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“Orius-System tackles adult thrips in strawberry”

Over recent years, Biobest advisor Arno Hellemons has seen good results using a combination of cucumeris and Orius to control thrips in strawberry crops. “With this strategy, strawberry growers are getting this challenging pest under control,” he says.

“Most growers already use Amblyseius-System and/or ABS-System,” explains Arno. ”This provides an excellent start as the cucumeris eats thrips larvae, efficiently tackling the first stage. Introducing this predatory mite into the crop regularly and preventatively provides an effective first line of defense. However, it doesn’t control adult thrips. Orius-System is a valuable addition to the control strategy as it eats all stages of thrips, while also tackling aphids, spider mites, and whitefly.”

Pay attention to temperature
Arno advises growers to pay attention to the ambient temperature. “Orius develops considerably slower at low temperatures,” he explains. “Therefore, when cultivating in tunnels, I recommend waiting until night temperatures remain above 8°C before introducing Orius-System. Meanwhile, greenhouse growers can start introductions now.

“Recommended introduction rates for Orius-System vary from 2 to 8 units per square meter – with the predator population reaching full strength within 1.5 to 2 months. To ensure the correct introduction rate for your crop, always contact your Biobest advisor.”

Timely monitoring
Besides effective control, Arno says active scouting is crucial. “Our Crop-Scanner app can support growers in this,” he says. “This tool works on smartphones and tablets and is connected to an online web portal. This means all observations in the crop can be brought together and stored – enabling growers, and their advisers, to analyze data online and closely monitor pest outbreaks. In this way, we are able to develop a timely biological control strategy.”

Respond quickly
Arno also stressed the importance of sticky traps. He advises growers to hang 1000 – 2000 Bug-Scan Yellow NHS traps per hectare. “Thanks to our ‘New hanging system’ with clips, this task has been made easier and more efficient,” he says.

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Israel announces creation of global seed company

Two Israeli seed producers, Nirit Seeds and TomaTech, have joined forces to create Israel’s largest vegetable seed company. This synergy will enable unique seed breeding research and development that will accelerate the company’s growth in the international seed markets.

Upon completion of the merger, the company will have more than 80 employees worldwide, including molecular biologists, breeders, agronomists, and others.
The company will improve its breeding activities in Israel, Spain, Mexico and Italy, as well as significantly expand its representation in the Netherlands and North America, with a particular focus on growing vegetables in high-tech greenhouses.

Nirit Seeds is one of the most successful internationally traded tomato and pepper seed producers, investing in the development of revolutionary genetic technologies. TomaTech is one of the leading tomato seed companies in Israel, developing premium varieties, including those resistant to the dangerous Tomato Brown Ruffle Virus (ToBRFV).

The production of crop seeds is one of the most advanced and high-tech sectors in Israel. According to the Seed Department of the Federation of Israel Chambers of Commerce, seed exports currently generate $200 million in annual revenue. There are about 25 large and medium-sized companies in the local industry.

For reference. According to market research, the global vegetable seed industry is valued at $8 billion a year and is growing at a CAGR of 8%.

Prepared according to https://www.freshplaza.com

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Karachay-Cherkessia became one of the leaders in the production of greenhouse vegetables at the end of 2021

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Greenhouse vegetable production in 2021 reached a record 1.4 million tonnes. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the leaders among the regions in this segment are the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Lipetsk, Moscow, Kaluga, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Saratov, Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, the Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. These regions account for more than 60% of the total production in the country. The intensive development of greenhouse projects in our country helps to provide Russians with fresh vegetables all year round. Last year, the harvest in winter greenhouses updated the 2020 record – more than 1.4 million tons of products were received. Including the production of cucumbers amounted to at least 830 thousand tons, and tomatoes – 590 thousand tons. It is expected that by 2025 the volume of vegetable production in year-round greenhouses will be at least 1.6 million tons of vegetables.

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December: Special Year Overview

In 2022, it will be 22 year since the new millennium started. Can’t believe it? Neither can we, but it is true. Before we go there, it is time to reflect on what has happened this year. Over the next couple of weeks, we will look back at 2021 and we will highlight the most important events that impacted the industry.

New greenhouses, events, even a few shows, technical novelties, and all other relevant news will pass by, offering you something other than Covid to talk about during Christmas and New Years’.

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Wish your customers Happy Holidays
This special also offers an opportunity to put your company in the spotlight with a banner in this special box. This banner can be booked until December 24 on our newsletters. For more information, feel free to send an email to: info@hortidaily.com 

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