5 Graphics that Show How Biocontrols are Used by Vegetable Growers

American Vegetable Grower was curious about how biocontrols are impacting the industry. So we took a look at our 2017 State of the Vegetable Industry Survey to see what patterns may emerge.

Here are five infographics with that spell out our most interesting finds:

1. The Number of Growers Using Biocontrols Is Holding Steady

In 2016, we learned a modest majority of growers are using biocontrols. That percentage did not change in 2017.

But, there was a change in which biocontrols are being used…

 

2. There Was an Overall Increase in the Array of Biocontrols Used

In 2016, beneficial insects were the most likely to be used biocontrol method. The number of growers using beneficials did not change significantly in 2017, but there were quite a few more growers using biopesticides (roughly up 8 percentage points), biostimulants (up 3 percentage points), and biochemicals (up more than 5 percentage points).

 

3. Growers East of the Mississippi Are More Likely to Use Biocontrols

 

That East/West divide makes more sense when you consider that Eastern growers are more likely to sell directly to consumers. Take a look at why:

 

4. Who Is Most Likely to Use BioControls?

A full 59% of growers who sell directly to consumers use biocontrols.It could be to help with positioning the grower and market as an eco-friendly operation? Or perhaps the reason is more practical. There is less lag time after applying biocontrols, and so families can enter Pick-Your-Own fields more quickly.

There is an even strong link between growers with protected ag and biocontrols. Having more control over inputs and growing conditions may be explanation enough.

 

5. Organic Growers Are the Group Most Likely to Use Biocontrols

It makes sense that organic growers would want to use biocontrols. It adds an effective weapon to their pest control arsenal.

Yet there was still a sizeable percentage of conventional growers who are integrating biocontrols into their production mix.

If you want to learn more about biocontrols for your own operation, be sure to attend our next biocontrols conference, Biocontrols USA East 2017 Conference & Expo in Orlando, FL, October 12 and 13.

Topics:

