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  • From Industrial Pesticides to Integrated Pest Management: A New Trend in Vineyard Practices

    By Thomas Grandperrin

    Updated Dec 14, 2020 

    This article was initially published on The Wine Industry Advisor as part of a series on biological control and Integrated Pest Management written by UAV-IQ Precision Agriculture. Grape growers are facing increased threats from invasive insect pests. The issue with those non-native species is that there are often no naturally occurring enemies capable of controlling them and new Integrated Pest Management (IPM) protocols might take years to be developed, forcing growers to rely on broad-spectrum insecticides until more ecologically friendly alternatives are available. A notable example of an invasive pest affecting California vineyards is the vine mealybug, which is a major pest of grape vines not only because of the damage they can cause to the fruit but also for the viruses they transmit, such as the grape leafroll-associated virus... Kent has led several research projects on vine mealybugs and the development of ecologically-based insect pest management systems in vineyards and other perennial crops, such as almonds, pistachios, grapes, and stone fruit...

    Categories: Organic Specialty Crops, Sustainable Agriculture

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    How Precision Technology can Tackle Cotton’s Irrigation and Pests’ Challenges in the 2020s

    By Vijayalaxmi Kinhal

    Updated Aug 7, 2020 

    Climate Change is Altering Pest Attack PatternsIncreasing drought and extreme weather due to climate change are impacting cotton in unforeseen ways... Experts noticed since 2019 that the feeding and reproductive patterns of pests have changed... Though the pests are not new to cotton the timing of their attack and their sheer numbers is... ”Drought has also increased spider mites and whitefly populations, pests that can affect cotton quality... Integrated Pest Management (IPM) recommends the use of an ecologically suitable combination of biological and cultivation practices to reduce pest numbers and adding pesticides as a last resort...

    Categories: Cotton, Irrigation, Precision Agriculture

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    An Introduction to Augmentative Biocontrol

    By Thomas Grandperrin

    Published Apr 7, 2020 

    In the previous article in this series we discussed classical biocontrol, which is the practice of identifying the origins of pests found in local fields, then finding the natural enemies of those pests in their foreign origins and bringing the “enemy of my enemy” (otherwise known as “beneficials”) back from their homelands to local farms to renew old rivalries and help suppress pest populations... But a lot of the pests damaging our crops are actually native to our regions and already have local natural enemies... AUGMENTATIVE BIOLOGICAL CONTROL IN ACTIONWhen existing natural enemies populations dip, growers who implement biocontrol as part of their Integrated Pest Management plan can re-release beneficials on a regular basis instead of using pesticides... For example, unlike the use of broad-spectrum pesticides that can affect the natural enemies population and thus could encourage future pest outbreaks, augmentative biocontrol is often an ideal long-term solution. Additionally, growers are facing pesticide resistance issues which force them to look for alternative pest control strategies...

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    How to Cultivate Cotton Organically

    By Vijayalaxmi Kinhal

    Updated Oct 24, 2020 

    It takes three years for farmers to convert to organic farming, as this is the time required for soil to become free of chemical fertilizers and pesticides... Usually, 30% of flowers result in bolls, but drought, pest, waterlogging, or low temperatures can bring this figure down to 10%... Hybrids resistant to common pests like bollworms, aphids, miners, and jassids make these hybrids suitable for organic farming... These varieties have the advantage of being more pest-resistance than the hybrids, but produce lower yield and shorter fibers... Common boll pests are the American bollworm, pink bollworm, spotted bollworm, spiny bollworm, and cutworms Leaf sucking pests are the aphids, whitefly, spider mites, cotton stainer, and thripsA combination of crop rotation, intercropping, and Integrated Pest Management can help in the biological control of pests...

