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Detailed Images Aid Studies of Beneficial Wasps

At ARS News

By Jan Suszkiw

Using specialized digital photography methods, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are producing high-resolution images of members of the wasp superfamily Platygastroidea.

Of particular interest is using the images to improve the identification and taxonomic description of one- to two-millimeter-long Trissolcus wasp species that parasitize stink bugs and could have potential as biological control agents. The wasps’ larvae hatch and feed inside the bug’s eggs, killing them in the process. Some species attack the eggs of the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), an invasive pest from Asia that’s become established in 39 U.S. states and, in 2010, inflicted $37 million in damage to corn, soybeans, grapes and other crops.

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Louisiana cotton farmers should scout for target spot disease

From Delta Farm Press

by Olivia McClure, LSU AgCenter

Louisiana cotton farmers need to be on the lookout for target spot, a fungal disease that can quickly defoliate plants.

Trey Price, LSU AgCenter plant pathologist at the Macon Ridge Research Station, said target spot is present in all cotton-producing areas of the state, with the most severe cases in Franklin, Madison and Tensas parishes.

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Carolina Cover Crops Workshop

Workshop will be at The Roper Mountain Science Center, October 3, 2014, 9 AM – 5 PM

Interested in finding out how to use annual cover crops in your crop rotation? Not sure what a cover crop is or how to select one for your region? Wondering if cover crops can be used in a no-till system?  Instructors of this one day class will discuss this and more details including:

  • how cover crops are beneficial
  • the difference in a cover crop and green manure
  • when to plant your cover crops
  • crop choices by season
  • when to mow/incorporate

Plus, there will be a hands on portion to this workshop (so bring your work gloves!)

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Farm to Community Coordinator Needed

Are you interested in promoting sustainable agriculture practices and local and regional food systems?  Then NCAT has a great opportunity for you: We are seeking a coordinator for our farm to community work in San Antonio, Texas.  You will work directly with farmers, retailers, community health and non-profit organizations, and government agencies to expand an existing Farm to Work program.

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Friends of IPM winner Molly Stedfast co-hosts webinar on bed bugs

The original post is at StopPests.com.

If you’ve ever dealt with an infestation of bed bugs, you already know they are rather challenging pests. They can be expensive and difficult to control in multifamily housing. Just when you think a treatment was successful, they start to come back! Bed bugs do not transmit disease, but they do present some unique challenges. The strain on the pocket books and mental well-being of those living with bed bugs makes them a big concern for those who work and live in affordable housing. One of our goals at StopPests is to help you manage bed bugs property-wide. That includes preventing infestations where you can and responding to those that arise with researched, effective control methods. On September 10, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. EDT, StopPests will be hosting a free webinar on in-house bed bug prevention and management. Dr. Dini Miller and her student Molly Stedfast will present and answer questions about their research and experience managing bed bugs in public housing. For more details and to register click here: http://www.stoppests.org/vtechbedbug

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CABI publishing new book on sustainable urban insect pest management

CABI is in the process of publishing a new book on urban insect pest management:

Urban Insect Pest : Sustainable Management Strategies (http://www.cabi.org/bookshop/book/9781780642758 ) By Partho Dhang

CABI is an international not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. Through knowledge sharing and science, CABI helps address issues of global concern, such as safeguarding the environment and improving global food security. For more information, go to www.cabi.org.

Worms and stinkbugs causing problems in NC this year

In Southeast Farm Press

by John Hart

North Carolina State University Extension Entomologist Dominic Reisig says this year is shaping up to be one of the worst years ever for plant bugs in the state with heavier infestations of stink bugs, tobacco budworms and corn earworms being found in more fields.

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