December 3, 2014

Planning to clean and reuse pots and carrier trays this spring? Reused pots and trays may harbor Thielaviopsis basicola root and stem rot, often call Black rot.

Topics: Cultural Practices, Diseases Content Type: Update
November 14, 2014

While safety, security and environmental impact are the major concerns when storing pesticides, maintaining the quality of pesticides is also important during winter storage.

Here are some tips for winter storage of pesticides:

Topics: Pesticide Use Content Type: Update
October 24, 2014

To prepare for thrips management in spring crops in February, it is time to begin growing ornamental pepper plants to serve as banker plants.

Topics: Biological Control Content Type: Update
October 16, 2014

Many growers in Massachusetts and Connecticut are successfully using natural enemies (beneficial insects, mites, nematodes and other organisms) as an alternative to pesticides to manage pests in greenhouses.  If you are considering using natural enemies for the first time on your spring crops, now is the time to prepare.

Topics: Biological Control Content Type: Update
October 8, 2014

Controlling whiteflies on poinsettias has been challenging since sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisa tabaci, first appeared in Florida in 1986 and then began to appear in greenhouses soon after. It was found to be a new, more insecticide-resistant strain, termed ‘B-biotype,’ with a broader host range than the usual B. tabaci.   In 2004 an even more resistant strain, the Q biotype, was found in the US on poinsettia.  Initially, these two biotypes were thought to all belong to the same B.

Topics: Insects and Mites Content Type: Update