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Advanced Biological Solutions

Thomas A. Besecker Phone: 937-692-5978

Fax:

7931 Hollansburg-Sampson Road Website:

Arcanum OH 45304 Email:

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We recommend and sell over 80 different products, natural minerals and fertilizers, non toxic alternatives for pest control, and various biological soil amendments and inoculants. Our business offers consulting and soil testing if needed for most all food crops (grain, vegetable, fruit, specialty).


What is your definition of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

Using the knowledge and techniques to successfully restore health to plants or encourage healthy crops and encourage predator insect presence, thus overcoming pests and disease.

 

Is pest management performed on a specific schedule?

Scheduling is crop specific. Specialty crops could be monitored but we advise treatment before infestation of an unhealthy crop.

 

How are pest problems identified?

Good observation and knowledge of which plant-eating insects attack which crop. We also monitor the "brix" sugar reading of the plants. A low "brix" plant is more open to attack. Pest population counts can be taken before using alternative controls, but it is best to foliar feed the plant to improve its health.

 

What practices do you use to prevent and/or control pests?

We use minerals, soil amendments etc., coupled with plant health manipulation using foliar feeding.

Do you use biological controls?

Yes, Bacillus thuringiensis, milky spore, mychorhizal fungus, seaweed extracts, garlic extracts, capsicum extracts, and

Do you use borates?

No.

Do you use synthetic chemicals?

We don't recommend them but if the customers insist, we encourage ways to reduce usage.

What are the top 10 pesticides you use/sell/recommend?

We promote all natural, non-chemicals that are not toxic. Hot pepper wax, diatomaceous earth, black molasses, garlic, fish, seaweed, etc.

 

If pesticides are used, how much are used per year of each?

Where the customer prefers to use some chemical pesticide, we reduced use by 25% last year.

Does your company perform habitat modification?

Yes. We recommend rotation of alternative crops to help break up the weed, insect and disease cycles.

Do you use any physical or mechanical controls?

Yes. For weeds - soil cultivation, mowing and flamer. For weeds, insects and disease - balance and application of minerals, promote green manures, composts and animal manures, promote residue treatments (sheet composting).

 

What type of fertilizers do you use/sell/recommend?

We use composted manures, natural minerals (high calcium lime, soft rock phosphae, gypsum, etc.), alfalfa based fertilizers, clean hot mix solutions, trace minerals, seaweed complexes, fish fertilzers, and dry water soluble fertilizers.

 

What do you usually use/sell/recommend for addressing:

termites Did Not Respond (DNR)

cockroaches Diatomaceous earth (DE).

fleas DE.

carpenter ants DNR

fire ants DNR

ants (indoor) DE and pyrethrum

crabgrass Corn gluten meal, calcium and lime.

dandelions Calcium products.
other
Grainbugs - DE; Most soft body eaters - hot pepper wax and garlic oils.

How do you evaluate effectiveness of your pest management

We have experienced very good control with the use of alternatives on crop insect control.

References

Warner Seed Co., diatomaceous earth user, 937-448-2349; Mark McDermott, Organic Farmer, 937-884-7007; Stan Oda, diatomaceous earth user, 937-947-1555; Gary Besecker, Bio farmer, 937-547-0720.