OHP launches new biofungicide – Triathlon® BA

July 7, 2015

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OHP, Inc. is proud to announce the summer launch of Triathlon® BA, the next generation preventive biofungicide labeled for both organicTriathlon BA - OHP, Inc. Biofungicide/bactericide and non-organic production.

Triathlon BA controls a wide variety of fungal and bacterial diseases on ornamentals, fruits, vegetables, and herbs and spices.

With the active ingredient Bacillus amyloliquefaciens, Triathlon BA provides control of many foliar and soil-borne diseases such as botrytis, powdery mildew, downy mildew, rusts, leaf spots, alternaria, pythium, phytophthora, rhizoctonia, fusarium, and bacterial spot (xanthomonas).

We are excited to add Triathlon BA to our product line,” notes Terry Higgins, OHP vice president and general manager.

It is unique in that is a biological that not only controls foliar diseases but also offers control of soil-borne diseases such as pythium, phytophthora, and rhizoctonia.

Triathlon BA colonizes plant root hair, preventing establishment of disease-causing fungi and bacteria, notes Dr. Carlos Bográn, OHP manager of technical services.

Triathlon BA not only gives the bedding plant grower an option, it also fills a need for the herb and vegetable grower, who has limited choices for disease control,” notes Dr. Bográn.

Depending on target disease, users can foliar-apply or soil drench Triathlon BA. Repeat applications may be made at 3 to 10 days or as long as conditions favor disease development.

Triathlon BA is formulated in an aqueous suspension solution and carries a 4 hour REI.

For a label, SDS or more information click here.


Heath Lowery Joins OHP

May 12, 2015

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OHP is proud to announce the addition of Heath Lowery to its team of regional sales managers.Heath Lowery

We are ecstatic to add Heath to our team,” notes OHP vice president of sales Terry Higgins. “He is well-liked and respected by his grower customers and distributor sales people.

Heath is based outside of Houston, TX, and covers Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas.

Prior to joining OHP, Heath worked for four years as a regional sales manager for Valent/NuFarm.

In addition, Heath spent three years at Greenleaf Nursery as propagation supervisor.

Heath holds a bachelor’s of science degree from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in horticulture from Stephen F Austin State University.

With his growing background, Heath is a valuable resource for his customers,” adds Higgins. “He’s extremely knowledgeable about growing and about how to best address pest issues.

OHP Inc. is a leading supplier of pest control solutions to the production ornamentals market.


Weed Control inside greenhouses and enclosed structures

April 30, 2015

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Dr. Chris Marbles, Univ of Florida on the importance of weed control in greenhouses and enclosed structures

Presented at SAF conference, Orlando, FL 2015

Weeds of containerized crops in enclosed structures are often more problematic in nursery than greenhouse crops, primarily because most greenhouse crops are grown with higher quality media that is relatively free of weed seed.  However, weeds still cause problems in floriculture crops often due to poor cultural practices. Gravel and fabric mulch can reduce weed germination, but in some cases gravel will become filled with potting media and crop debris, negating their initial benefits.

Weeds easily germinate along edges, and at tears and worn areas of weed block fabric. Scouting is critical to determine if weed seeds are germinating in pots.  Weeds under benches or in walkways may not directly impact plant growth but they do harbor pests (aphids, whiteflies, thrips, and mites). The most cost-effective weed control is prevention and using both chemical and non-chemical methods for a truly integrated pest management (IPM) program.

Full article here: Weed Control inside Greenhouses and Enclosed Structures


OHP introduces improved Marengo G formulation

January 24, 2015

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OHP, Inc. announces the availability of the new and improved Marengo® granular herbicide formulation.

Marengo G herbicide with new verge granules

Marengo G herbicide using New Verge granules.

The new formulation of Marengo G allows for easier application and provides the same effective performance.

We’re pleased with the initial response and market acceptance we saw with the original Marengo G formulation,” notes Dan Stahl, OHP vice president of marketing and business development. “We feel Marengo G produced on the new granule will result in even greater market penetration.

