Our History

Glades Crop Care, Inc. was incorporated in 1972 by Madeline Mellinger, and provides IPM (integrated pest management) service covering over 65,000 acres of more than 60 fresh vegetable crops, plus additional citrus, rice, and sugarcane acreage. These crops are grown primarily in Florida; a subtropical climate conducive to intensive insect, disease, and nematode management challenges. The staff is technically trained, and most staff members hold BS, MS, PhD, or DPM degrees.

Here are a few facts about GCC:

  • Our main service is a science-based crop health management program. Our main activities are crop scouting and providing day-to-day pest management advice delivered to the grower in the field. We interpret our insect and disease observations and provide recommendations for control strategies within a sustainable systems production paradigm. Clients have come to truly value the breadth and depth of our advice for their best decision-making. Our Company also conducts research at our research farms and at off-site locations. The research consists primarily of GLP residue-related, efficacy, and breeding and fertility trials.
  • We are an independent, privately owned service provider. This is very important to us and means that our Company does not sell or represent any commercial products. Recommendations of products are generically based whenever possible.
  • In 1994 we joined the EPA’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program as a charter member. Since the program’s inception, Glades Crop Care has received 4 PESP Champion Awards for our efforts towards significant pesticide risk reduction
  • We have completed applied research to provide improved solutions for our growers using grant monies awarded by the USDA, FDA and EPA. Examples of the sources of our grants include Small Business Innovation Research, phases I and II, FDACS Block, SCRI, PMAP, NIFA, PESP, SARA and state funding groups.
  • We expend sustained and professional efforts in getting our clients to adopt:
    1. Reduced risk pesticides
    2. Resistance management programs
    3. Preventative practices to minimize in-field pesticide applications
  • GCC actively pursues grants to address questions our growers are facing in order to provide immediate practical answers. Our current active grants include:
    1. State-wide Implementation of Novel Push-Pull Strategies for IPM of Thrips
    2. Determining host and geographic ranges of Groundnut ringspot virus in U.S. tomatoes and developing management strategies for its control
    3. Development of a decision support system for managing viral watermelon vine decline & other vegetable diseases caused by whitefly-transmitted viruses in the Southeast
    4. Novel populations of Phytopthora infestans associated with severe outbreaks of late blight in tomato and potato in Florida: monitoring pathogen variability and detecting early inoculums sources to mitigate disease losses
    5. Groundnut ringspot virus, an emerging thrips transmitted virus infecting Florida tomato, pepper, and other specialty crops
    6. Regional Implementation and Validation of a Smartphone- and Web-Based Scouting and Decision Support System for Managing Insect-Vectored Diseases of Vegetables and Grape