BioSafe Systems Offers a Superior Glyphosate Alternative Herbicide with AXXE®

East Hartford, CT — BioSafe Systems, LLC has created a fast and effective herbicide that rapidly burns weeds within hours of application. AXXE Broad Spectrum Herbicide® is a non-selective and highly potent glyphosate alternative that does not come with the health concerns synonymous with conventional herbicide application. It is perfect for use in schools, playgrounds, hospitals, daycares, HOA’s, commercial and residential landscapes.

AXXE’s active ingredient, Ammonium Nonanoate, is a plant fatty acid that penetrates the cell wall of plants, disrupting cellular function in targeted weeds. It kills weeds on contact and does not volatilize or systemically kill. AXXE produces no residue and does not have resistance issues. Its sustainable chemistry is made in America and OMRI-listed for organic use.

AXXE can be tank mixed to improve other herbicide efficacies. When paired with nonionic surfactants, AXXE is absorbed quicker and spreads over the plant’s entire surface, leading to more efficient and effective weed control.

BioSafe Systems is proud to announce that AXXE is now a USDA Certified Biobased® Product. This product label indicates that AXXE’s formula contains 100% biobased products, or rather, products that are derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine and forestry materials. The label recognizes AXXE as a sustainable product that follows the USDA BioPreferred Program’s goal of increasing the development, purchase and use of biobased products to improve environmental health.

 

Clean Up Your Act: Sanitation in Hydroponic Growing, an article in the February edition of insideGrower

Hydroponic growing has become a standard production method over the last 80 years. Its rise in popularity doubles and triples annually. The major crops grown hydroponically in the U.S. are tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, cucumber, herbs, strawberries and ornamentals. Hydroponics gives you an extended season and a boost in yields, leading to an increase in profitability. Since both the water and nutrients are recycled, this is an ecologically responsible way to produce food. Among the many benefits lurk potential pitfalls. There can be a large capital expense associated with the initial set-up. The hydroponic grower needs to be nutrient savvy and have a technical understanding of the system. These challenges are further compounded by the increase in disease pressure and algae through the recirculating water. Prevention and sanitation are the best defense a hydroponic grower has against potential production snags.

SANITIZING A HYDROPONIC SYSTEM VS. A CONVENTIONAL GREENHOUSE
Since hydroponics uses water as the medium, the potential for contamination from water-borne pathogens increases. On the upside, foliar disease usually decreases. It’s difficult to prevent and decontaminate a hydroponic system. The most common pathogens are Pythium and Fusarium. These notoriously persistent diseases readily travel through water. They produce an abundance of zoospores, as well as chlamydospores or oospores allowing for long-term survival. Many times, these reproductive structures will colonize dead plant debris, which protects them from attempts to treat the water. The level of prevention and sanitation in a hydroponic greenhouse needs to balance the increase in disease pressure.

Algae is a nuisance in hydroponic growing that plagues the system throughout production. They thrive in the oxygenated, fertilized water. Not only is it unsightly and messy, but it harbors pests and depletes the dissolved oxygen levels in the water. This uninterrupted flow of liquid nutrient feeds algae and can create an impenetrable layer on greenhouse surfaces such as walkways, plastic, end walls, benches and on the inside of irrigation/mist lines. These conditions can be hazardous for workers and influence crop quality and yield. Algae grows in layers, so it’s important to be diligent when cleaning. Sometimes physically scrubbing is best to ensure that products are penetrating each layer of algae. A good way to decrease algae build-up and spread is to maintain your sanitation practices throughout the growing cycle, not just at the end of each crop cycle. Standardize practices, such as spraying racks, empty benches, walkways, and sanitizing pots and trays to maintain a clean environment during the production cycle. Be sure to check labels and make sure the products can be used while a crop is in production and doesn’t have to be rinsed.

In a hydroponic system, all contact surfaces and equipment that encounter flood water or plant material must be washed first and then disinfected. Washing with detergent THEN rinsing with water will emulsify organic matter and rinse it away. Plain water can’t do that. The photo of a steamed plug tray gives us a visual of what can be left behind when only rinsing is used. The tray in this photo was rinsed and then steamed, but much of the organic matter still remains on the surface. This resulted in an infection in the next crop. Incorporating the washing step will eliminate what water cannot. This is true of all surfaces, including water tanks, floors, benches and the irrigation system. Dead plant tissue harbors pathogens and decreases the efficacy of sanitizing agents, whether they’re added to the irrigation water or used in between crop cycles.

