Innovation: The Cultivation of Biosecurity

By: Patrick Clark, Northeast Technical Sales Representative at BioSafe Systems

For over two hundred years, many scholars, such as Thomas Malthus, have predicted that human populations would inevitably outgrow the planet’s capacity to produce life-sustaining sustenance (The Malthusian Theory of Population). Malthus theorized that with the exponential growth of the human population compounded by the limitations in linear production of food, mass famine was unavoidable. While this concern has been paramount in philosophical and practical discussion, human invention has stifled the predicted global scarcity. The ‘Green Revolution’ that brought forth high-yielding varieties of crops, synthetic fertilizers, agrichemicals, irrigation adaptations and mechanization became the answer to food insecurity. Large expanses of monocultured cropland and synthetic fertilizer/pesticide-dependent agriculture practices, coupled with constraining producer profit margins, have emerged as a serious impediment to the successful and sustainable production of food. As pests develop resistance to many chemistries, the market demands more environmental stewardship and the rising tide of food safety concerns within the food production industries, the challenge producers face today is how to best operate in a profitable manner that aligns with ecologically sustainable practices and human health security.

As human innovation staved off, through the Green Revolution, the famine predictions of yesteryear, today, the same innovative approaches will allow producers to meet the need for environmental stewardship, profitability, resistance management and food safety concerns. Many companies are striving to meet these needs by developing new products with minimal impact on the environment that provide important efficacious performance, while minimizing the development of resistant pests. Moreover, some companies are gearing towards the advent of specific products and equipment to safely guard the post-harvest food supply from human health pathogens and spoilage organisms without residue, thus aligning with consumer safety and environmental sustainability. A company that is motivated and successfully implemented products and equipment to help meet these needs is BioSafe Systems. This American based company has become a pioneer over the last twenty years and is the premier manufacturer and provider of environmentally responsible and reliable solutions. With the company slogan, “Simply Sustainable. Always Effective.’ together with their aspirational top ten principles: honesty, compliance, family centric, customer-centric, creation of value, embracing change, respect, passion for working hard, promoting profitable business, and striving to be effective, it is no surprise that BioSafe Systems has become a consistent and dependable brand in the market.

BioSafe Systems offers a full suite of products and many equipment solutions for agriculture, irrigation, food safety, shelf life, aquatics, municipals, golf courses, greenhouses, nurseries, lawn care, arborists, meat, poultry, seafood, home and garden, childcare, and schools, that are specifically designed to meet the individual needs of those markets in the most environmentally sustainable and efficacious manner possible. The keystone to bridging the needs of the market and social responsibility are found in principled innovation driven by quality service. Biosecurity is the ingredient that binds us together, and innovation is the key to our success. At BioSafe Systems, innovation is paramount, and biosecurity is our business. We only succeed, when our customers are successful. If you want to learn how BioSafe Systems can aid your operation in improving performance, sustainability, and profitability, please contact us.

Must Haves for Pre-season Preparation

By: Matthew Lavallee

With Spring upon us a new growing season begins across America, the importance of pre-season preparation can’t be understated; ensuring that you are equipped for future issues now can save a lot of time and money later down the road. Anticipating a pest or pathogen outbreak keeps growers more mindful throughout the entire production and keeping ahead of these potential issues will aid in generating a bountiful crop with as little loss as possible. Read more about how to stay on top of your crop this season by preparing early.

Treat those seeds

Pre-season preparation begins with properly treating seeds prior to planting using hot water treatments or bactericide/fungicide washes to kill pathogens on the seed itself before they begin to germinate. Using washes and baths is the most effective way to neutralizes pathogens but the process requires immediate planting once they are introduced to water for such a prolonged period. Plan ahead and ensure that your fields are ready to receive the seed as soon as it has been treated to maximize control of bacteria and fungus but minimize the loss of seed due to moisture.

 

Healthy Soil is imperative

Of course, planting treated seeds into infected soil undoes this hard work so to make sure that planting areas are prepped to receive cleaned seed as soon as possible, focus on eradicating soil borne pathogens, pests, and nematodes in the field itself by treating the planting area with bactericides/fungicides especially in the root zone, managing pathogens and establishing a proper starting point for healthy plants. Once the pathogens have been addressed, using a beneficial soil amendment or inoculant can increase stimulation of healthy root systems and aid in increased yields all season long.

 

Don’t forget Pre, and Post emergent weed treatment

Now that the seeds and soil are clean you have developed a near perfect breeding ground for all plants, including the ones that you didn’t introduce. Controlling weeds immediately and continuing throughout the entire growing season should be a top priority for any grower. Take action early whenever possible with pre-emergent herbicides to gain the upper hand early and continue the fight once weeds have broken the surface with post emergent weed control in order to keep resource-competing weeds at bay.

Proper weed management should not be limited to the crop area but also practiced around the entire premises. Don’t neglect to use broad spectrum herbicides in less attended areas such as roadsides/driveways, fence lines, and around barns and storage areas where unwanted plants can become unwieldy and problematic rather quickly.

 

Prep now, reap later

Following steps like these is just one part of a healthy and productive season, but without pre-season preparation, you could be setting yourself up for more issues than there is time to address. Acting now, and keeping the pressure on ensures success that will last all season long.

FEB. 2 – 4: WI Potato — Stevens Pt., WA

BioSafe Systems will be exhibiting at this event. Representative for this event is Mark Milenski.

Call 1.888.273.3088 (toll–free) for more information.

We hope to see you there.