Welcome to the BioWorks Bulletin - December 2014

As the days get shorter and colder, it is a reminder that fall has made its exit and winter is arriving quickly. As we look ahead to spring vegetable production, we need to start planning our program for clean and healthy vegetable transplants. BioWorks has safe, effective and economical products to help with your transplant growing in the upcoming months.

Vegetable Transplant Production

By Matt Needham
BioWorks West Region Technical Sales Manager

Many growers use RootShield to give their transplants a healthy start on their journey to the field. RootShield Granules can be incorporated into your soil mix or RootShield WP can be applied as a drench or injection. RootShield will start protecting the vegetables' roots 24 hours after application and will protect the roots for 10-12 weeks. With a 0 hour REI and the added benefit of RootShield continuing to grow on the roots after transplanting, RootShield is the perfect addition to your vegetable growing program.


Recently, RootShield Plus Granules and RootShield Plus WP have been approved for use in California and are approved for use in most of the other 50 states. RootShield Plus is the next generation of RootShield. RootShield Plus is EPA registered and has enhanced control of Phytophthora and aggressive hot season Pythium in addition to the 5 major diseases controlled by RootShield WP and RootShield Granules (Pythium, Rhizoctonia, Fusarium, Thielaviopsis and Cylindrocladium). If planting your transplants into field soil containing existing populations of pathogens, it is helpful to use a broad spectrum preventative fungicide like RootShield or RootShield Plus.


CEASE prevents fungal diseases like Powdery Mildew and Botrytis and bacterial diseases such as Pseudomonas, Xanthomonas and Erwinia. CEASE is safe alternative to copper products, that leaves no unsightly residues, and has been proven safe for beneficial insects, including bees. CEASE has also been very successful when used as a soil application to prevent Pythium, Rhizoctonia, Fusarium and Phytophthora.


MilStop can be used alone or in combination with CEASE to prevent foliar fungal disease. MilStop kills powdery mildew on contact and has a very convenient 1 hour REI. With the power to suppress fungal diseases like Botrytis, rust, downy mildew and powdery mildew, it is a great tool to integrate into your fungicide rotation.

Are You Growing Organic Transplants?

BioWorks has 13 OMRI approved products including insecticides, fungicides and fertilizers to integrate into your transplant growing program:

BioWorks provides many proven organic options to help you grow healthy and strong transplants.
Upcoming Events

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January 12-13, 2015

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January 14-16, 2015

Baltimore, MD


Kansas Arborist Association Winter Shade Tree Conference
January 14-16, 2015    

(Dr. Chris Hayes gives presentation; "Benefits of BIological Control Agents in Controlling Plant Diseases" on Wednesday, Jan. 14th, 2015)



OSU Greenhouse Management Workshop  

January 22-23, 2015
Wooster, OH    

(Dr. Matt Krause gives presentation; "Best Use Practices of Biopesticides for Foliar and Soilborne Disease Management" on Friday, Jan. 23rd, 2015)
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One Grower's Comments: 

"There is comfort in using materials that have low REI, and is safer and less restrictive for our employees. I personally recommend RootShield PLUS to all of our finish growers [customers] and have seen excellent results from the growers who incorporated it into their production."
-T. Jay Higgins 
Sun-Fire Nurseries



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