The diamondback moth presents a significant challenge for American producers of cruciferous plants. It is uniquely adept at developing resistance to traditional insecticides, can breed continuously in the warmer regions of the southern United States, and can produce up fifteen generations in a year depending on location. This billion-dollar problem has no single simple solution. Instead, a holistic Integrated Pest Management program is the best approach for tackling this prolific pest.
Diamondback moth can damage a wide variety of cole crops if left unchecked. Remind yourself of best practices when monitoring for this pest with these tips and tricks.
Pest management is often associated with insecticides and little else. However, a comprehensive Integrated Pest Management program tackles insects at all stages of development. Suterra’s CheckMate mating disruption products use affordable and ecologically-friendly methods to effectively stop new generations of pests from even being born.
Suterra LLC today announced the U.S. launch of BioAmp® AA, the world’s first trail pheromone adjuvant for the control of Argentine Ants (Linepithema humile). Pheromones are semiochemicals that govern insect behaviors such as forming trails or finding mates.
Scott Lindbloom, Suterra’s manufacturing engineer, inserts the force gauge into the Puffer® and easily clicks it into place. The gauge is quickly able to measure the motor power of the product, which is an important regular measurement for quality control. However, the most interesting thing about the measurement is not the force gauge itself, but the lime green casing surrounding it. It perfectly fits around the gauge and provides a handle for the otherwise unwieldy device.
At LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards, a combination of pesticides, community collaboration, and Suterra’s pheromone mating disruption products provide an integrated pest management approach.
Organic products are perceived as healthier and fetch a higher price. However, they’re also more difficult for farmers to grow, and may not actually be better for the environment. Is the organic sticker worth the effort?
Sonoma County Winegrowers made buzz in 2020 with their Climate Adaptation Certification program, a flagship program that uses local solutions to reduce greenhouse emissions in Sonoma vineyards. This program is one of many sustainable certifications that have popped up in recent years. These certifications vary widely; they may replace or supplement organic certifications, offer region-specific requirements or mandate something else entirely.
Suterra prides itself on its outstanding attention to safety in the workplace. It’s one of the many ways Suterra can show that it values its employees.
Temperatures are heating up, and wine growers should keep an eye out for vine mealybug outbreaks in their vineyards. Monitoring is a critical aspect for developing and executing an effective integrated pest management program.