Texas producers delaying wheat planting due to grasshoppers

High Plains wheat producers who are normally ready to put seed in the ground might want to hold off this year, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists in Amarillo.

With the extremely heavy pressure from grasshoppers, as well as other insects and diseases due to the wet year, waiting until the growing plants or  “green bridge,” is broken is advisable, said Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist, and Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist.

“While we know wheat producers generally begin to plant in September, it really would be best if they could wait until mid-October to avoid grasshoppers and other issues,” Bell said. “The risk will be losing some of the grazing in the fall, but wheat that is planted earlier is more susceptible to insects and pathogens.” Continue reading

Assistant Professor in Geospatial Analytics: Resilient Communities and Natural Resources

Location: School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC)
Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology (CLCE),
Program for Resource Efficient Communities (PREC) and
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Review Date: For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by October 15, 2015. The position will open until a viable applicant pool is determined. Continue reading

Assistant Professor of Resilience and Restoration Silviculture

Location: School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC)
University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
Gainesville, Florida

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Review Date: For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by October 15, 2015. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined. Continue reading

How to Conduct a Pest Assessment at Your School – EPA Webinar, September 21

EPA’s Center of Expertise for School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) will host a webinar, “How to Conduct a Pest Assessment at Your School,” on September 21 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

This webinar will explore how to do systematic inspections of your school to recognize conditions that attract pests, as well as the calling cards left by pests. The webinar will feature:

  • Stephen Vantassel, Vertebrate Pest Specialist, Montana Department of Agriculture
  • Dean Walendzak, Environmental/Energy Program Administrator, Monroe County Community School Corporation

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How to plan cover crops

In Delta Farm Press

by Trenton Roberts, University of Arkansas

If you are considering implementing winter cover crops into your crop rotation this fall, the single biggest piece of advice that I can give you is to plan, plan, plan.

The potential benefits of cover crops can be easily lost if you do not take the time to develop an effective cover crop management plan that involves cover crop variety selection, planting date, seeding rate and cover crop termination method and timing.

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Corn and Sorghum Field Day set Sept. 3 in Texas

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Swisher County Ag Committee will conduct a Corn and Sorghum Field Day beginning at 9 a.m. Sept. 3 near Kress.

John Villalba, AgriLife Extension agent in Swisher County, said participants should meet at the Swisher County Co-op Gin located 1.5 miles east of Kress on Farm-to-Market Road 145.   

Participants will then travel to the Cody Gruhlkey Farm to view dryland corn and sorghum plots, which will be followed by a move to the Klepper Farm to view early and mid-season sorghum variety trials. Continue reading

Workshop: Mind Your Business, Hydroponics for Profit

Thursday, September 17, 2015 – 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center

8202 CR 417, Live Oak, FL 32060

Creating budgets for your hydroponic operation

Evaluating the profitability of alternative systems

Assessing your farm’s food safety policies

Marketing ideas to increase your operation’s bottom line

Registration is $75 for Primary Participant & $50 for one additional participant

Registration Deadline is September 11th Continue reading

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