Entries by James Watson

California DPR, EPA approve Semios NOW control

Pheromone biopesticide can be used for mating disruption programs. California has approved another tool for growers working to control the navel orangeworm (NOW). Semios was granted label approval by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and similar approval from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for an aerosol pheromone biopesticide that disrupts NOW mating. […]

EPA approves biopesticide for navel orangeworm

Semios has received EPA approval and California Department of Pest Regulation approval for aerosol pheromone biopesticide products that disrupt the mating of the navel orangeworm (NOW). The Semios platform includes in-field camera traps that monitor the number of pests and flight strength. When combined with wind, temperature and other environmental conditions measured and reported by Semios, […]

Wireless Networks Move Pheromones Towards Mainstream Pest Control

Precision agriculture isn’t just for cereal crops anymore. BC-based company, Semios is using wireless technology in orchards and vineyards to monitor pests and apply pheromones instead of commercial pesticides for crop protection. The system is a breakthrough for producers looking to reduce or replace insecticide controls, and is already expanding applications in orchard management. Pheromones […]

Pheromones offer green alternative to pesticide sprays

Sex chemicals confuse male insects into looking for love in all the wrong places. Don’t like pesticides being sprayed on your fruit? Some farmers are now turning to the green alternative of pheromones, the alluring chemicals female insects use to attract males. Pheromones are scent-like chemical signals used by many animals to communicate. For example, […]

Aerosol pheromones take off in targeting oriental fruit moth

Oriental fruit moths are going to be flying solo this summer if growers install an aerosol pheromone dispenser in their orchards. The new technology will disrupt the mating behaviour of this most damaging of orchard pests. Left unchecked, these moths would lay eggs which hatch into larvae that feed internally on apples, pears and stone […]

Semios Launches Frost Module for Precision Farming Platform

Semios, provider of real-time agricultural information for precision farming, launches a new Frost Module. “The Semios Frost Module, takes the guess work out of frost protection on a per acre basis,” said Michael Gilbert, CEO of Semios. “It alerts farmers when there is cause for concern and tracks the outcome of frost mitigation tools in […]

Pheromone-based insect control does well in trials

A Vancouver-based agricultural tech firm is quickly making believers of Canadian farmers with pheromone-based insect control systems that virtually eliminate the need for insecticides. In a two-year field trial of a Semios computer-controlled remote pheromone delivery system on Allan Patton’s apple orchard in Oliver, the concentration of apple clearwing moths dropped from 200 per acre […]