    Categories: Cotton, Organic Specialty Crops, Sustainable Agriculture

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    Hydroponics 101: A Basic Guide to Start Soilless Cultivation

    By Miriam Pitzalis

    Updated Aug 20, 2020 

    Advantages and disadvantages of soilless cultivationSoilless cultivation has numerous advantages like:- Increasing unit yields and anticipating harvest- Improving the quality of the final product, such as the size and uniform physical-chemical characteristics of the fruits, due to the controlled and accurate management of nutrition and climatic parameters- Using easily replaceable structures in case of reconversion- Reducing the labor for demanding processing operations, such as tillage and soil disinfection- Reducing water consumption, especially in plants managed in a closed cycle in areas with limited water availability- Reducing the use of pesticides and adopting integrated pest management strategies more easilyAlthough the advantages can be very encouraging in the decision to adopt these systems, it is also necessary to consider the disadvantages and difficulties that must be faced: - Insufficient know-how to understand how to manage fertigation, irrigation, crop care and automatic control unit technology - Need for constant monitoring of various parameters, such as EC, pH, nutrient solution recipe and climate- Greater risk of incurring water or saline stress in case of a blackout, which renders the whole system unusable - Medium-high initial investments - Difficulty in reaching potential productions in the first years, due to facilities management problems - Difficulty in disposing of inorganic substrates at the end of use - Dispersion of the exhausted nutrient solution in the surface layers when using open-cycle systemsWhen you decide to cultivate with a soilless system, you need to choose the ideal system type depending on the place where you intend to work, the plant species, the size, and the budget available... On the other hand, organic materials ensure the buffering capacity, limiting radical changes in pH at the root system level, due to incorrect management of the nutrient solution... The irrigation plan management is equally important so that water imbalances do not occur: ideal irrigation must return a drainage water volume of around 30% of the volume applied... Practical tips for optimal management of soilless cultivationRegardless of the type of cultivation system, some operations must be carried out for appropriate and efficient cultivation management. The main periodical or daily activities are:- Monitoring the pH and EC in the nutrient solution (Inlet, outlet and on the drained one)- Monitoring the applied and drained irrigation volumes (make sure that the drainage is 30% of the volume applied)- Monitoring the temperature, humidity and solar radiation - Checking the occlusion status and the correct positioning of the drippers (they must not be too far from the root zone)- Monitoring oxygenation level in the nutrient solution, in the case of the floating system- Monitoring periodic plants health (physiological alterations, pests or fungal attacks)- Wearing protective suits and shoe covers...

    Categories: Irrigation, Precision Agriculture, Vegetables

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    Why Insectary Habitats Are Key In Organic Agriculture

    By Thomas Grandperrin

    Published Jul 27, 2020 

    This article is part of a series on biological control and Integrated Pest Management written by UAV-IQ (www... Gina has been a pest control advisor (PCA) for 30 years and a certified crop advisor (CCA) for over 15 years with a sub-specialty in sustainability... “A lot of the adult predators rely on pollen and nectar as their sole food source but then it's their immature stages that are predaceous on the insect pest. The same thing is true for parasitic wasps, which are floral feeders at an adult stage, but it's their eggs that they lay within the pest that kills it... ”She explains that adding insectary habitats in the field helps to reduce insect pests, but she warns growers that “it’s important to pick the right insectary habitat for your crop...

    Categories: Cover Crops, Organic Row Crops, Vegetables

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    Royal Knight AG United States, PA, Philadelphia

    Business Title: Royal Knight Ag
    About: Royal Knight AG is a Science Based Educational Consulting company providing Agricultural support using (IPM) Integrated Pest Management and CARBON NEUTRAL fertility. Our goal is to promote metabolic growth throughout the entire plant life cycle. We are Sustainable Agriculture. For more info check out www.royalknightagriculture.com
    Interests: Wheat, Precision Agriculture, Organic Row Crops, Marketing, Agribusiness, Grapes, Berries

    Weed Control in Organic Soybean Farms

    By Vijayalaxmi Kinhal

    Updated Oct 24, 2020 

    Weeds not only compete with soybeans for space, light, and nutrients, but they can also transmit diseases and pests, and cause problems during harvesting. Since chemical treatment is not allowed in organic farming, Integrated Weed Management (IWM) that relies on avoidance, prevention, and extermination of weeds with cultural, mechanical, and biological means is ideal... Figure 1: Multiple strategies to control weeds through Integrated Weed Management (IWM)... A rotation can break disease and pest cycles providing healthier, more vigorous competitive crops,” says Dan Rossman from the Michigan State University Extension... Pests and PredatorsKnown predators or pests of weeds like parasitic wasps, painted lady butterflies, etc...

