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    Ever since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a report early this year that one of the four neonicotinoids it has been researching poses a potential risk to bees, the demand for banishment of the pesticides has grown. In Illinois, legislation has been proposed to ban the use of neonicotinoids on public lands owned or […]

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    EDITOR’S NOTE: This column was contributed by Matt Shipp of Shipp Research in Montgomery, Texas. Backpack sprayers have long been a staple of golf courses, lawn-care companies, pest control operations and vegetation management services. With the desire to offer ease-of-use, manufacturers are supplying battery-powered units to the market with surprising success. More consumers are also […]

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    BrandFX Body Co. recently introduced a versatile, composite truck insert designed for the Chevrolet Colorado, model year 2015 to 2016. The Colorado Workpod features plenty of storage options and accessories. Adjustable shelves, a 750-pound capacity Sliding Roll Deck, storage for long tools and a stepladder, and brackets for backpack and handheld sprayers provide plenty of […]

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    As the debate over the use neonicotinoids continues nationally, legislation soon to be awaiting the governor’s signature in Maryland would make that state the first to ban homeowner use of the popular pesticide. Landscapers in Maryland needn’t worry as yet. The state’s legislature only prohibited homeowners from purchasing and using insecticides with neonicotinoid class chemicals such […]

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    As spring progresses toward summertime, Syngenta has announced it will continue its “SecureChoice” Mosquito Assurance Program. Syngenta markets the program to lawn-care companies as an opportunity to grow their customer base and generate additional revenue with a unique 60-day treatment cycle. Unlike other services that offer 21-day or 30-day mosquito control, Syngenta says, the SecureChoice […]

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    Soil testing is like eating right and exercising. Though clearly a good idea, it’s not something that happens as often as it probably should. Agronomists and other plant scientists stress that a given soil’s fertility fluctuates throughout the growing season, so when spring comes around, it’s a good idea to test it. Nutrients that were […]

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    Dow AgroSciences Turf & Ornamental (T&O) is now offering online product training for turf managers who want to brush up on weed, insect and disease control. The three-part interactive course covers pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides, as well as insecticides and fungicides. Each course takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and includes educational training followed by […]

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    Ortho, an insect-control brand of Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., has announced it will stop using neonicotinoids in its pesticides. While scientific studies of so-called “neonics” differ on whether they are harmful to pollinators, some studies suggest pesticides in that class of chemicals are harmful to bees and other pollinators. In response a number of local jurisdictions are […]

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    The perfectly manicured lawn has been part of the American Dream since the 1950s, but landscape architect Edwina von Gal is trying to change all of that. Unlike some, von Gal isn’t trying to rid the world of turf, but rather change the way people care for their lawns. Her goal is to promote chemical-free […]

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    J.R. Simplot Co. will soon begin in-house production of GAL-XEONE, the company’s newest controlled release polymer coating. The new production operation will be part of the Simplot manufacturing complex in Lathrop, California, the company said. Once the facility is in full production, Simplot says, the increased availability of GAL-XEONE coated nutrients will help the company […]

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    For plant suppliers and nurseries, it’s not too early to begin preparing for compliance with new Pesticide Worker Protection Standards (WPS) approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Although EPA approved the change last year and made it effective Jan. 1, 2016, full compliance with most of the new rules is not required until Jan. […]

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    In 2017, a number of changes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made to the Pesticide Worker Protection Standards will go into effect. As mentioned in an earlier TLC article, EPA made these changes in order to reduce pesticide related illnesses among pesticide handlers, including those who work in nurseries and greenhouses. A number of […]

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    The health of North America’s pollinators, especially bees, remains an important economic issue. After all, bee pollination is responsible for more than $15 billion in increased crop production value each year. Although many challenges to pollinator health play out in agricultural and other rural settings, scientists at the Michigan State University Extension, along with partners […]

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    TurfEx has introduced the TT5000 Spread-N-Spray for lawn-care professionals. The machine has a standard height-adjustable boom kit which, according to the manufacturer, maximizes spray width while minimizing waste. The TT5000 is driven by a 7-horsepower Subaru EX210 engine with electric start and has a 0.95-gallon fuel tank. Its Peerless transmission has two forward gears, neutral […]

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      Toro came up with an interesting – and charitable – way to highlight the lifting capability of its Dingo TX 1000 compact utility loader. The company donated 1,000 pounds of canned goods to a local food bank after a social media campaign titled “What would you lift?” After the campaign gathered responses on what […]

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    A mix-up about which field was supposed to be treated with crabgrass inhibitor resulted in a Connecticut baseball stadium’s getting new sod. The Waterbury Municipal Stadium was built in 1930 and had languished for several years before the city approved funding to have a new grandstand and dugout constructed. In preparation for the upcoming 2016 […]

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    Not long after celebrating Independence Day, landscapers from across the country will be flocking to Washington to participate in the National Association of Landscape Professionals’ 20th annual Renewal and Remembrance event. On July 11, more than 400 landscapers will gather to pay their respects to America’s fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery. The volunteers will […]

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    A scientist studying spider venom to discover an alternative to chemical pesticides may sound like the origin story of a comic book character, but for Glenn King, the research resulted in the origin of Vestaron, a developer of peptide-based insecticides. While at the University of Connecticut from 1999 to 2005, King, an Australian biochemist, identified […]

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    Brevard County is not the first Florida area to ban the use of fertilizer during the summer rainy months, but it does lack a way to properly track whether the measure has been successful. The widespread fertilizer ordinance took effect two years ago, as the county sought ways to prevent fertilizer runoff into Indian River […]

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    With an infestation of emerald ash borer not far away in Iowa, the city of Omaha, Nebraska, stepped up its years-long preparation for the Asian beetle, which has already killed hundreds of millions of ash trees across the country. This past Friday, city officials called a press conference to demonstrate how Omaha’s urban foresters would […]

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