Canadian growers looking to protect their brassica crops from harmful pests taking a bite out of their profit margins have a new control option.
PMRA has granted label expansion of Pylon miticide-insecticide for chili and onion thrips in greenhouse ornamentals. The product also suppresses pests in greenhouse fruiting crops/cucumbers.
The Pest Management Centre is in final stages of identifying 10 priority ‘A’ projects says executive director Dr. Marcos Alvarez. That’s a tough exercise to winnow from the current list of 47 projects, given the diversity of Canada’s horticultural industry.
This biological mycoinsecticide label has been expanded via the Minor Use Program for management of whiteflies, aphids and thrips on additional greenhouse-grown crops in Canada. These include eggplant, lettuce, mint, onion and Brassica transplants, Asian water spinach and strawberries.
Due to COVID-19, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency is likely delaying several re-evaluation decisions. Growers should note that some of those decisions impact horticultural products.
If you haven’t applied your pre-emergent herbicides, now is the perfect time and if possible try to apply all post-emergent herbicides when temperatures are above 60oF or 16°C. This is May 8 advice from Kristen Obeid, OMAFRA weed management specialist for horticulture.