Nursery insecticide product recommendations for key nursery pests

Michigan State University Extension releases a 2014-15 listing of insecticide products for key nursery crop pests, including alternatives to neonicotinoid insecticides for growers who will not be using them.

Ornamental nursery crop growers in Michigan now have a new four-page guide, “Nursery Insect Management 2014/2015,” that lists the current insecticide recommendations for 13 key nursery insect pests that can be a problem to nursery crops. This listing was developed by David Smitley, Extension specialist for ornamentals in Michigan State University’s Department of Entomology, in response to the recent issues surrounding the use of neonicotinoid insecticides and pollinators. 

A Project GREEEN grant and support from the greenhouse and nursery growers in Michigan funded this effort by Smitley.  A team of Michigan State University Extension nursery educators and Smitley surveyed nursery growers across Michigan this summer to see what the industry needs were for alternatives to neonicotinoid insecticides for key pests in trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials. The document, “Nursery Insect Management 2014/2015,” was developed as a result of an effort from the entire team.

Nursery Insect Management 2014/2015” provides suggestions to manage insect pests with either neonicotinoid or alternative insecticides for growers in Michigan.  If you have questions about your insect management program at your nursery, please contact your local MSU Extension nursery management educator.

Dr. Smitley’s work is funded in part by MSU’s AgBioResearch.

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