The EPA is announcing a new voluntary Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) program to encourage the use of verified, safer pesticide spray products to reduce exposure and pesticide movement while saving farmers money in pesticide loss.
Wild hogs. Feral pigs. No matter the term, hogs can be a big problem, especially for landowners who depend on their property to supply crops that provide for their livelihood. Hunters Helping Farmers is a new program to help alleviate the agricultural and financial damage caused by these non-native invasive pests.
“It is a natural fit to connect hunters and farmers together to try and help solve this growing problem,” says Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. ‘”In no way will this be a silver bullet, but hopefully one small way we can help assist in this huge issue for our farmers.”
Auburn University researcher Austin Hagan explains that researchers are finding options to deal with target spot, which will be helpful for cotton growers in south Alabama, where disease pressure is highest. Southeast Farm Press discusses some of his findings, which he explains during a field day in Headland, AL.
Many questions remain about how to treat target spot on cotton, but researchers do know that under the right conditions, it can lead to significant yield losses.
As the weather gets cooler, small mammals such as mice and rats look for warmth, sometimes in your home. The Pennsylvania IPM Program has a great fact sheet on how you can tell if you have mice in your house, along with the best ways to get rid of them. Below is information from the fact sheet, but go to their website if you want a printable copy.
Why Use IPM to Control Mice?
- More likely to give long-term control
- Less hazardous to human health
- Less risk to nontarget organisms
- More cost effective
- More site appropriate
Steps to Managing Mice
Step 1: Pest Identification
Find out what kind of pest you have to make sure it is a mouse or a rat, if possible. Mice that infest houses are typically 5–8 inches long, including a long, hairless tail. They have large ears and their droppings are pointed, about the size of a grain of rice. Rats are much larger, 13–18 inches in length, including a short tail. Their droppings are blunt, about the size of a small raisin. Continue reading
Fall and Halloween usually bring attention to creepy, crawly, scary spiders. While it’s fun to pretend they are scary and gross, October is also the time of year when a lot of spiders become active and lay their egg sacs – especially spiders found in the garden. The truth about spiders is that most are absolutely harmless to us! Spiders are an excellent beneficial insect to keep around in the garden and landscape. Many are active hunters and all feed on other insects. Without you realizing, they may be keeping your whitefly, leafhopper and aphid populations down.
On October 16, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an analysis of the benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments for insect control in soybeans. A Federal Register notice inviting the public to comment on the analysis will publish in the near future.
By Jan Suszkiw
A blend of odors that attracts spotted wing drosophila flies (SWD) has been developed into a new lure product for improved monitoring and control of these tree-fruit and berry pests.
The blend is a combination of four different chemicals found in the aromas of both wine and vinegar. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entomologist Peter Landolt and research associate Dong Cha, along with their Oregon Department of Agriculture colleagues, isolated the chemicals and evaluated them extensively in laboratory and field trials.