UAV-IQ has been selected as one of the Top 10 semi-finalists in the 2024 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. This is the 10th year of the Challenge, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it.
What are the life stages of insects? Insects are the most diverse and abundant group of animals on the planet, with over a million species known to science. One thing that they have in common though is that they all undergo a process called metamorphosis, which involves a series of developmental stages before reaching adulthood.
The role of legislation & outreach effort in regenerative agriculture with Joseph Brinkley, Director of Regenerative Farming at Bonterra Organic Vineyards.
UAV-IQ’s Comment on CDPR’s Sustainable Pest Management Roadmap for California
UAV-IQ is thrilled to finally launch its BioDrop season for berry farmers in Monterey after a couple of months of severe weather.
A discussion with Scott Park, a 1,400-acre mix crop farm owner, on how to transition to regenerative organic agriculture.
A discussion with Mauro Maldonado, viticulturist of Ridge Vineyards, on how to mobilize and train your vineyard crew for pest scouting.
A discussion with Michael Gilbert, founder and CEO of Semios on how forecast pest models help IPM planners rely less on pesticides.
O’Neill Vintners & Distillers’ Journey From Sustainable To Regenerative Viticulture At Robert Hall Winery
A discussion with Caine Thompson, managing director of Robert Hall Winery on the goals of their regenerative viticulture study started in 2020.
A discussion with David Gates of Ridge Vineyards on how pest pressure varies according to the location and variety of the vine, beneficial insects he has used in his vineyards, and some of the cultural practices he implemented to limit pest pressure.
A discussion with Lane Stoeckle, PCA based in California, on augmentative biocontrol in strawberry production, the use of drones to release predators over large areas, and the challenge of the industry to manage soilborne diseases.
A discussion with Emily Symmes of Suterra on the use of mating disruption and insect traps, and on the future of augmentative biological control in nut cropping systems.
A discussion with Greg Gonzalez of Scheid Vineyards on the importance of the vineyard crew’s role in an IPM program, and on misconceptions about the cost of transitioning to organic.
A discussion with Alejandro Del-Pozo about the need for vegetable growers to get ahead of upcoming pesticide regulations by using conservation and augmentative biocontrol in vegetable crops as well as new technologies available to IPM practitioners.
A discussion with Kent Daane about the need to manage insecticides as part of an IPM program, the biological control agents being used in vineyards, and the use of cover crops for promoting vine health.
A discussion with Kelly Damewood, CEO of CCOF about the challenge of the organic transition period and how both public and private funding can support farmers.
A discussion with Mark Hoddle of UC Riverside about the role of classical, augmentative, conservation biocontrol and ant management in the fight against the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) and other sap-sucking pests.
A discussion with Gina Bella Colfer, key account manager for organic agriculture at Wilbur Ellis, about conservation biological control, the use of beneficial insects in vegetable crops, and the promotion of soil health.
A discussion with Chris Sayer, manager of Petty Ranch, a lemon and avocado farm in Ventura, California, about cover cropping, integrated pest management, biocontrol and climate change.
“The Lack Of Incentives For Adopting IPM Is Probably The Strongest Barrier” – Surendra Dara, UC Cooperative Extension
A discussion about some of the advantages of IPM, the current lack of incentives for its adoption, the difference between IPM and organic practices as well as the need for better field scouting and education.
We had a very interesting conversation with Chrissie Davis, the national account manager of Koppert USA’s outdoor agriculture team. Koppert Biological Systems is the worldwide leader producing beneficial organisms, microbials, macro-organisms, and pollinators.
We had a great conversation with Liron Brish, Farm Dog’s CEO, during which we discussed his vision of what he calls “Digital Integrated Pest Management, or Digital IPM” for short.
Instead of waiting for pest populations to reach the level at which the cost of treatment equals the cost of lost yield (known as the Economic Injury Level or EIL), ETLs incorporate growth models as well as the time it takes for treatments to take effect to calculate action points.
A tiny arthropod called Persea mite (Oligonychus perseae) loves avocados so much that it feeds on their leaves in 99% of California’s avocado orchards, with coastal areas being particularly popular spots for them, because who doesn’t like dining with a view of the Pacific?
In partnership with Koppert Biological Systems, the world leader in biological pest management, UAV-IQ announces the initiation of an agricultural pest management service utilizing drones to efficiently release beneficial insects and mites.
UAV-IQ was invited to tell its story Startupfest 2019, one of Montreal’s world-renowned summer festivals. It was great to see other agriculture-focused startups doing great things and earning recognition at an event focused on celebrating and fostering entrepreneurship. It was an honor for us to be named a champion of the event’s Startup World Championships 2019, a competition that attracts companies from around the world.
While Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a blend of art and science where experience and rules of thumb are relied upon heavily, a quality IPM plan can be fine-tuned to meet the specific agro-economic needs of individual farms.
Some predators and parasitoids have proven to be very efficient at controlling mealybugs.
99% of the US’s grape is produced in California because of its favorable conditions, but the nice weather and moderate winter in the Golden State is particularly attractive to mealybugs.
There are currently hundreds of biological control agents commercially available. In this article, we explore the pros and cons of using parasitoids versus predators.