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Calling the advisers on biological control agents

Andrew Cowles of Andrew’s Greenhouse in South Amherst says that Biobest, with offices in Michigan and Canada, has given him excellent advice as well as supplying him with biological control agents for the past four years.

UMass Extension also offers advice to commercial greenhouse growers on biocontrols. Tina Smith is the extension agent in charge of floriculture including greenhouses.

Since 1990, UMass has been involved with integrated pest management, including biological controls, and since 2005, The Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture program has provided a regular pest message for commercial greenhouse growers. Growers of greenhouse crops can contact Smith at TSmith@umext.umass.edu.

— CHERYL B. WILSON

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