Choose your poison carefully

By |April 15th, 2013|

A barn owl nesting box at Omeg Orchards. Notice the metal underneath the box that’s used to prevent raccoons [...]

How integrated mite control works

By |April 1st, 2013|

One of the keys to integrated mite control was that the western predatory mite Typhlodromus occidentalis could effectively control [...]

Calculating the value of biological control

By |April 1st, 2013|

Washington State University entomologist Dr. Stan Hoyt developed integrated mite control in the late 1960s (see “How integrated mite [...]

One last Guthion spray

By |March 1st, 2013|

Fruit growers in Michigan can use existing stocks of the insecticide azinphos-methyl (Guthion) one more time before it is [...]

Why the National Organic Standards Board made its decision

By |February 15th, 2013|

In 2011, when the National Organic Standards Board made a formal recommendation to the National Organic Program to permit [...]

Behind the scenes at the NOSB

By |February 15th, 2013|

Harold Austin

In April, the National Organic Standards Board will decide whether organic apple and pear growers in the United [...]

How the NOSB makes decisions

By |February 15th, 2013|

The National Organic Standards Board is a federal advisory committee that makes the decisions on which inputs can be [...]

Fireblight, antibiotics, and the NOSB

By |February 15th, 2013|

Antibiotics have long been key disease control materials for fireblight, one of the few uses of antibiotics in plant [...]

Neonicotinoids and bees

By |May 15th, 2012|

A spate of new studies came out this spring, all of them seeking to link neonicotinoid insecticides to mortality [...]

Fumigant regulations keep coming

By |April 15th, 2012|

Soil fumigation, like this broadcast application, now requires that fumigation management plans be developed to include a long list [...]