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    Apple Blossom Thinning with Lime-Sulfur Solution

    Blossom thinning is a crucial step in your crop load management program. By engaging in blossom thinning, you can reduce fruit-to-fruit competition, giving the remaining fruit space to grow and more exposure to sunlight. Lime-Sulfur Solution is OMRI-listed and is currently labeled for apple blossom thinning in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah...
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    Improving Banana Plant Health

    Costa Rica Field Studies Prove Success Using Surround® on Bananas An extensive three-year field study conducted by highly respected researcher Miguel González of CORBANA in Costa Rica demonstrated measurable success when using Surround® Crop Protectant on Bananas. The highly engineered kaolin particles in SURROUND reflect infrared and...
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    Weed Resistance Management

    Know Your Herbicide Mode of Action When herbicides that affect the same biological site of action are used repeatedly over several years to control the same weed species, naturally occurring resistant biotypes may survive, propagate and become dominant in your field. One important way to manage herbicide resistant weeds, is to use herbicides with...
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    Video: Utilize Water More Efficiently

    Learn more about ways that Surround® and Purshade® can create more efficient use of water by keeping plants cooler in extreme temperatures.
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    Video: Sunscreen for Your Crops

    Surround crop protectant and Purshade solar protectant enable you to manage intense sunlight and high heat to achieve the maximum possible yields. Learn more.
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    Video: Sunburn & Heat Stress Protection

    You can't control sunlight, but you can learn how a pair of patented NovaSource products can help make your plants more productive in extreme sun and heat stress. Watch now.
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    Video: Sun and Organic Insect Protectant

    This video explains more about the added value Surround provides as an OMRI-certified insecticide in addition to its proven value as a sun protectant.
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    Video: Improving Plant Health

    Watch the animation that demonstrates how plant health can actually be enhanced in extreme temperatures through the application of Surround® and Purshade®.
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    Stink Bug Infestation

    Use Surround Crop Protectant to suppress BMSB! EPA registered for the suppression of stink bugs in apple, pear and tree nut crops, Surround® Crop Protectant is an effective tool, when used in a comprehensive IPM program, to manage the threat from the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).
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    Plant Health Insights

    Periods of excessive heat and sunlight during critical stages of growth can negatively impact crop quality and overall yields. When ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) light levels rise, and temperatures go beyond a plants optimum, heat-stressed plants will wilt, their stomata close and photosynthetic processes stop.
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    Soil Fumigant Stewardship

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) instituted new requirements for soil fumigation products including metam sodium and metam potassium in recent years. The goal of the new regulations is to protect workers and bystanders while maintaining the benefits of the products for agricultural production. See the Sectagon-42® and...
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    Protecting Pollinators

    Best Management Practices for Sevin Carbaryl Insecticide The effect of Sevin® carbaryl insecticide, on bee and other pollinator populations is an important consideration when preparing to make an application to agricultural crops.
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    Asian Citrus Psyllid

    Asian Citrus Psyllid (Diaphorina citri Kuwayama) (ACP) is an economically important pest in some citrus growing regions such as Florida. The pest carries or vectors Huanglongbing (HLB) or Citrus Greening Disease, a devastating disease of citrus trees.
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    Apple Thinning Tips & Timing

    Sevin® is registered for apple thinning and may be used to chemically thin apples for increased quality, but label directions must be carefully followed. Many factors influence the degree of thinning achieved. Timing of spray, tree age, variety, nutrition, previous crop load, pruning, the degree of bloom set, weather and the use of other chemical...