    Categories: Crop Protection, Soybeans, Organic Row Crops

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    7 Ways to Measure Soil Health Improvements

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Mar 7, 2019 

    While there are numerous reasons for using cover crops, a primary one is improving soil health. In fact, it’s the one benefit most farmers using cover crops have experienced: In the most recent Cover Crop Survey Annual Report, of those who rated the statement, “Using cover crops has improved soil health on my farm,” 86% agreed or strongly agreed. The report notes that it’s interesting and heartening that “soil health reflects an embrace of a long-term, hard-to-quantify benefit of cover crops, and that for the past two surveys, it has achieved the top spot by garnering 86% of the responses. ”While soil health may be harder to quantify than benefits like biomass production or input savings, there are ways of measuring how cover crops are making a difference in your soil... In a YouTube video by University of Wisconsin Integrated Pest and Crop Management, soil scientist Francisco Arriaga explains that there is a ½-inch tip and ¾-inch tip...

    Categories: Cover Crops

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    Soil Borne Diseases | Define Causes & Control

    By Darren Chan

    Published Aug 28, 2020 

    Soil Borne Diseases, mainly plant pathogens living in the soil with crop residue. Apply inappropriate farming, irrigation, fertilization, planting methods, and other agronomic measures... Crop rotation is beneficial to the control of pests and weeds... ConclusionControl of soil-borne diseases does not only depend on chemical management. Integrated disease management practices will be more suitable for modern agriculture, and can better control the spread of harmful pathogens in the soil...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Irrigation, Organic Row Crops

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  • Royal Knight AG United States, PA, Philadelphia

    Business Title: Royal Knight Ag
    About: Royal Knight AG is a Science Based Educational Consulting company providing Agricultural support using (IPM) Integrated Pest Management and CARBON NEUTRAL fertility. Our goal is to promote metabolic growth throughout the entire plant life cycle. We are Sustainable Agriculture. For more info check out www.royalknightagriculture.com
    Interests: Wheat, Precision Agriculture, Organic Row Crops, Marketing, Agribusiness, Grapes, Berries

    Patricia DeHond United States, SC, Clover

    Job Title: Crop Consultant
    About: Certified Crop Advisor; former County Extension Agent (Agronomy, Horticulture); Master Gardener; Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Rice, Canola, Sorghum, Cover Crops, Organic Row Crops, Agribusiness, Beef, Crop Scouting, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Farm Management, Farmland and Real Estate, Succession Planning, Shops, Conservation Easements, Conservation Plans, Hemp, Tree Nuts, Tobacco, Flax, Kenaf, Switchgrass, Other Row Crops/fiber Crops/bioenergy C, Integrated Pest Management Nutrient Management Soil & Water Management

    Mark Smith United States, TN, Cumberland City

    Job Title: Farmer, Other Ag Professional, Agricultural Historian
    About: Retired military; Veteran Farmer Advocate; Historical Ag Interpretations
    Interests: Vegetables, Cover Crops, Ag Policy, Precision Agriculture, Organic Row Crops, Irrigation, Timber, Marketing, Agribusiness, Wheat, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Ag Commentary, Accounting and Bookkeeping, Operating a Farm, Taxes, Farm Management, Conservation Plans, Hemp, Organic Specialty Crops, Orchard Crops, Tree Nuts, Hunting, Homesteading, Soil Water