KEEPING BIOFILM AT BAY
An important objective with cleaning and sanitizing is to keep biofilm from creating an irreversible layer on surfaces. This is a gluey mass of bacteria, algae and other free-floating microorganisms that form into a colony. The mass is protected with large molecules that are like the polysaccharide layer found in algae. Part of its survival strategy is creating a protective barrier using this slimy matrix. It’s tenacious and difficult to completely eradicate. We’ve heard of biofilm causing trouble in irrigation lines, but when surfaces aren’t thoroughly cleaned, bacteria will continue to build up. Biofilm adheres to materials, such as stainless steel, plastic, copper, rubber and lead.

Disinfection seals the pathogen’s fate by physically destroying it. There are many sanitation products available. These include activated peroxides (products with peracetic acid/hydrogen peroxide combination such as Sanidate 5.0), bleach, chlorine dioxide, quaternary ammonium, and ozone and heat/UV. Most of these treatments are oxidizers, which increases the need to eliminate as much organic matter as possible. Some are more powerful than others because of their stability in the environment. Activated peroxides are stable, high-level disinfectants. They’re more resistant to environmental factors, making them less prone to quick degradation.

It’s worth doing your homework on sanitizers prior to making a choice. Important considerations are the stability/power of the product, PPE requirements, REI restrictions and whether a rinse is needed after the application. Irrigation lines, whether underground, soil level or overhead have a literal hidden dark side … in the line itself. Water and nutrient make a very conducive atmosphere for many organisms. They’re fed, sheltered and protected, which allows them to take root, grow and reproduce. This is biofilm and it moves when pieces break off and travel with the flow of water.

Some common problems that can be associated with irrigation line cleanliness are water-borne pathogens such as Pythium and Fusarium. They can easily become attached and thrive in biofilm. Pieces will eventually get swept up, move down stream and are then deposited everywhere water splashes. Clogged emitters are indicative of a severe problem. In order to eliminate this, the irrigation lines should be as much a part of the clean-up as the greenhouse surfaces themselves.

If you regularly shock and flush your irrigation lines, consider maintaining them by treating your irrigation water throughout the season. This is a very effective way to keep free-floating micro-organisms from attaching and growing. There are several options for treating irrigation water on a continuous basis. Take time when making your choice to consider your facility, budget and what your goal is.

Sarah Brackman is Technical Sales for BioSafe Systems, LLC. She can be reached at sbrackman@biosafesystems.com.

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Animal Activists

By: Rob Larose, CEO & President of BioSafe Systems

I turned 60 years old in 2018 and for my entire adult life, I have been a meat eater. I have never given the slightest thought as to being anything other than a carnivore.

My father, from the time I was born, was trained as a microbiologist and worked in the poultry industry. I worked mostly in the environmental construction field but had a variety of jobs throughout the years. I fixed, repaired and constructed water and waste water plants and systems. I have also worked in the environmental remediation industry, cleaning up hazardous waste in both industrial and government sectors.

When I turned 40, I started a company with my father developing, manufacturing and marketing green, sustainable alternatives to toxic pesticides used in a variety of industries like agriculture, commercial horticulture and in-water treatment applications. Five years ago, our company decided to enter the meat and poultry market, providing sustainable solutions for both poultry processors as well as on-the-farm applications. Even then, I was still a happy carnivore.

Recently, I became aware of an extreme group of animal rights activists that were attacking our customers; right here in North America. Most animal rights activists work on creating better living conditions for farm raised animals, but some have become animal rights terrorists, misinformed about the marketplace and conducting criminal acts against farmers and processors.

There are bad apples in any industry and for sure, there have been some well documented acts of animal cruelty, not just part of the animal farming industry, but in general society. I assume there are many more cases of animal cruelty documented in general society than the animal farming community.

In my experience working in the animal farming community, 99 percent of farmers and their employees take exceedingly good care of their farm-raised animals. The reason is simple: when farms exist, without the animals in good health, they cannot be harvested for the optimal dollar amount. A sick or hurt dairy cow will not produce milk and a stressed angus cow and/or pig will not put on weight that produces the highest possible return on the farmers’ investment.