Leave a Reply

Biocontrols Conference Stories
Biocontrols Conference
September 1, 2017
Silicon: a Biocontrol Agent that Boosts Plant Immunity
Quality and profitability are two important factors that drive our agricultural markets. We have fine-tuned our cultivation processes over centuries Read More
Biocontrols Conference
August 14, 2017
Biocontrols: The South African Fruit Growers’ Perspective
While insect and disease pressure differs from U.S., South African fruit growers say education and slow transitions make for successful integration of biological products. Read More
sprayer nozzles
Biocontrols Conference
July 31, 2017
11 New Biocontrol Products You Need to Know
One of the highlights of the Biocontrols Conference & Expo Series is getting an early look at some of the Read More
Biocontrols Conference
June 11, 2017
Marrone Bio Innovations Enters into Distribution Agreement with Jet Harvest Solutions
MBI to market Jet-Ag fungicide/bactericide to help growers combat plant disease and control bacteria, mold, and yeasts. Read More
Biocontrols Conference
April 5, 2017
Biocontrol Increasingly Important Option Against Potato Psyllid
Neonicotinoids, a key weapon in the grower’s arsenal against potato psyllids, is becoming less effective, a team of researchers from Texas Read More
Biocontrols Conference
April 3, 2017
5 Graphics that Show How Biocontrols are Used by Vegetable Growers
American Vegetable Grower was curious about how biocontrols are impacting the industry. So we took a look at our State of the Vegetable Industry Survey to see what patterns may emerge. Read More
Biocontrols Conference
April 3, 2017
Silicon: Plant Nutrient and Biocontrol Agent
Editor’s note: Wendy Zellner made an in-depth presentation on silicon and its use as a biocontrol agent in vegetable crops Read More
Biocontrols Conference
March 30, 2017
New Horticultural Technology Tools at Your Fingertips [Opinion]
The new technology of fruit growing may not be what we expected. In fact, it’s likely more than we imagined. Read More
Suzanne Wainwright-Evans speaks to crowd at Biocontrols USA West 2017
Biocontrols Conference
March 6, 2017
More Growers Willing to Bet on Biocontrols
Industry event highlighting alternative pest management methods draws interested crowd to Reno. Read More
Biocontrols Conference
March 15, 2016
Focus On IPM: Biocontrols Provide Progressive Grower Solutions
The Biocontrols USA 2016 Conference & Expo explored new ways to make biological control a mainstream part of your pest management program. Read More
Biocontrols Conference
February 9, 2016
Biopesticides And IPM
Dr. Surendra Dara, Strawberry and Vegetable Crops Advisor and Affiliated IPM Advisor with University of California Cooperative Extension, has long Read More
Biocontrols Conference
February 8, 2016
7 Steps To See If Biocontrols Pencil Out For Your Operation
Have you considered adding biocontrols to your operation? If you have, there’s no doubt you’ve already weighed the potential costs, Read More
Biocontrols Conference
March 23, 2015
Biocontrols Event Draws Rave Reviews
Conference devoted to discussion of biological means to control pests and diseases held last month in Fresno, CA. Read More
Biocontrols Conference
March 9, 2015
Growers Go In-Depth At Biocontrols 2015 Conference & Tradeshow
The first-of-its-kind event brought growers, researchers, regulators, and suppliers together for a two-day discussion on the latest biocontrols tools and technologies. Read More
Biocontrols Conference
February 25, 2015
Biocontrols 2015: Exhibition Sneak Preview
We take a look inside the exhibit hall at the Biocontrols 2015 Conference & Tradeshow. Read More
The Latest
Biocontrols Conference
September 13, 2017
Get Better Results From Your Biopesticid…
Softer crop protection programs are becoming a must in specialty crop production. Growers who aren’t learning more about their options Read More
Biocontrols Conference
September 11, 2017
The Grower’s Take: Citrus, HLB, and Biol…
Uncle Matt’s Organic orange juice brand has enjoyed steady growth since its 2002 inception. The brand’s success is due to Read More
Biocontrols Conference
September 1, 2017
Dispelling the Rumors: Using Biologicals…
Whether you’re a grower, packer, processor, or retailer, you have experienced the dramatic shift in consumer preference for sustainable practices Read More
Biocontrols Conference
September 1, 2017
Silicon: a Biocontrol Agent that Boosts …
Quality and profitability are two important factors that drive our agricultural markets. We have fine-tuned our cultivation processes over centuries Read More
Biocontrols Conference
August 14, 2017
Biocontrols: The South African Fruit Gro…
While insect and disease pressure differs from U.S., South African fruit growers say education and slow transitions make for successful integration of biological products. Read More
Biocontrols Conference
July 31, 2017
11 New Biocontrol Products You Need to K…
One of the highlights of the Biocontrols Conference & Expo Series is getting an early look at some of the Read More
Biocontrols Conference
June 11, 2017
Marrone Bio Innovations Enters into Dist…
MBI to market Jet-Ag fungicide/bactericide to help growers combat plant disease and control bacteria, mold, and yeasts. Read More
Biocontrols Conference
April 5, 2017
Biocontrol Increasingly Important Option…
Neonicotinoids, a key weapon in the grower’s arsenal against potato psyllids, is becoming less effective, a team of researchers from Texas Read More
Biocontrols Conference
April 3, 2017
5 Graphics that Show How Biocontrols are…
American Vegetable Grower was curious about how biocontrols are impacting the industry. So we took a look at our State of the Vegetable Industry Survey to see what patterns may emerge. Read More
Biocontrols Conference
April 3, 2017
Silicon: Plant Nutrient and Biocontrol A…
Editor’s note: Wendy Zellner made an in-depth presentation on silicon and its use as a biocontrol agent in vegetable crops Read More
Biocontrols Conference
March 30, 2017
New Horticultural Technology Tools at Yo…
The new technology of fruit growing may not be what we expected. In fact, it’s likely more than we imagined. Read More
Biocontrols Conference
March 6, 2017
More Growers Willing to Bet on Biocontro…
Industry event highlighting alternative pest management methods draws interested crowd to Reno. Read More
Biocontrols Conference
March 15, 2016
Focus On IPM: Biocontrols Provide Progre…
The Biocontrols USA 2016 Conference & Expo explored new ways to make biological control a mainstream part of your pest management program. Read More
Biocontrols Conference
February 9, 2016
Biopesticides And IPM
Dr. Surendra Dara, Strawberry and Vegetable Crops Advisor and Affiliated IPM Advisor with University of California Cooperative Extension, has long Read More
Biocontrols Conference
February 8, 2016
7 Steps To See If Biocontrols Pencil Out…
Have you considered adding biocontrols to your operation? If you have, there’s no doubt you’ve already weighed the potential costs, Read More
Biocontrols Conference
March 23, 2015
Biocontrols Event Draws Rave Reviews
Conference devoted to discussion of biological means to control pests and diseases held last month in Fresno, CA. Read More
Biocontrols Conference
March 9, 2015
Growers Go In-Depth At Biocontrols 2015 …
The first-of-its-kind event brought growers, researchers, regulators, and suppliers together for a two-day discussion on the latest biocontrols tools and technologies. Read More
Biocontrols Conference
February 25, 2015
Biocontrols 2015: Exhibition Sneak Previ…
We take a look inside the exhibit hall at the Biocontrols 2015 Conference & Tradeshow. Read More