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Without neonics, invasive pests would devastate T&O industry

Growing Matters is releasing two new case studies on the effectiveness of neonicotinoids on pest management.  The first is about the invasive silverleaf whitefly in ornamentals.  Neonics are a critical tool in controlling this insect that has had devastating effects, including costing growers hundreds of millions of dollars in losses in a single season.  The second is on the impact of the chinch bug in the turfgrass and lawn care industry.


Bayer opens Weed Resistance Competence Center in Germany

Herbicide-resistant weeds are a growing global problem. The official opening of Bayer CropScience’s Weed Resistance Competence Center (WRCC) in Frankfurt on 19 November is a major step forward in tackling weed resistance, as it will develop new weed control strategies, and share knowledge within the global community of farmers, agronomists and scientists.


NTSB announces that drones are subject to FAA rules

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a much-awaited decision Tuesday that will surely be a disappointment to many drone enthusiasts, ruling that FAA rules that apply to manned aircraft apply to unmanned aircraft or drones, reports contributor John Goglia.


First sale of carbon credits from ranch grasslands completed

A U.S. Department of Agriculture grant has helped initiate a partnership that is improving the environment, creating a market for carbon credits generated on working grasslands, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, recently purchased almost 40,000 carbon dioxide reduction tons generated on working ranch grasslands in the Prairie Pothole region of North Dakota.


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