Getting Rid Of Crop Pests: Try Crop Control From Trifecta

     Trifecta Crop Control is a pesticide, fungicide and miticide made from non-toxic, food grade essential oils that are blended with a nano-saponified emulsifier (soap). It is exempted from the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) under section 25(b).
     Trifecta is currently going through the state-by-state registration process. Crop Control is approved for use on cannabis in Washington, Colorado and Oregon. It is exempt in California, but is expected to be on the new California list at the beginning of 2018.
     Crop Control uses the natural action of essential oils like thyme, garlic, clove and peppermint. These essential oils are made up of terpenes and terpene alcohols. On the cellular level, fungi and their spores have a lipid shell that protects the cells from external agents. The terpenes and terpene alcohols in essential oils weaken that lipid shell on the cellular membrane of molds, mildews and their spores. This allows naturally-occurring external agents to break down the cells from the inside out—inhibiting respiration, energy production and spore reproduction.
     Why, then, wouldn’t everyone spray their crops with essential oils? The first obvious answer is the cost; essential oils are prohibitively expensive. Second, essential oils are not miscible (capable of being mixed) with water. So, while spraying essential oils all over the plants would solve the mold and mildew problem, it would also kill the plants. This is because the oils would inhibit the plant’s ability to absorb water and photons.
     Crop Control is a nano-emulsifier made from the saponification (heating an ester with an alkali to make soap) of coconut and palm oil fatty acids. This proprietary mixture makes essential oil fully miscible so it is more effective with less oil.
     Crop Control is available in 4 ounce bottles to 5 gallon pails of concentrate, which can be mixed with water right before use. Larger quantities are available with notice. When fully diluted, less than 2% of the product is applied to the plants. The rest is water. That 2% is spread evenly throughout the water matrix. Both the soap and the essential oils occur as delicious food for beneficial microorganisms on the plant and in the soil.
     The essential oils used to manufacture Trifecta Crop Control were chosen for their ability to mitigate and repel pest insects. Similar to the action that occurs on the lipid shells of molds and mildews, terpenes and terpene alcohols break down the chitin in an insect’s exoskeleton.
     The tiny particle size of the essential oils is so small that the pests’ respiratory systems are also affected by contact. The oil essentially suffocates them. Most commercially available insecticides affect the endocrine systems of pests so, over time, pests evolve resistance to these molecules. The respiratory system is different; there is no evolving of resistance to something that prevents the ability to breath.
     Crop Control is used to control or prevent problem mites, aphids, thrips, whiteflies, botrytis, fusarium and powdery mildew. A weekly spray at half-strength is recommended for use as a preventive measure. If an infestation occurs, then 2 ounces of Crop Control per gallon of water is necessary. The formula is a no-residue, no-rinse mixture that breaks down quickly without harming the plants.