The new Marengo G formulation, with its active ingredient indaziflam, is produced on granules that utilize the proprietary Verge® technology, resulting in larger, heavier, and more uniform particles that offer several advantages for users:

  • Reduced dust for less applicator exposure;
  • More uniform coverage;
  • More accurate, on-target applications even in breezier conditions;
  • Less chance for plant injury as the heavier particle rolls freely off of plant surfaces

The new formulation looks and handles much like Biathlon®, another quality OHP herbicide, notes David Barcel, OHP senior technical manager for herbicides and PGRs.

Both Marengo G and Biathlon are produced utilizing the Verge granule technology,” says Barcel. “We have received nothing but positive feedback from Biathlon users and anticipate the same with Marengo G.

Marengo G offers effective, long-term pre-emergent control of both broadleaf and grassy weeds with little effect on desirable plants. The product does not volatilize and does not move in the soil once it is watered-in after application.

Marengo G can be applied over-the-top of containers in nurseries, and may be applied in hoop, shade and lath houses.

OHP is a leading marketer of pest and weed control solutions to the production ornamentals market.

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Pollinator update: Insecticide alternatives.

September 5, 2014

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At OHP we pride ourselves for bringing the very best crop protection tools into the US ornamental production market. Recent events in the news have sparked a lot of discussion and questions regarding the impact of neonicotinoid insecticides on honey bees and other pollinators.  This has led some growers and retailers away from this family of insecticides which includes some of the most effective and environmentally safe insecticides available today. We are proud to have been the first to bring Neonicotinoid insecticides into our market 20 years ago and we continue to support the use of these important tools in accordance with science based EPA regulations.

Although we continue to support the use of Neonicotinoid insecticides, we understand that growers are looking for chemical alternatives to manage insect pests. Unfortunately there is no single insecticide product  or family of products that provides the breath and length of activity as Marathon®, Discus® (Imidacloprid) or the other neonicotinoid insecticides. However, for growers seeking alternatives, OHP carries an extensive and diverse portfolio of chemical solutions. These include Kontos® (Spirotetramat), and many other insecticides like Judo® (Spiromesifen), Decathlon® (Cyfluthrin), Fulcrum® (Pyriproxyfen), Pedestal® (Novaluron), Adept® (Diflubenzuron), Azatin® O (Azadirachtin) and Triact® (Neem oil).

Kontos is a systemic insecticide for the control of sucking insect pests. Systemic insecticides are incorporated by the plant after application and move from treated surfaces to untreated ones, thus providing better protection than contact-insecticide sprays.  All systemic insecticide molecules available today can move acropetally (towards the tips of the plant) via the xylem but, often because they are highly water-soluble, do not effectively move basipetally (towards the base of the plant) in the phloem.  Kontos is a true systemic insecticide; once in the plant, it converts into a molecule with the perfect combination of characteristics for xylem and phloem mobility.  Kontos is one of very few insecticides available today that is able to move ‘up and down’ the plant and provide complete protection against key pests.

Kontos is also friendly to our environment; since it works within the plant tissues, it is non toxic to pollinators and other insects that do not feed directly on the plant’s sap. Kontos is very quickly degraded by microorganisms in the soil and on the plant surface and it is used at such a low concentration (less than 0.03% by volume) that the chemical load on the environment is very low compared to traditional chemistries.  Also, since it works by inhibiting lipid synthesis (fat reserves) in the developing insects it has little effect on most adult predators and parasitoids that have already developed these fat reserves. Therefore, Kontos is highly compatible with biological control programs within an integrated pest management (IPM) strategy.

Kontos should be used early in the crop cycle to prevent pest damage and not as a rescue treatment; it takes time for the product to reach lethal concentrations within the xylem and phloem tissues and to get translocated through the plant. Applications targeting small initial pest populations not only are more effective but also minimize aesthetic damage and plant losses.