Gardeners who use pesticides should take heed about the potential harm they could be doing to beneficial insects.
Research shows intelligent spray systems deliver healthy plants with fewer pesticides.
In its just-published “2014 Social Responsibility Report,” home improvement chain Lowe’s announced plans to phase out all neonicotinoid and neonic-treated plant material over the next four years, following similar actions by other retailers. In response, AmericanHort issued a press release stating, “Lowe’s position is surprising, considering the most recent and positive reports on the state […]
According to an OregonLive.com report , the city of Portland is considering banning neonicotinoids from use on city-owned property. The ban would not apply to private property within the city. Meanwhile, some state legislators are pushing for a full statewide ban on four types of neonicotinoids — dinotefuran, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and clothianidin — this year. […]
According to a report published by Greenhouse Management magazine, growers who supply Home Depot must now comply with the company’s new mandate requiring all plants treated with neonicotinoids to bear a special tag informing customers that the plant has been exposed to the controversial insecticides. Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer […]
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new voluntary Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) program. The agency hopes to encourage the use of verified, safer pesticide spray products to reduce exposure and pesticide movement while saving farmers money in pesticide loss. Annually, up to 10 percent of agricultural pesticide spray is estimated to drift or move […]
A laboratory analysis of dead honeybee samples taken from hives in Clackamas County this summer showed no detection of pesticides, according to the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Officials said that other factors are likely to be responsible for the death of thousands of bees from colonies owned by four local beekeepers. In addition, Oregon State […]
Photo by Jason Faucera, Clackamas County SWCD Discover ways to save money, reduce pesticide use, and improve the results of pesticide applications at the “Covering Your Assets” workshop on Wednesday, August 13, from 3–9 p.m. at Hans Nelson Nursery (31020 SE Waybill Rd., Boring, Oregon). This hands-on workshop will cover sprayer care, manual and electronic […]
A team of researchers is developing a Smart Sprayer, which will be demonstrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 at Hans Nelson and Sons Nursery, 31020 S.E. Waybill Road, Boring, Oregon. The sprayer, which is still being tested, uses a laser to detect the height, width and volume of the plants in a row. With […]
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has instituted an emergency action regarding the use of two neonicotinoid pesticides. The mandate is in response to a rash of bumble bee die-offs that have been reported around the state over the past several weeks. The emergency action specifically prohibits the use of dinotefuran and imidacloprid on linden […]