Some activists wish to stop animal farming all together and have not just somebut all of society become vegetariansWhat would happen if overnight, all commercial animal farming was outlawed?

If the world depended on a vegetarian diet, the animals they are trying to save would starve. These animals have evolved over thousands of years by domestication and if production shut down, there would be no farmers to feed them. These farmers would have to raise high producing protein crops of beans to replace the cattle, pigs and chickens. A mass starvation of these domesticated animals would rival the extinction of the dinosaurs.

I dismiss this false narrative but do believe there is still a way to improve animal welfare and better raise the animals that help us coexist on this wonderful planet God has provided for us.

BioSafe Systems introduces Specialty Technology for PAA Monitoring in Poultry Chiller Waters

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems announces new technology for monitoring PAA concentrations in water used for poultry processing chiller applications. BioChamberis designed to monitor peroxyacetic acid and caustic ppm levels at multiple intervention hurdle steps including chillers, dips and spray cabinets, and communicate with the pump controller to maintain desired levels of intervention chemistries.

The BioChamber is equipped with specially designed probe housing for accurate monitoring of chiller process waters where high pH levels and high levels of fats, oils, and greases would typically damage standard technology. This breakthrough technology allows dosing systems to automatically increase or decrease the amount of PAA being introduced, regardless of pH levels. Paired with BioSafe Systems’ BioBuster™, all data is transmitting a cloud-based system for 24-hour monitoring and reporting.

For questions about this press release, please call 888-273-3088.

BioSafe Systems is American Made


EAST HARTFORD, CT
– For 20-years, BioSafe Systems has been working hard to support the American farmer with their mission to manufacture safe and effective disease-control solutions. By utilizing the power of peroxyactic acid (PAA) and other non-harmful chemistries, BioSafe Systems is offering an alternative to the status quo of chemical interventions and enduring to provide the citizens of the United States with a safe and sustainable food and water supply for years to come.

Three-generations of family have been involved in making BioSafe Systems the company it is today, and we are proud to supply numerous other family-operated businesses with the products bearing our name. With manufacturing locations in Cairo, GA and Sparks, NV, a team of sales representatives, and our headquarters in CT, we employ over 100 people from across these United States.

We live in an amazing country and are thankful to run a business that positively impacts our lands and supports the lives of our employees, family, and customers across the nation.

American Solutions • American Made • American Proud

For questions about this press release, please call 888.273.3088 or visit www.biosafesystems.com

 

BioSafe Systems has upgraded Nevada manufacturing location

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems announces that it has completed a major upgrade to its manufacturing facility located in Sparks, NV. The upgrades include new stainless-steel storage tanks with associated pipework and the ability of producing high-strength PAA.

These upgrades meet all requirements of OSHA PSM procedures. In addition to the enhancements to PAA production capabilities, a new production line has been installed for our botanical crop-protection products and we have expanded current warehouse facility space.

For questions about this press release, please call 888.273.3088 or visit www.biosafesystems.com

Complete the Mission

By: Rob Larose, President & CEO of BioSafe Systems

“Complete the mission” is one of my favorite sayings. I love to set a goal and complete it. Truth be told, my goals and missions are a lot less daunting than what others may set for themselves.

Some people want to climb Mt. Everest or graduate with a PhD in Molecular Physics from MIT. My missions tend to be a bit more subdued but of great importance. Sometimes, it begins with an idea to create a product and then, that idea morphs from a concept into a full-fledged effort – also known as BioSafe Systems.

Being a history buff has given me the opportunity to read many books on WWII and learn about the struggles often faced when trying to complete a mission. Lyle Bouke, a 21-year-old lieutenant in the Battle of the Bulge during WWII, was given an order to defend his men at all costs. The German army was lined up to march down the very road him and his 12 men were standing on. Although they ran out of ammunition and were all taken as prisoners, the end of the 24-hour battle resulted in an entire German Battalion defeated by 13 men.

Winter is a busy time for BioSafe: registrations are on the rise and our 30+ products need to be registered by December 31st of the year. If we have a one word off on our labels, the whole process must be restarted and done again. Just alone, the EPA registration process includes detailing the product formula, proposed label and data on the active ingredient. Our mission is to face road blocks head on and come out stronger on the other side.