    Rodney Michael United States, SC, Society Hill

    Business Title: Treely
    Job Title: Farmer, Landowner, Ag Investor, Other Ag Professional, Founder
    About: Family Man / Entrepreneur
    Interests: Ag Policy, Organic Row Crops, Timber, Marketing, Agribusiness, Farmland and Real Estate, Fishing, Apps, Precision Agriculture, Ag Commentary, News, Farm Management, Operating a Farm, Tools, Conservation Easements, Conservation Plans, Cover Crops, NRCS, Hemp, Orchard Crops, Organic Specialty Crops, Tree Nuts, Vegetables, Homesteading, Hunting, Tobacco

    Vuon Hat Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City

    Business Title: Vuon Hat Company
    Job Title: Ag Retail Professional, Ag Investor
    Interests: Marketing, Farm Management, Purchasing

    Dananut Hat Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City

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    Job Title: Farmer, Farmer's Spouse or Family Member, Veterinarian
    Interests: Marketing, Agribusiness, Farm Management

    Aden Russell United States, PA, Alexandria

    Business Title: Krone North America
    Job Title: Farmer, Landowner, Ag Retail Professional
    Interests: Dairy, Feed, Precision Agriculture, Telemetry, Marketing, Agribusiness, Farm Management, Projects, Purchasing, Repair, Shops, Tools, Hunting

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    Here’s a group to discuss all of the finance and management decisions that need to be made when operating a farm.
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Vegetables, Rice, Canola, Sorghum, Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Swine, Cover Crops, Ag Policy, Precision Agriculture, Irrigation, Timber, Marketing, Agribusiness

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    We currently have funds for Financing Real Estate, Project Funding, Bridge Loans, Construction Financing and Ordinary Loans for Company Export/Import Finance. Here are the area of our funding: * Bridging loans * Business Loans * Personal loan * Investment loan * Auto loan * Construction loans * Debt Consolidation * Credit line * Lend Lease * Second mortgage * Credit Redemption * Project Financing * Mortgage Contact Our Customer Care: EMAIL: :bullsindia187@gmail.com (CALL/WHATS APP) :+918130061433 Our services... Guaranteed 100%
    Interest: Ag Commentary, Marketing, Accounting and Bookkeeping, Ag Policy, Agribusiness, Farm Management, Farmland and Real Estate, Human Resources, Operating a Farm, Succession Planning, Taxes

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    A starting point to assist young and upcoming farmers with financial know how
    Interest: Agribusiness, Farm Management, Succession Planning

    On Sight 24/7 Surveillance

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    At ON SIGHT 24/7 we are dedicated to protecting the livelihood of the American Farmer! Within this group we will share our products, what they do, how we can customize a surveillance system locally and nationally and the benefits of having a full service Technical Support team available to you!
    Interest: Canola, Corn, Cotton, Organic Row Crops, Peanuts, Rice, Sorghum, Soybeans, Wheat, Beef, Dairy, Feed, Grass-Fed Livestock, Poultry, Specialty Livestock, Swine, Crop Protection, Farm Management, Shops, Tools, Hemp, Orchard Crops, Organic Specialty Crops, Vegetables, Horses, Hunting, Tobacco

    Organic Citrus

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    We are interested in gathering experiences, solutions and history of organic methods in citrus production. As well as record and document unique policy and market access hurdles organic citrus growers face in each different region of the world.
    Interest: Organic Row Crops, Crop Protection, Fertility, Irrigation, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Apps, Precision Agriculture, Telemetry, Ag Commentary, Marketing, News, Ag Policy, Agribusiness, Farm Management, Farmland and Real Estate, Operating a Farm, Conservation Easements, Conservation Plans, Cover Crops, Orchard Crops, Organic Specialty Crops, Homesteading

    Farm Equipment And Machinery

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    Here’s a group to discuss all aspects of ag equipment and machinery including making purchases, performing repairs, using tools, carrying out projects, and showing off your shops. Additionally, companies and reps are also welcome to promote their latest products so we know what’s available.
    Interest: Apps, Precision Agriculture, Telemetry, Agribusiness, Farm Management, Operating a Farm, Projects, Purchasing, Repair, Shops, Tools

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    Here's a group to discuss horse management.
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    Biological Control

