Currently the world is facing unprecedented challenges such as unpredictable weather patterns, efficient control of pests and diseases, depletion of our resources, and nowadays even suffering from the effects of a pandemic. No wonder then that agriculture is one of the most innovation-driven industries, as farmers all around the world are looking for and create new solutions for a multitude of challenges.
On the global production front, nematodes are one of the most destructive pests, causing at least 5% of total crop losses – exceeding US$10 billion annually. For potato producers in particular, the potential and real harm damage caused by nematodes are often devastating. As most potato farmers know, nematodes can decrease potato yields on average by at least 20%. Some species of nematodes, such as pale cyst nematodes, are able to cut potato yields by 50% or even more without appropriate treatment.
Major potato-producing countries USA, Australia, the UK, India, China, and Russia have had many waves of potato cyst nematode infestations in the past. The result was a significant decrease in total saleable production and lower overall production of potatoes. For the global potato industry nematodes are costly burdens to successful production; they place a significant constraint on micro and macro levels, causing losses to farmers and a threat to global food security.
While the usage of many chemical crop protection products to control nematodes on potato are getting more prohibitive for numerous reasons, many farmers are turning to biological products because they are usually proven to be safe, efficient and economical to use.
GROPRO, Corp. a US based producer and supplier of biological crop protection products has recently launched a steady stream of products in the agricultural market. With multiple field trials completed in the U.S. and internationally, GROPRO has a proven track record of delivering natural and organic products, while allowing for growers to apply conventional agrochemical products within an integrated pest management (IPM) framework.
One of GROPRO’s flagship products is Vigilance Nematicide, the companies