When a product is FDA-approved, it has been tested and deemed safe for consumer use. At BioSafe, we assure our consumers that each product is certified effective. Being an EPA-registered product has served us well as a company. Our registrations team is always hard at work ensuring that the product should do what the label says and not pose a health hazard to the user. When I am frustrated with road blocks that the EPA and or FDS could potentially throw our way, I remember that I have a great team to back me up. I have the modern-day version of Lyle’s men.

They will always complete the mission with me.

BioSafe Systems Rewards & Solidifies Sales Team

BioSafe Systems announced the promotions of Jeff Kline from market Segment Manager to Vice President of Sales for Agriculture and Professional Products, and Eric Smith to East Coast Sales Manager for Turf & Ornamental Markets.

“Jeff has been a valuable part of our business over the past 10 years,” says Rob Larose, CEO and president of BioSafe Systems. “We are expecting him to help BioSafe Systems continue to grow in the next 10 years.”

In this new role, Kline will be responsible for strategic planning and marketing.
“I am excited to work with our team and partners to continue providing high-quality products that protect our customer’s brand,” Kline says. “I am honored to be a part of this great company and look forward to many more years of positive impact within our core markets.”
Kline has been working with the company since early 2007.

Eric Smith has successfully grown his territory, gained product knowledge and built strong relationships with BioSafe’s distribution networks. Smith will work with the team to promote and support sustainable solutions in turf and greenhouse/nursery industries.
“Eric has been an integral part of our growth,” Kline says. “I look forward to him leading the East Coast T&O team to new heights.”

BioSafe Systems also announced two sales representatives. Maxwell Gilley joined BioSafe in January as Technical Sales Representative for T&O in California. Gilley has a B.S. degree in Plant Sciences with an emphasis in Turf Management, then went on to receive a M.S. degree in Plant Pathology. Prior to joining BioSafe Systems, Gilley worked for as a product development scientist and technical specialist for ornamentals.

BioSafe also welcomed James Atkins as Mid-Atlantic States Technical Sales Representative in January. Atkins received his Associates degree in Agronomy, and then went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Horticulture. Prior to BioSafe Systems, James worked as a Plant Broker and Trial Manager.

They can be reached at

Jeff Kline: 413-209-1809
Eric Smith: 561-955-0315
Max Gilley: 408-279-9467
James Atkins: 864-360-9855

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Keeping Quality Up

Using peroxyacetic acid for increasing quality and decreasing loss

In the December 2018 issue of Potato Grower, Michael Larose, Technical Marketing Manager at BioSafe Systems, had an article published titled “Keep Quality Up.” He discusses how peroxyacetic acid (PAA) can increase the quality of products, decrease the loss and then goes into detail about common issues in potato storages.

BioSafe Systems’ PAA products are effective against a broad range of profit-robbing, storage pathogens but meet sustainability requirements. Michael states, “Peroxyacetic acid is still considered a newer technology in the agrochemical industry, but it’s a powerful chemistry that helps potato producers and shed managers address the critical practices.”

BioSafe provides products and applications expertise via application partners to help manage storage pathogens from post-harvest to pre-bagging. Our products are designed for today’s requirements of storage, providing the highest degree of sanitation and control over potato storage. This results in enhanced storage quality and increased pack-out, which in turn maximizes profits.

Read the full published article here

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BioSafe Systems Hires Production Manager

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems recently hired Hilario Coelho of Indian Orchard, Massachusetts as the new Production Manager. With over 34 years of experience, Hilario was recently a Plant Manager in North Dakota, where he worked with his team to create a safer work environment.

He has traveled many places, stating “I have been fortunate enough to have lived in Nashville, Tennessee and Ventura County, California.” He was born in Portugal and moved to the United States when he was 3 years old.

Some of his responsibilities include overseeing customer order fulfillment processes and production planning. He will maintain relationships with manufacturing partners, while negotiating purchase commitments with suppliers. His experience will aid him in understanding product cost and gross profit margins.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to be a part of the BioSafe Systems team,” says Hilario. He is looking forward to visiting the five manufacturing facilities BioSafe has located across the United States, to really immerse himself in his new role.