Crop protection

CannaProtect

Know your enemy: the cannabis aphid

Of all the pests against which growers have to fight, there is one that is proving itself to be a very tough opponent: Phorodon cannabis, also known as the Cannabis Aphid. Originally spotted only in California many years ago, it has now reached different parts of the world, especially Canada. “One of the…

by Agdia

A molecular assay for detection of Hop Latent Viroid

Hop latent viroid (HLVd, Cocadviroid) is widespread, infecting cultivated hops, Humulus lupulus, worldwide. This pathogen was discovered during surveys for Hop stunt viroid (HSVd, Hostuviroid) in Spain and Germany during the late 1980’s. Initially, HLVd was referred to as “hop viroid-like RNA fast, or…

Eupeodes-System remains effective until late in the season

"Eupeodes corollae is found naturally all over Europe, from the Mediterranean to northern Europe," says Ines De Craecker, Product Manager Beneficials at Biobest. “Being a cold tolerant species, it is equally active in cooler autumn conditions. While some beneficials need warmer temperatures to perform,…

CAN: Biobest's Bluestim approved for Canada

Biobest has announced that Bluestim has been approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to use in Canada. Indoor and outdoor food, ornamental, turf and cannabis producers…

US (OR): Portland-based lab to adopt qPCR technology for cannabis testing

Medicinal Genomics announced that Rose City Labs has selected Medicinal Genomics' PathoSEEK qPCR platform for microbial testing in its Portland, OR, facility, the first in that state. "Rose City is capitalizing on its position as a industry leader by also educating cultivators on field sampling and…

BioBee

Creating a 'standing army' in the fight against pests

One of the challenges of biologically based Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is that natural enemies can only establish once pests are present. This head start allows pests to reproduce, causing plant damage, increasing the time and expense required for pest control and sometimes solicits chemical…

Insect suppression in the root zone: that's the key!

On the assumption that there is nothing more unpleasant and annoying than insects buzzing around your plants (mainly around the base), especially knowing that they can ruin your garden: have you thought about tackling the problem from below? Yep. There are different available options of biological…

Planning IPM for commercial cannabis operations

Being able to control pest pressure in a large-scale agricultural operation is of the utmost importance, as that has a direct impact on a company’s bottom line. This becomes even more important when the crop is extremely valuable, such as cannabis. This is the reason why Fluence and InSpire have been…

Fungal pathogens affecting the production and quality of medical cannabis

As the sales and consumption of medical cannabis increase globally, the industry is working hard to elevate its understanding on the many unknown aspects of cannabis plants. Cannabis crop protection certainly represents one of the fields that needs more light to be shed on, as this has to align with…

Pipp Horticulture

Plants and substrates

Sanitizing and cleaning the cannabis grow room

There are many methods to anticipate and treat issues early in the garden. One commonly utilized strategy for keeping plants clean of pests is called Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM applies a combination of techniques that are environmentally sound and reduce the need for pesticides. Preventing…

Raj Singh/LSU AgCenter

US (LA): Louisiana industrial hemp hit hard by Southern blight

Louisiana’s first industrial hemp crop is getting hammered by a fungal disease called southern blight. LSU AgCenter plant doctor Raj Singh says the disease is caused by a soilborne fungus called Sclerotium rolfsii. “The pathogen has a wide host range and is known to cause disease on more than 500 plant…

Kemin Crop Technologies

"We are the inside"

Enhancing plants’ natural potential in their natural habitat

“We are the inside,” says Emily Fuerst, R&D Director of Kemin Crop Technologies. This is a division of Kemin Industries, a privately held, family owned business which started in 1961 in Des Moines, Iowa. The company is now globally present, with over 2,500 employees and R&D facilities worldwide,…

Giving Tree Farms' experience with fighting the Hop Latent Viroid

"How we saved ourselves from a crop disaster"

Not everything in life goes as planned, but that's what keeps us moving forward on the road of innovation. Without hiccups along the way, we wouldn't fully understand where we can improve our implementations and operations, and we wouldn't learn the valuable bits of information that help us succeed in…


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