2018 Poinsettia Wrap Up: Whitefly and Pesticides

Bemisia 4_SJAs suspected, it’s turned out to be a heck of year for Poinsettia.  Many growers faced Erwinia, others had rooting issues, and all faced significant pressure from Bemisia whitefly from infested cuttings.

As the time approaches for the plants to go out the door, this post covers whitefly control successes/failures in 2018, and what to do with remaining populations.

Whitefly and other poinsettia issues are also being discussed at the Niagara Poinsettia Open House on Tuesday, November 20th. This will take place at Jefferys Greenhouse (Plant II) starting at 10 am.  See the latest issue of Greenhouse Canada Magazine for more information (pg. 28). Hope to see many of you there.

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Which Thrips are in Your Flower Crops (Part II): How to ID and Control Onion Thrips

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Thrips tabaci, or Onion thrips. Photo courtesy of Thrips-ID.com.

If you were at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference (or are regularly reading this blog!) you’d know we’ve recently identified Onion thrips as a pest of floriculture crops in Ontario (see this post).

Outside of Ontario?  Well, this still may apply to you, as a recent study in France also indicated that up to 47% of pest thrips in floriculture greenhouses were Onion thrips.  So, this issue could be wide-spread.

My last post covered the extent of the problem in Ontario’s industry.  This post will help you identify if YOU are dealing with Onion thrips (OT) along with Western flower thrips (WFT), and what to do about it.

 

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Which Thrips Are in Your Flower Crops: When Paradigms Shift (Part 1)

WFT on hibiscus_Caitlin McDonald_1Up until this point, most of Ontario floriculture growers (and me!) assumed the only pest thrips we were dealing with was Western flower thrips (besides Echinothrips in a few crops like gerbera and poinsettia).

But a survey conducted in major commercial operations in 2016-2017, AND recent outbreaks of serious damage have proved us wrong. (You know what they say about assuming!). Keep reading to find out the truth about thrips! Continue reading “Which Thrips Are in Your Flower Crops: When Paradigms Shift (Part 1)”

The “Tipping Point” for Whitefly Control in Poinsettia

Picture1If you started out  using biological control in your Poinsettia crop this year, you’ve now reached the crucial tipping point for whitefly control decisions.

Based on the size of your whitefly population in mid-late September, your populations could end up too high by November  to effectively control.  Ultimately, this could affect sales.

So, do you keep going, and hope for the best?  Or switch horses mid-stream, and start using chemicals?  To help you determine which is the right call, keep reading.

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Japanese beetles are in flight! WHAT and WHEN to spray.

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Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) adults were spotted flying on June 29 (2018) in Ontario!

The Japanese beetle season is upon us once again!  Adults were spotted this week in Southern Ontario.

Shipping outside Ontario or need to meet the requirements of the JB Certification Program? Not sure what’s required?

This post contains a treatment “decision tree” and a JB product “cheat sheet” to help growers of greenhouse ornamentals.

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Worried About Whitefly? Control Strategies in Poinsettia for 2018.

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Bemisia whitefly (Bemisia tabaca) adults on poinsettia.  In high pressure years, poinsettia plants can quickly become unsellable due to this pest.

The floriculture industry in Ontario seems to have mostly avoided heavy aphid AND thrips pressure this spring/summer.  But from everything I’ve been hearing, we are NOT going to be that lucky with whitefly on poinsettia this year.

 

This  post goes over preventative measures that should be taken as soon as cuttings come in the door, biocontrol programs for whitefly on poinsettia, and WHEN and WHAT to spray for this so you can avoid resistance issues.

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May IPM Refresher: Effectively Controlling Thrips in Mums

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IPM in potted mums can be challenging at times, but Ontario has lots of strategies for  thrips control in this crop.

New to a thrips biological control program for  chrysanthemums, or just need a refresher on the most effective strategies currently being used in the industry?  Then watching the Greenhouse Canada Webinar, “Tips for Thrips Control: From Propagation to Pocketbook” is a good place to start.

Keep reading for the webinar link and some chrsysanthemum IPM tips for 2018.

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