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    A group to share and discuss all topics related to biological pest control. Ask questions, share experiences and more!
    Interest: Cotton, Peanuts, Vegetables

  • From Industrial Pesticides to Integrated Pest Management: A New Trend in Vineyard Practices

    By Thomas Grandperrin

    Updated Dec 14, 2020 

    This article was initially published on The Wine Industry Advisor as part of a series on biological control and Integrated Pest Management written by UAV-IQ Precision Agriculture. Grape growers are facing increased threats from invasive insect pests. The issue with those non-native species is that there are often no naturally occurring enemies capable of controlling them and new Integrated Pest Management (IPM) protocols might take years to be developed, forcing growers to rely on broad-spectrum insecticides until more ecologically friendly alternatives are available. A notable example of an invasive pest affecting California vineyards is the vine mealybug, which is a major pest of grape vines not only because of the damage they can cause to the fruit but also for the viruses they transmit, such as the grape leafroll-associated virus... Kent has led several research projects on vine mealybugs and the development of ecologically-based insect pest management systems in vineyards and other perennial crops, such as almonds, pistachios, grapes, and stone fruit...

    Categories: Organic Specialty Crops, Sustainable Agriculture

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    How Precision Technology can Tackle Cotton’s Irrigation and Pests’ Challenges in the 2020s

    By Vijayalaxmi Kinhal

    Updated Aug 7, 2020 

    Climate Change is Altering Pest Attack PatternsIncreasing drought and extreme weather due to climate change are impacting cotton in unforeseen ways... Experts noticed since 2019 that the feeding and reproductive patterns of pests have changed... Though the pests are not new to cotton the timing of their attack and their sheer numbers is... ”Drought has also increased spider mites and whitefly populations, pests that can affect cotton quality... Integrated Pest Management (IPM) recommends the use of an ecologically suitable combination of biological and cultivation practices to reduce pest numbers and adding pesticides as a last resort...

    Categories: Cotton, Irrigation, Precision Agriculture

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    An Introduction to Augmentative Biocontrol

    By Thomas Grandperrin

    Published Apr 7, 2020 

    In the previous article in this series we discussed classical biocontrol, which is the practice of identifying the origins of pests found in local fields, then finding the natural enemies of those pests in their foreign origins and bringing the “enemy of my enemy” (otherwise known as “beneficials”) back from their homelands to local farms to renew old rivalries and help suppress pest populations... But a lot of the pests damaging our crops are actually native to our regions and already have local natural enemies... AUGMENTATIVE BIOLOGICAL CONTROL IN ACTIONWhen existing natural enemies populations dip, growers who implement biocontrol as part of their Integrated Pest Management plan can re-release beneficials on a regular basis instead of using pesticides... For example, unlike the use of broad-spectrum pesticides that can affect the natural enemies population and thus could encourage future pest outbreaks, augmentative biocontrol is often an ideal long-term solution. Additionally, growers are facing pesticide resistance issues which force them to look for alternative pest control strategies...

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    How to Cultivate Cotton Organically

    By Vijayalaxmi Kinhal

    Updated Oct 24, 2020 

    It takes three years for farmers to convert to organic farming, as this is the time required for soil to become free of chemical fertilizers and pesticides... Usually, 30% of flowers result in bolls, but drought, pest, waterlogging, or low temperatures can bring this figure down to 10%... Hybrids resistant to common pests like bollworms, aphids, miners, and jassids make these hybrids suitable for organic farming... These varieties have the advantage of being more pest-resistance than the hybrids, but produce lower yield and shorter fibers... Common boll pests are the American bollworm, pink bollworm, spotted bollworm, spiny bollworm, and cutworms Leaf sucking pests are the aphids, whitefly, spider mites, cotton stainer, and thripsA combination of crop rotation, intercropping, and Integrated Pest Management can help in the biological control of pests...

