Expanding Spider Mite Controls for Specialty Crops

IR-4 Project trial studies show cyflumetofen is an effective spider mite control on a variety of specialty crops. By David Kuack Spider mites can be a major pest on specialty crops including tomatoes, cucurbits, and strawberries. They can be a particularly difficult pest to control in southern states that produce food crops year-round. “Mites on […]

Leveling the playing field for grape growers

U.S. grape growers gain the use of permethrin insecticide through IR-4-sponsored residual trials. Author – David Kuack The United States is the world’s third largest producer of grapes behind China and Italy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that utilized grape production totaled 6.8 million tons in 2019. Grapes were produced on an estimated 935,000 […]

Diamondback Moth: The Bane of Brassica Crop Growers

Trying to control the diamondback moth on brassica crops can be a major challenge, especially in those areas where crops are produced year-round. Author – David Kuack Diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella L.) is considered to be the most damaging pest of brassica crops worldwide. Growers of brassica crops, including cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussel sprouts […]

Think Prevention to Control Spider Mites on Peanuts

With a limited number of miticides registered for use on peanuts, the best method to control spider mites is to minimize infestations. By David Kuack In these uncertain times, people look to comfort foods for something that tastes good and makes them feel good. One of these foods is peanut butter, which the HuffPost listed […]

Looking for fast-acting spider mite control on blueberries?

Registration of acequinocyl gives blueberry growers a fast-acting miticide with a different mode of action making it a good rotation tool for resistance management Author – David Kuack The United States is the world’s largest commercial producer of blueberries. Blueberries are commercially produced in 38 states with 10 states accounting for more than 98 percent […]

Papaya Growers Use Biologicals and Insecticides to Control Papaya Mealybug

The registration of the insecticide acetamiprid through IR-4 Project adds an important integrated management tool for control of papaya mealybug. Author – David Kuack Even though the United States imports most of its fresh papaya from Mexico, the tropical fruit is grown domestically in Hawaii, Florida, Texas, California and Puerto Rico. Hawaii is the largest […]

Growers and Researchers Collaborate to Control Coffee Berry Borer

Coffee growers work with IR-4 Project researchers and university cooperative extension agents to develop effective integrated control programs to limit damage from coffee berry borer. Author – David Kuack Only the European Union imports more coffee beans than the United States. About 90 percent of the coffee consumed in the United States is imported. According […]