Suterra Blog

Organic Farming: A Grower's Dilemma

Posted by Suterra on May 10, 2021 9:50:14 AM

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?

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Topics: IPM, sustainability

The Rise of Sustainable Certifications

Posted by Suterra on May 1, 2021 10:58:59 AM

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.

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Topics: California, sustainability

Safety is Paramount in the Suterra Workplace

Posted by Suterra on Apr 23, 2021 9:53:02 AM

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.  

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Topics: Media, Company News, We Are Suterra

Vine Mealybug Monitoring in California Vineyards

Posted by Suterra on Apr 16, 2021 11:19:03 AM

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.

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Topics: California, Vine Mealybug, Grapes, Monitoring, IPM, Septa Lure

Suterra Entomologist Discusses Mating Disruption, Biocontrol

Posted by Suterra on Apr 9, 2021 1:59:28 PM

Dr. Emily Symmes, a Suterra entomologist discusses sustainable mating disruption puffers along with IPM and biocontrol with UAV-IQ.

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Topics: Media, IPM, Biocontrol, Mating Disruption, Pheromone

Citrus Growers See First Flight of California Red Scale

Posted by Suterra on Mar 29, 2021 3:31:16 PM

You may have observed small numbers of California Red Scale males in pheromone traps ahead of the first flight ( defined as two consecutive weeks of increasing capture after February 1st).

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Topics: California, IPM, Citrus, California Red Scale, MDX, Mating Disruption

Using Degree-Days to Track Codling Moth

Posted by Suterra on Mar 26, 2021 1:52:08 PM

Degree-days are an incredibly helpful tool for monitoring pests and subsequently timing sprays and other pest management techniques. Learn more about how degree-days can help you from Sara Goldman, Suterra Technical Support Manager.

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Topics: Monitoring, Codling Moth, Walnuts, Apples, MDX

Suterra Expert Discusses Helpful Natural Enemies on MyAgLife Podcast

Posted by Suterra on Mar 22, 2021 10:44:45 AM

    The MyAgLife podcast recently conducted an interview with Suterra’s Senior Manager of Technical Field Services, Dr. Emily Symmes. In the interview, Symmes discusses why natural enemies are important, and how to get the most out of them in your orchards. 

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Topics: Media, Navel Orangeworm, IPM, Biocontrol, sustainability

Monitor for Oriental Fruit Moth with Suterra's Traps and Lures

Posted by Suterra on Feb 15, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Oriental fruit moth is a common and potentially damaging pest in peach orchards. Monitoring for this insect on your farm is a critical component of your integrated pest management program and will also help ensure that your program meets regulatory criteria for export markets. 

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Topics: California, Monitoring, Oriental Fruit Moth, Peaches, MDX, BioLure

Monitoring for Codling Moth in Walnut Orchards

Posted by Suterra on Feb 12, 2021 6:00:00 AM

     As March approaches, traps to monitor the first codling moth flight will soon be placed in walnut orchards. Below are some reminders of best practices for monitoring and managing this pest.

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Topics: California, Monitoring, Crop Evaluation, Codling Moth, Walnuts, MDX, BioLure