Going Neonicotinoid Free: Pitfalls Abound
Greenhouse Grower Magazine recently published an article by Gary Mangum of Bell Nursery (Maryland) regarding their experimentation with growing neonicotinoid-free this last season. Without any pomp or circumstance, Bell decided to evaluate how their production practices and product results would be altered if they grew their plants without the use of neonicotinoid insecticides.
The results were challenging, including lost product, the need to increase applications of broad-spectrum insecticides, and reduced capacity to accomplish integrated pest management (IPM) strategies. Mr. Mangum concluded that neonicotinoids should be maintained in the grower's toolbox to effectively and safely control problematic insect pests, including invasive and regulated species.
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