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Nematode News

Nematode News is powered by the expert staff at Becker Underwood USA. This is a community where growers can share experiences, tips and suggestions about the use and benefits of beneficial nematodes in the professional horticulture industry.

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November 21, 2013

Biocontrol use for pest control is on the rise in greenhouses across the nation. Growers are beginning to understand the differences from traditional chemicals and more importantly, the unique requirements for the best results. Greenhouse Grower recently released their annual biocontrol report in the November issue. One of the articles by... Read More

September 13, 2013

We recommend you always check compatibility of chemicals before mixing them with our beneficial nematode products. See our chemical compatibility chart here. Some general guidelines: Some chemicals can be tank mixed with beneficial nematodes at dilute tank mix rates. However, not all chemicals are compatible. Never mix chemicals at concentrated... Read More

August 28, 2013

Why is monitoring so important?  A limitation of many biological control agents is that they cannot quickly control high insect pest populations. Regular monitoring and scouting early in a crop cycle is important to identify the presence of pests. Studying previous pest monitoring and control records will identify what pests were... Read More

August 15, 2013

Every year, Greenhouse Grower compiles an annual ranking of the largest greenhouse operations in the country by total square feet of environmentally controlled greenhouse space. Becker Underwood, now part of BASF, is a proud sponsor of the initiative.  In addition to the ranking, this year they reviewed the state of production... Read More

August 1, 2013

Greenhouse Grower recently asked a few of the Top 100 Growers how they are using biological controls and more importantly, how they made the transition from traditional chemicals to biocontrols.  Post Gardens’ Bill Tuinier said, “We typically use Nemasys® on all our cuttings and plugs. We pretty much treat everything we... Read More

July 26, 2013

Working with beneficial nematodes may take a little extra effort to ensure application success. For instance, the method you use to prepare and mix your application solution can play a large role in the efficacy of the nematodes. When mixed and applied correctly, beneficial nematodes provide effective insect control. Becker Underwood's... Read More

July 23, 2013

With a variety of factors driving pest management changes in horticultural operations, many professionals are looking to expand their use of biological control agents (BCAs), including beneficial nematodes. Growers find beneficial nematodes to be an attractive addition to existing pest management programs because they reduce or eliminate restricted entry intervals,... Read More

July 11, 2013

Insect resistance to pesticides is a never-ending battle. Fortunately, now you can break that cycle of resistance, and extend the longevity of your pesticide control effectiveness with the addition of beneficial nematodes to your current IPM program. Beneficial nematodes virtually eliminate resistance! These tiny assassins attack the insect by physically entering the... Read More

June 4, 2013

When it comes to using biological controls like beneficial nematodes in a greenhouse, there are varying levels of commitment. Some growers like to use a few select biological products in specific areas. Others use them frequently but always in combination with chemicals. And then there are the growers like Eric... Read More

April 12, 2013

While awareness about the use of beneficial nematodes in horticultural industries has risen over the last several years, few growers are aware of how beneficial nematodes are used in turf applications. In a recent article by Golf Course Industry magazine, experts like our nematode field development specialist, Julie Graesch, explain... Read More

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