    Categories: Cotton, Organic Specialty Crops, Sustainable Agriculture

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    Hydroponics 101: A Basic Guide to Start Soilless Cultivation

    By Miriam Pitzalis

    Updated Aug 20, 2020 

    Advantages and disadvantages of soilless cultivationSoilless cultivation has numerous advantages like:- Increasing unit yields and anticipating harvest- Improving the quality of the final product, such as the size and uniform physical-chemical characteristics of the fruits, due to the controlled and accurate management of nutrition and climatic parameters- Using easily replaceable structures in case of reconversion- Reducing the labor for demanding processing operations, such as tillage and soil disinfection- Reducing water consumption, especially in plants managed in a closed cycle in areas with limited water availability- Reducing the use of pesticides and adopting integrated pest management strategies more easilyAlthough the advantages can be very encouraging in the decision to adopt these systems, it is also necessary to consider the disadvantages and difficulties that must be faced: - Insufficient know-how to understand how to manage fertigation, irrigation, crop care and automatic control unit technology - Need for constant monitoring of various parameters, such as EC, pH, nutrient solution recipe and climate- Greater risk of incurring water or saline stress in case of a blackout, which renders the whole system unusable - Medium-high initial investments - Difficulty in reaching potential productions in the first years, due to facilities management problems - Difficulty in disposing of inorganic substrates at the end of use - Dispersion of the exhausted nutrient solution in the surface layers when using open-cycle systemsWhen you decide to cultivate with a soilless system, you need to choose the ideal system type depending on the place where you intend to work, the plant species, the size, and the budget available... On the other hand, organic materials ensure the buffering capacity, limiting radical changes in pH at the root system level, due to incorrect management of the nutrient solution... The irrigation plan management is equally important so that water imbalances do not occur: ideal irrigation must return a drainage water volume of around 30% of the volume applied... Practical tips for optimal management of soilless cultivationRegardless of the type of cultivation system, some operations must be carried out for appropriate and efficient cultivation management. The main periodical or daily activities are:- Monitoring the pH and EC in the nutrient solution (Inlet, outlet and on the drained one)- Monitoring the applied and drained irrigation volumes (make sure that the drainage is 30% of the volume applied)- Monitoring the temperature, humidity and solar radiation - Checking the occlusion status and the correct positioning of the drippers (they must not be too far from the root zone)- Monitoring oxygenation level in the nutrient solution, in the case of the floating system- Monitoring periodic plants health (physiological alterations, pests or fungal attacks)- Wearing protective suits and shoe covers...

    Categories: Irrigation, Precision Agriculture, Vegetables

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    Why Insectary Habitats Are Key In Organic Agriculture

    By Thomas Grandperrin

    Published Jul 27, 2020 

    This article is part of a series on biological control and Integrated Pest Management written by UAV-IQ (www... Gina has been a pest control advisor (PCA) for 30 years and a certified crop advisor (CCA) for over 15 years with a sub-specialty in sustainability... “A lot of the adult predators rely on pollen and nectar as their sole food source but then it's their immature stages that are predaceous on the insect pest. The same thing is true for parasitic wasps, which are floral feeders at an adult stage, but it's their eggs that they lay within the pest that kills it... ”She explains that adding insectary habitats in the field helps to reduce insect pests, but she warns growers that “it’s important to pick the right insectary habitat for your crop...

    Categories: Cover Crops, Organic Row Crops, Vegetables

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    Weed Control in Organic Soybean Farms

    By Vijayalaxmi Kinhal

    Updated Oct 24, 2020 

    Weeds not only compete with soybeans for space, light, and nutrients, but they can also transmit diseases and pests, and cause problems during harvesting. Since chemical treatment is not allowed in organic farming, Integrated Weed Management (IWM) that relies on avoidance, prevention, and extermination of weeds with cultural, mechanical, and biological means is ideal... Figure 1: Multiple strategies to control weeds through Integrated Weed Management (IWM)... A rotation can break disease and pest cycles providing healthier, more vigorous competitive crops,” says Dan Rossman from the Michigan State University Extension... Pests and PredatorsKnown predators or pests of weeds like parasitic wasps, painted lady butterflies, etc...

