The Latest Tools For Organic Growers

Plum Regal

Within the last couple of years, several disease control tools, which include new copper products and biofungicides, have been made available to organic growers. Meg McGrath, an associate professor in the department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology at Cornell University who gave a presentation on the subject at the New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference in December, provides information on these products and the benefits they can offer organic growers. With the new coppers, in general, she says they use less metallic copper, mix better, and are effective at lower rates than older copper products.
 
The Latest Coppers

   Consisting of two copper products, the first one on the list is Badge from Isagro-USA. “Badge features a copper that is readily available and one that is a little slower to become available for longer lasting control,” explains McGrath.  
   Next is Cueva from Certis USA. This new formulation of copper is less metallic, says McGrath, “and if growers can use less metallic copper, that is a good thing. Because copper doesn’t biodegrade, there is concern that it can build up in the soil.”
   Two other copper products McGrath mentions that can be used by organic growers are Nordox, from Brandt Consolidated, and Nu-Cop HB from Agri Star.

New Biofungicides

   In addition to the coppers, organic growers also have a few new biofungicides from which to choose. Regalia from Marrone Bio Innovations, which has been on the market for nearly two years, has recently received a chemigation label. The new label essentially allows the product to be taken up by roots so there is better distribution of the product in the plant, says McGrath.
   The new formulation of Serenade from AgraQuest, Serenade Soil, also is designed to be taken up by the roots via chemigation, she adds.
   Next on the list is Tenet, which was developed by Isagro and marketed by Sipcam. Tenet contains two beneficial fungi to control disease. “This is an interesting approach looking at combinations of organisms,” says McGrath. “The fungi are active at different temperature ranges so growers should get control over a broader spectrum of environmental conditions.”
   The last three products McGrath mentions are Certis USA’s MeloCon, which is a biological nematicide; TriTek from Brandt Consolidated, which was formerly called Saf-T-Side, and can be used as a fungicide, insecticide, and miticide; and AgriPhage from OmniLytics, Inc., which is a virus going after a bacterial pathogen. “Biocontrol for bacteria, is a great addition,” adds McGrath.

WITHIN the last couple of years, several disease control tools, which include new copper products and biofungicides, have been made available to organic growers. Meg McGrath, an associate professor in the department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology at Cornell University who gave a presentation on the subject at the New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference in December, provides information on these products and the benefits they can offer organic growers. With the new coppers, in general, she says they use less metallic copper, mix better, and are effective at lower rates than older copper products.
 
The Latest Coppers
   Consisting of two copper products, the first one on the list is Badge from Isagro-USA. “Badge features a copper that is readily available and one that is a little slower to become available for longer lasting control,” explains McGrath.  
   Next is Cueva from Certis USA. This new formulation of copper is less metallic, says McGrath, “and if growers can use less metallic copper, that is a good thing. Because copper doesn’t biodegrade, there is concern that it can build up in the soil.”
   Two other copper products McGrath mentions that can be used by organic growers are Nordox, from Brandt Consolidated, and Nu-Cop HB from Agri Star.

New Biofungicides
   In addition to the coppers, organic growers also have a few new biofungicides from which to choose. Regalia from Marrone Bio Innovations, which has been on the market for nearly two years, has recently received a chemigation label. The new label essentially allows the product to be taken up by roots so there is better distribution of the product in the plant, says McGrath.
   The new formulation of Serenade from AgraQuest, Serenade Soil, also is designed to be taken up by the roots via chemigation, she adds.
   Next on the list is Tenet, which was developed by Isagro and marketed by Sipcam. Tenet contains two beneficial fungi to control disease. “This is an interesting approach looking at combinations of organisms,” says McGrath. “The fungi are active at different temperature ranges so growers should get control over a broader spectrum of environmental conditions.”
   The last three products McGrath mentions are Certis USA’s MeloCon, which is a biological nematicide; TriTek from Brandt Consolidated, which was formerly called Saf-T-Side, and can be used as a fungicide, insecticide, and miticide; and AgriPhage from OmniLytics, Inc., which is a virus going after a bacterial pathogen. “Biocontrol for bacteria, is a great addition,” adds McGrath.

