OHP Develops first PGR iOS Application

August 8, 2010

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OHP develops PGR App for Apple iPhone® and iPad®.

Edit: A new version of the popular PGR Calculator has been updated on iTunes. (v2.0)

 

OHP Inc. announces the introduction of its first iPhone application – designed for Apple iPhone®, iTouch® or iPad® users. The PGR Calculator Application is available immediately at no charge through the iTunes® Application Store.

“We wanted to develop a tool that takes the guess work out of the equation when it comes to calculating and applying PGRs (Plant Growth Regulants) in the field,” notes Dave Barcel, OHP senior technical manager and PGR expert. “It’s as easy as making a phone call on the iPhone.” PGR Calculator will allow the user to look up current PGR rates in ppm for spray or drench applications. The grower then enters the desired dose and the size of the application area (L x W) or the number of pots for a drench and the App calculates the amounts of solution and product needed. “A simple tool like this takes the guess work out of PGR applications and calibration. It’s easy and accurate,” adds Barcel.

As a new generation of growers begin to adopt technology into their work practices, applications like the PGR calculator will become useful tools, says Dan Stahl, OHP vice president of marketing and business development. The application allows growers to perform rate calculations for the OHP stable of PGRs, including Augeo™, B-Nine®, Cycocel®, and Paczol®.

“The PGR Calculator Application is further evidence of OHP’s stated goal of providing solutions to the ornamental industry,” says Stahl. OHP will continue to seek cutting-edge technologies to improve its communications with growers and distributors, adds Stahl.

“This is another industry evolution delivering useful technology to our market which we see as invaluable,” says Stahl.

Click here to download the NEW OHP PGR App. (Must have iTunes installed on your computer)

 

OHP Introduces Augeo™

June 1, 2010

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OHP introduces Augeo™ – Plant Growth Regulator (PGR) to the production ornamental market

Augeo (pronounced ah’ gee o) is a unique PGR developed to increase lateral branching in both herbaceous and woody plants. Augeo produces thicker, fuller crops with increased side shoots and increased bloom potential. Labeled for use in greenhouses, nurseries, lath and shadehouses, Augeo may be used on perennials, bedding and flowering plants, plugs and liners, trees, shrubs, woody plants, and foliage.

“Some crops have difficulty in developing more branches especially in the very early stages of growth,” notes OHP Senior Technical Manager and PGR Specialist Dave Barcel. “When used properly, Augeo can help with those crops.” Barcel stresses that proper application timing is critical for maximum effectiveness. Generally speaking, the earlier the application, the more consistent the result, notes Barcel. Growers should consult the specimen label for timing instructions.

Unlike traditional PGRs, most of which are giberellic acid (GA) inhibitors, Augeo’s active ingredient dikegulac-sodium induces cell wall collapse. The result is similar to a chemical pinch with decreased apical dominance, increased lower bud initiation, and release of lower buds. “Most PGRs inhibit GA production in the plant,” says Barcel. “Even though we call Augeo a PGR, we know it doesn’t work that way. It is unique in its mode of action.”

OHP plans to continue testing Augeo throughout 2010 and beyond to increase the number of plants on the specimen label. Augeo has a “Caution” signal word and carries a 4-hour Restricted Entry Interval (REI).

In addition to Augeo, OHP markets other leading PGRs including B-Nine®. Cycocel®, and Paczol®.

As with all pesticides, growers should read and follow label directions before using Augeo.

 

OHP Introduces Veranda™ O

April 3, 2009

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OHP introduces Veranda™ O fungicide to ornamental market

OHP, Inc., a leading marketer of pest control solutions for the production ornamentals market, announces the introduction of Veranda O, a unique fungicide for the grower. Veranda O provides environmentally-friendly control of hard-to-control diseases such as alternaria blight, anthracnose, botrytis, fusarium, powdery mildew, sclerotinia, and rhizoctonia root and crown rot.

Veranda O contains the active ingredient Polyxin, a natural antibiotic and fermentation product of a soil bacterium, according to OHP Director of Technical Services Jeff Dobbs. “In addition to providing control of many problematic diseases, the active ingredient in Veranda O has an extremely favorable toxicological profile,” notes Dobbs. “It has no toxicity to land mammals, insects, or birds, and degrades rapidly – within two to three days — in the environment.” Veranda O is designated as a biochemical fungicide by the United States EPA Bio-Pesticide Division.

Veranda O features a unique mode of action, preventive and curative activity, long-term residual control, and locally systemic activity. As an easy-to-use water dispersible granule (WDG) formulation that leaves little residue, Veranda O may be used in greenhouses, lath and shadehouses, interiorscapes, and field and container nurseries. In addition to ornamentals, Veranda O will soon be labeled for use on cucurbits, fruiting vegetables, pome fruits, and strawberries grown under cover.

Veranda O carries a 4-hour Restricted Entry Interval (REI) and a Caution signal word. With the addition of Veranda O, OHP now features 13 fungicide brands in its family of products. Growers should use Veranda O as part of a resistance management strategy that includes rotation with other fungicides with different modes of action. For more information on Veranda O click here.

 

OHP Introduces Shuttle® O Miticide

February 24, 2009

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OHP introduces Shuttle® O miticide to ornamental market

OHP, Inc., a leading marketer of pest control solutions to the nursery and greenhouse markets, announces the introduction of its latest addition to the OHP portfolio of quality product. Shuttle O miticide is now available as a high-quality miticide for control of several key mite species. “We are excited to be adding yet another quality miticide to our portfolio of products,” notes OHP Vice President and General Manager Terry Higgins. “With the addition of Shuttle O to our line which already includes Floramite®, Judo™, Kontos™, and Triact®, we are by far the market leader in the mite control segment.”

Shuttle O features several key features that fit well into an IPM program, notes Dan Stahl, OHP vice president of marketing and business development. Shuttle O is a miticide for the 21st century with the many positives it offers such as rapid knockdown, Reduced Risk classification, activity on all life stages, long residual control, and a unique mode of action,” says Stahl. “In addition, Shuttle O is soft on beneficial insects.” Shuttle O is effective on a wide range of mite species including two spotted spider mites, spruce spider mites, citrus red mites, European red mites, and Pacific spider mites, and several others.

Shuttle O, with active ingredient acequinocyl, is the only member of Mode of Action (MOA) group #20 (electron transport inhibitors), which makes the product a great addition to any mite control rotational strategies.

Labeled for use in greenhouses, field and container nurseries, and interitorscapes, Shuttle O has been tested on many plant species and has been shown to be safe on even tender plant material. Shuttle O is a suspension concentrate (SC) formulation and carries a 12-hour Restricted Entry Interval (REI) and a Caution signal word. For more information on Shuttle O click here.