    Categories: Crop Protection, Soybeans, Organic Row Crops

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    7 Ways to Measure Soil Health Improvements

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Mar 7, 2019 

    While there are numerous reasons for using cover crops, a primary one is improving soil health. In fact, it’s the one benefit most farmers using cover crops have experienced: In the most recent Cover Crop Survey Annual Report, of those who rated the statement, “Using cover crops has improved soil health on my farm,” 86% agreed or strongly agreed. The report notes that it’s interesting and heartening that “soil health reflects an embrace of a long-term, hard-to-quantify benefit of cover crops, and that for the past two surveys, it has achieved the top spot by garnering 86% of the responses. ”While soil health may be harder to quantify than benefits like biomass production or input savings, there are ways of measuring how cover crops are making a difference in your soil... In a YouTube video by University of Wisconsin Integrated Pest and Crop Management, soil scientist Francisco Arriaga explains that there is a ½-inch tip and ¾-inch tip...

    Categories: Cover Crops

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    Soil Borne Diseases | Define Causes & Control

    By Darren Chan

    Published Aug 28, 2020 

    Soil Borne Diseases, mainly plant pathogens living in the soil with crop residue. Apply inappropriate farming, irrigation, fertilization, planting methods, and other agronomic measures... Crop rotation is beneficial to the control of pests and weeds... ConclusionControl of soil-borne diseases does not only depend on chemical management. Integrated disease management practices will be more suitable for modern agriculture, and can better control the spread of harmful pathogens in the soil...

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    Nuisance Lawsuits are Taking a Bite Out of Big Pork

    By Maria Dampman

    Published Aug 17, 2018 

    Larger farms mean more animals and a lot more animal waste, which, even when properly managed, can cause odors, flies and other pests... For decades, neighbors of the over 4,000 giant waste lagoons in North Carolina have had to deal with the eye-watering stench of the feces, the flies and other pests drawn by the sun-baked waste, and the swarms of buzzards drawn to improperly disposed carcasses of decaying hogs... Buzzards, flies and other pests are drawn to the stench and filth of CAFOs that are improperly cleaned... “The NC Farm Act is unjust and unnecessary, and it places the financial priorities of a global polluter over community members impacted by the pests, odors and other hazards of industrial agriculture practices, Jamie Cole, policy advocate at the NC Conservation Network, was quoted in the same Newsobserver... Will a neighbor be able to bring a successful suit against a small farmer who has a rooster that creates a noise nuisance at 5:30 am? What about the local farmer who has to spray his crops periodically to prevent pests and the ruin of his yield but irritates his organic-produce-loving-vegan neighbor? Now that the RTF statutes no longer seem to hold water, will the courts fill up with nuisance suits? We are going to have to wait and see, but many do not think this is not going to create problems for the average farmer...

    Categories: Swine

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  • What are your impressions of Harvest Profit software?

    By Anonymous Member

    Published Dec 1, 2020 

    Categories: Apps, Marketing, Farm Management

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  • Posted By Thomas Grandperrin
    Updated Dec 14, 2020 

    https://agfuse.com/article/from-industrial-pesticides-to-integrated-pest-management-a-new-trend-in-vineyard-practices
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    Posted By Vegetable Production
    Apr 26, 2017 

    "The Colorado potato beetle, potato leafhopper, and wireworms have been known to cause significant losses in potato crops across the country. Control for all three pests requires a combination of integrated pest management (IPM) strategies, including regular scouting, sanitation, and chemical and cultural controls.
    "Russell Groves, Professor and Vegetable Extension Specialist at the University of Madison-Wisconsin, provides information on key characteristics and control strategies to keep these pests off your crop and out of your field."
    http://www.growingproduce.com/vegetables/potatoes/how-to-manage-three-key-potato-pests/
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    EU Call for Proposals: Demonstrate bio-based pesticides and/or biostimulant agents for sustainable increase in agricultural productivity

    Bio-based solutions such as bio-based pesticides have the potential to decrease inputs of synthetic pesticides in the agricultural sector, while providing high yields in terms of pests’ control. However, having a higher selectivity than currently used pesticides, they would require the combination of different solutions in integrated pest management approaches to obtain the total desired results. Also, extensive testing needs to prove they meet all requirements regarding risks, toxicity and pathogenicity. These factors have been holding back a wide use so far.

