By Chris Hayes, Ph.D, Southeast Technical Sales Manager
Are you doing the same thing the same way and expecting different results? For years many growers have excelled at producing the same plants and making a profit. Those good times are gone. Today growers are cutting back on their "traditional" plants and looking for more unusual plants and markets where they can stay in the game and increase their profits. Essentially, growers are diversifying.
With diversity, new challenges arise.
As a grower you may be faced with new insect and pathogen issues. Having a diversity of tools available is helpful; having a diversity of safe and effective tools is preferred. Biological tools are safe and effective when used preventatively to manage insects and pathogens.
BioWorks offers a wide variety of living and non-living biologicals that "eat", "leak", "dry", "suffocate", or "interfere" in managing your insect and pathogen issues.
RootShield: Mycoparasitism- one organism "eats" the other
The beneficial fungus in RootShield® grows on the plant's roots and "eats" many different root rotting fungi before they can cause damage. The beneficial fungus in BotaniGard® infects multiple types of insects by "eating" through or penetrating the insect's cuticle. The beneficial nematodes in NemaShield® & NemaShield® HB "eat" root-damaging soil insects in the larval stage.
The beneficial bacterium in CEASE® forces both bacterial and fungal membranes to lose integrity, causing them to "leak" their contents and die.
MilStop® will "dry up" many types of foliar pathogens, stopping them from further growth.
SuffOil-X® "suffocates" both insects and pathogens.
Molt-X® "interferes" with the normal development of juvenile insects by interrupting the molting process.
Growers are diversifying to meet market needs, and (let's face it) to stay in business. BioWorks continues to work with growers to offer a diversity of safe and effective biological products to meet many different insect and pathogen control needs. Most BioWorks products are OMRI listed, and all have low REIs. To find out more about the BioWorks family of products, click here.