today a multi-year agreement for two technologies that will benefit U.S. farmers. Andermatt USA is the U.S. subsidiary of…

Improved biodegradable packaging boosts Orius-System performance

New improved 100% biodegradable packaging for Biobest’s Orius-System is set to deliver benefits to growers this season – not least enhanced establishment and performance of the voracious thrips predator.  As part of its continuous product improvement program, Biobest has redesigned the packaging for its popular…

Reset pest populations with Protac SF

"Now is the time to knock pest hot spots back"

"With temperatures rising and pest hot spots appearing in many protected crops, now is the time to knock them back with Protac SF – a new fast-acting contact control,"  says Tim Crittenden, Technical Sales Manager at Biobest UK.  "Widely adopted by UK growers of berries, tomatoes, peppers and aubergines – as…

“We need to administer pest control solutions in advance of the problem”

According to Casey Decker, general manager at Global Horticultural USA, roughly 80% of the company’s new clients are cannabis operators, who turn to biological insect control due to the narrow list of approved pesticides and fungicides. Casey is also the owner of Sierra Biological, a producer of…


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