Leave a Reply

Featured Stories
Past industry efforts to discover Paradox hybrid seedlings (Juglans hindsii x J. regia) with superior traits have led to advanced selections of Paradox clones, each with unique characteristics. The University of California selection, RX 1, is a top-choice for Sacramento Valley walnut orchardists and others looking for resistance to Phytopthora and good survivability. RX 1 is a cross of Juglans microcarpa x J. regia. It is showing to be one of the most adaptable walnut rootstocks, producing a large tree with the highest yields in replicated trials. USPP#20,649 P3
Fruits
December 7, 2016
Sierra Gold Nursery 2017 Variety Showcase [Slideshow]
Sierra Gold Nurseries in Yuba City, CA, offers two walnut rootstocks, a salt-tolerant pistachio rootstock, and more. Read More
Action shot of an automated strawberry picker from Harvest CROO
Equipment
December 6, 2016
USDA Announces $3 Million For Robotic Agriculture Research
More evidence being found about how people can benefit from automation in the field. Read More
billevans
Apple Grower of the Year
December 6, 2016
2014 Apple Grower Of The Year Bill Evans Dies
Legendary apple grower Bill Evans, who along with his wife, Jeannette, farmed more apple acreage than any grower in the Read More
weedy watermelon field
Crop Protection
December 6, 2016
New Fact Sheet Analyzes Weed Seeds And Their Longevity
Topics covered include how weed seeds travel, when they germinate, and ways they can be eliminated. Read More
Field trials are one component being used to evaluate water and nitrogen use efficiency in lettuce.  A wide array of germplasm is being screened including cultivars of leaf, romaine, iceberg and butter types, mapping populations and non-domesticated primitive types and wild lettuce species.   Photo credit: David Still
Crop Protection
December 6, 2016
Scientists Aim To Improve Nitrogen, Water Use Efficiency In Lettuce
Genetic research intends to develop varieties with enhanced nutrient uptake. Read More
Cannabis plant closeup
Citrus
December 6, 2016
Report: Florida Cannabis Business To Approach $2 Billion By 2020
Lofty projections include a compound annual growth rate of 140%. Read More
Growers participate in a real-time industry survey session at the 2016 Florida Citrus Show
Citrus
December 6, 2016
Florida Citrus Community Tasked To Unify For Stronger Future
A group effort is necessary to forge ahead. Read More
field shot the Produce Peddler Colorado
Crop Protection
December 6, 2016
Orondis Opti Fungicide Receives Registration In Premix Formulation
The product provides control of Oomycete diseases in vegetables and other specialty crops. Read More
BlackPearl® is the best early season cherry, ripening 10 days before Bing and around Chelan. It has exceptional flavor and is extremely firm and crunchy. BlackPearl® is medium size with 20% sugar and keeps better that most other cherries. The tree is hardy and canker resistant. Early season bloom, S4 unknown.
Fruits
December 6, 2016
Fowler Nurseries, Inc. 2017 Variety Showcase [Slideshow]
For more information on these varieties, contact Fowler Nurseries, Inc. Fowler Nurseries, Inc. 525 Fowler Rd. Newcastle, CA 9565827 Phone: Read More
betternut-23
Vegetables
December 6, 2016
Rupp Seeds 2016 Vegetable Variety Showcase
For more information, contact, Rupp Seeds: 17919 County Rd. B, Wauseon, OH 43567 800-700-1199; WEBSITE www.RuppSeeds.com FAX 419-337-5491; EMAIL [email protected] Read More
The Latest
Fruits
December 7, 2016
Sierra Gold Nursery 2017 Variety Showcas…
Sierra Gold Nurseries in Yuba City, CA, offers two walnut rootstocks, a salt-tolerant pistachio rootstock, and more. Read More
Equipment
December 6, 2016
USDA Announces $3 Million For Robotic Ag…
More evidence being found about how people can benefit from automation in the field. Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
December 6, 2016
2014 Apple Grower Of The Year Bill Evans…
Legendary apple grower Bill Evans, who along with his wife, Jeannette, farmed more apple acreage than any grower in the Read More
Crop Protection
December 6, 2016
New Fact Sheet Analyzes Weed Seeds And T…
Topics covered include how weed seeds travel, when they germinate, and ways they can be eliminated. Read More
Crop Protection
December 6, 2016
Scientists Aim To Improve Nitrogen, Wate…
Genetic research intends to develop varieties with enhanced nutrient uptake. Read More
Citrus
December 6, 2016
Report: Florida Cannabis Business To App…
Lofty projections include a compound annual growth rate of 140%. Read More
Citrus
December 6, 2016
Florida Citrus Community Tasked To Unify…
A group effort is necessary to forge ahead. Read More
Crop Protection
December 6, 2016
Orondis Opti Fungicide Receives Registra…
The product provides control of Oomycete diseases in vegetables and other specialty crops. Read More
Fruits
December 6, 2016
Fowler Nurseries, Inc. 2017 Variety Show…
For more information on these varieties, contact Fowler Nurseries, Inc. Fowler Nurseries, Inc. 525 Fowler Rd. Newcastle, CA 9565827 Phone: Read More
Vegetables
December 6, 2016
Rupp Seeds 2016 Vegetable Variety Showca…
For more information, contact, Rupp Seeds: 17919 County Rd. B, Wauseon, OH 43567 800-700-1199; WEBSITE www.RuppSeeds.com FAX 419-337-5491; EMAIL [email protected] Read More
Farm Marketing
December 6, 2016
Registration Is Open For 32nd Annual Nor…
The six-day event for agritourism operators heads to the Northeast with highlights including bus tours, educational sessions and workshops, and business exchange. Read More
Insect & Disease Update
December 5, 2016
Best Practices For Bactericides Key To V…
Approval finally cleared for antimicrobial applications, and now growers wait and hope to see positive results. Read More
Citrus
December 5, 2016
South Florida Endures Driest November On…
Region has not experienced any significant rainfall since Hurricane Matthew. Read More
Fruits
December 5, 2016
Fall Creek Nursery 2017 Variety Showcase…
For information about these varieties, contact Fall Creek Nursery: Fall Creek Nursery 39318 Jasper Lowell Road Lowell, OR 97452 800-538-30015 [email protected] Read More
Fruits
December 5, 2016
Team Coverage: Fruit And Nut Industry Co…
Can’t make it to the biggest fruit and vegetable conferences? No sweat, we’ll take you there. Read More
Vegetables
December 4, 2016
Rispens Seeds 2016 Vegetable Variety Sho…
For more information, contact Rispens Seeds: 1357 Dutch American Way, P.O. Box 310, Beecher, IL 60401 708-946-6560; WEBSITE RispensSeeds.com FAX Read More
GenNext Growers
December 4, 2016
New Loans Available For Small, Beginning…
USDA recently announced streamlined guaranteed Loans and additional lender category for small-scale operators. Read More
Crop Protection
December 4, 2016
Bio Huma Netics Opens New Lab Facility
Facility to improve quality control and help expand product line. Read More