    On the other hand, one of the biggest challenges of agriculture is to guarantee high crop yields and productivity, while matching increasingly stringent environmental regulations dealing with the agricultural sector. Moreover, the increasing world population and the related increased demand for sustainable food production systems are boosting the expansion of agricultural practices also in currently un- or under-exploited lands. Thus, the optimal use of such new arable lands calls for environmentally friendly products for plant health enhancement, such as biostimulants able to foster plant growth without ‘overloading’ the environment with potentially harmful chemical inputs.

    The specific challenge is to apply sustainable solutions for effective pest control and/or biostimulation enabling a sustainable increase of agricultural productivity.

    Dateline for proposal submission: 4 September 2019 17:00:00 Brussels time

    Illustration Photo: Making biopesticide with microorganisms (credits: John Donaghy / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

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    EU Call for Proposals: Stepping up integrated pest management

    There is a need to develop and promote more cost-effective and sustainable Integrated Pest Management (IPM) options which are based on a holistic view of agro-ecosystems. IPM is part of EU legislation promoting the sustainable use of plant protection products (SUD). The various IPM solutions being developed across Europe all differ depending on the crops, the available climate monitoring systems, the underlying knowledge of pest populations, on pedo-climatic conditions and on the agro-ecological environment. IPM decision support systems and models developed as part of national or regional research projects usually only deal with limited aspects of crop production and are validated in regional circumstances. As a consequence, it remains often unclear what the value of such a model/system may be in other parts of Europe and what the impact of climate change could be on the validity of the model. Sharing IPM decision supporting tools at EU level therefore has great potential for synergies. Furthermore, on-farm demonstration of novel IPM tools would boost peer-to-peer learning across Europe and help farmers with daily management practices, as well as enable the integration of these tools into precision agriculture.

    Dateline for submission: 11 September 2018 17:00:00 (Brussels time)

    Illustration Photo: Beth Hoinacki, owner of Goodfoot Farm located about 20 miles northwest of Corvallis, Ore., looks over her chickens and geese that are part of the biodynamic agricultural method she is adopting on her farm. As the young mixed fruit orchard comes into production, Beth hopes to maintain a no-spray management program for insect pests and diseases. Beth is experimenting in this area with establishing habitat for beneficial insects and integrating animals. (credits: NRCS Oregon / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0))

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    Posted By Pee Dee Crop Producer Reports
    Sep 30, 2019 

    https://newsstand.clemson.edu/clemson-to-hold-integrated-pest-management-workshop/

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    Posted By Beginning Farmers
    Jun 29, 2018 

    https://www.no-tillfarmer.com/articles/7995-ipm-basics-integrated-pest-management-in-agriculture

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    Posted By Cotton News
    Nov 22, 2017 

    http://www.southeastfarmpress.com/insects/why-integrated-pest-management-sustainable-agriculture

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    Posted By Steve Hanks
    Nov 17, 2020 

    https://www.agdaily.com/crops/kellogg-help-pest-management/
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    Posted By Biological Control
    Jun 18, 2019 

    An introduction to the world of beneficials and biological pest control https://www.freshfruitportal.com/news/2019/01/02/the-biocontrol-brief-an-introduction-to-the-world-of-natural-enemies/
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    Posted By Becky Johnson
    Sep 17 

    "The project goal is to develop a Cereal Pest Aid system that will automatically identify both pest insects and beneficial insects in wheat and other crops based on images submitted by individual's cellphone. To successfully develop the program, they need your help in collecting large numbers of both pest and beneficial insect photographs observed in cereal cropping systems throughout the region."
    https://smallgrains.wsu.edu/cereal-pest-photos-needed
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