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Warmer weather means more snakes

In Delta Farm Press

by Jessica Tegt, Mississippi State University

Warmer weather means wild creatures of all shapes and sizes are on the move, which makes it a whole lot more likely you will encounter a snake during the spring or summer.

The increased number of snake encounters is mostly due to movement of the reptiles from one seasonal habitat to another. Because snakes are cold-blooded animals, they rely on external sources of heating and cooling, such as the sun or a patch of shade, to regulate their body temperature.

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Small Farm Integrated Pest Management Workshop June 15-16

Alcorn State University, Lorman MS agriculture research and extension program is hosting a workshop on small farm IPM. Continue reading

White House Announces a National Strategy to Promote Pollinator Health

On Tuesday, May 19, the White House announced the National Strategy to Promote Pollinator Health. The strategy released today and its accompanying Pollinator Research Action Plan outline needs and priority actions to better understand pollinator losses, improve pollinator health, and to enhance pollinator habitat.

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APHIS and Canadian Counterparts Clarify Definition of “Field” in Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN) Guidelines

In May 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) revised the “Canada and United States Guidelines on Surveillance and Phytosanitary Actions for the Potato Cyst Nematodes Globodera rostochiensis and Globodera pallida.” The revision enhanced the ability of these countries to prevent the spread of PCN while limiting disruptions to trade.

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High summer losses of honeybees concerns researchers

In Growing Produce

Beekeepers across the U.S. lost more than 40% of their honey bee colonies from April 2014 to April 2015, according to the latest results of an annual nationwide survey led by University of Maryland professor Dennis vanEngelsdorp. While winter loss rates improved slightly compared to last year, summer losses — and consequently, total annual losses — were more severe.

Commercial beekeepers were hit particularly hard by the high rate of summer losses, which outstripped winter losses for the first time in five years, stoking concerns over the long-term trend of poor health in honey bee colonies.

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Sugarcane aphid scouting card available

A laminated Texas sugarcane aphid scouting card is now available through most Extension Agents – IPM and Extension Specialists. The cards are also being distributed at sugarcane aphid extension meetings and field days. The card provides ready reference for scouting techniques, thresholds and shows what approximate numbers of aphids look like on a leaf.

An electronic version of the card is available here.

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EPA’s Managing Pests in Schools Website Updated

As part of EPA’s ongoing effort to build a more user-friendly website, we have transformed our Managing Pests in Schools website into a new, easy-to-use format. Information on school Integrated Pest Management (IPM) should now be easier than ever to access, regardless of the type of electronic device being used, including tablets and smartphones.

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