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OPN Connect Newsletter 232 · August 26, 2021

Westbridge Expecting California Approval for DART Fungicide EC in Early 2022


When Westbridge Agricultural Products was incorporated in 1982, the goal was to develop, manufacture, and deliver effective plant nutrients, biopesticides, and specialty inputs for both organic and conventional farming to help growers solve production problems.

Today, Westbridge has one of the most complete product lines for organic growers.

Stemilt October 2021

“We produce fertilizers, adjuvants, and organic pesticides—including an herbicide, fungicide, and insecticide,” said Larry Parker, director of research and development for the Vista, CA-based company. “We supply products that help growers grow high-quality produce with better shelf life, and we use independent laboratory testing to ensure that our products are free of pesticide residues and meet certified organic product standards.”

Westbridge is continually looking to produce and bring to market new products that will help growers maximize crop production and increase yield, including biological products that fit well into IPM programs to reduce pesticide resistance issues.

Larry Parker, Director of Research and Development, Westbridge Agricultural Products

Wish Farms October 2021

With that in mind, the company has expanded its pesticide line in recent years. DART Fungicide EC is a newer product that has received EPA approval, and with California approval is expected in early 2022. 

“We supply products that help growers grow high-quality produce with better shelf life, and we use independent laboratory testing to ensure that our products are free of pesticide residues and meet certified organic product standards.” – Larry Parker

“DART has demonstrated excellent control on various fungal diseases in tree crops and berries,” Parker said. “It is a broad spectrum contact fungicide for use on a variety of fruit and vegetable crops to suppress and control disease. It is an emulsifiable concentrate that controls diseases such as powdery mildew, downy mildew, Botryosphaeria, Alternaria, mummy berry, Phomopsis, anthracnose, and apple and pear scab.”

Starr October 2021

The Westbridge product line includes proprietary formulations based primarily on microbial fermentations and plant extracts, micronutrient blends of primary and complexed secondary nutrients, natural humates, and other organically approved products designed to improve crop quality and yield.

“DART has demonstrated excellent control on various fungal diseases in tree crops and berries.” – Larry Parker

“Westbridge focuses on sustainable products for the organic industry and is committed to providing growers with products that are highly targeted, very effective, and environmentally safe,” Parker said.

Chelan October 2021

For instance, Westbridge products improve nutrient and water uptake and help to maintain natural soil fertility by enhancing the balance of natural microorganisms in the soil. They are without toxic residues and don’t contain excess nitrogen or phosphorus, all of which contribute to groundwater contamination. They are also safe for bees and other beneficial insects.

“Westbridge focuses on sustainable products for the organic industry and is committed to providing growers with products that are highly targeted, very effective, and environmentally safe.” – Larry Parker

Some of Westbridge's other notable products in the organic space include Organic TRIGGRR, Organic BioLink, Blossom Protect, Botector, Gargoil, and SUPPRESS Herbicide EC.

NatureSafe October 2021

Westbridge also offers a specifically designed buffering agent to enhance the efficacy of Blossom Protect called Buffer Protect.

Looking ahead, the company is planning to expand into the Northeast and Southeast markets of the US.

Some of Westbrdige's other notable products in the organic space include Organic TRIGGRR, Organic BioLink, Blossom Protect, Botector, Gargoil, and SUPPRESS Herbicide EC.

“Westbridge is excited to expand our grower and distributor support into these new growing regions,” Parker said. “Our product toolbox [is] a great fit for organic and conventional growers, and we look forward to helping them meet their crop production goals.”

Growers Ice Co October 2021

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