Zio Press Release

     AgBiome announced this month (March, 20, 2017) that Zio fungicide has been approved by the EPA. This new fungicide will be marketed by SePRO. "SePRO's knowledge of the turf and ornamental market and expertise in commercializing products make them the perfect partner to bring our first product to these markets," said Ted Piatt, Sales Director at AgBiome Innovations.

     Zio effectively controls economically important and problematic pathogens, and is the first product to come out of AgBiome's development pipeline, which will hopefully be followed by several other insecticides and fungicides in development.

     Check out the press release here from PRNewswire.com, or on the link available below.

Novel Control Method at Golf Course

Image credit: herdsforhire.au

Image credit: herdsforhire.au

     "They love the weeds," said Matt Seitz, general manager at Crazy Horse Sport Club and Golf Course, referring to their newest weed control method. "Especially the poison ivy. I saw them running along and they just stopped and started gobbling it up. It's like candy to them."

     The voracious eaters referred to by Seitz are actually 3 female goats, obtained from a friend of his. "We keep them off the fairways and greens," he said. "They're just in the deep rough."

      For those of you wondering, yes, you can pet them. "They are really social. They love people. They will come up to you and rub against you. They want to be petted. I thought they might be a little cantankerous, but not these gals. They don't bit, though I did have one try to chew on my pant leg."

     The goats, however, are still on a trial period. "If it pans out, if we like what they're doing and people like them, we may get more if needed. If they're too much of a problem or maintenance concern, they may go back to their previous life."

     For the full article from agweb.com, click here or on the link available below.

Researchers Reverse Metabolic Resistance to Pre-emergent Herbicide

     In a discovery that is welcoming news to many grain growers, an organo-phosphate insecticide known as phorate has been shown to reverse metabolic resistance to the pre-emergent, soil-applied herbicide trifluralin.

Annual Rye Grass was looked at in the study. covercrops.cals.cornell.edu

Annual Rye Grass was looked at in the study. covercrops.cals.cornell.edu

     This is great news, but research is still preliminary. "It's a proof of concept," said Roberto Busi, research fellow at the University of Western Australia and researcher at the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative. "It is not by any means that we are recommending just yet the practice with the specific insecticide or herbicide that we have been working with, but it is a great and important proof of concept that we can reverse resistance to soil applied herbicide."

     "The research into new herbicide molecules or in particular herbicide modes of action, is very much decreasing, so we have to achieve more, we have to do more with what we already have. That isn't easy, that is why we have to do intensive research to basically allow farmers to still be able to rely on tools that are simple to use, simple to adopt but they may have an improve [sic]efficacy."

     For the full article from abc.net.au, click here or on the link available below.