Posted on May 15, 2013 by rhallberg
With some of the articles I’ve seen in the agricultural media so far this week on organic, GMO and conventional farming, I thought it was time to address one of the major elephants in the room when it comes to public perception of integrated pest management: the fact that IPM allows the use of pesticides.
Because pesticides are only one tool in the IPM toolbox, few of the articles I read about IPM cover them directly. In IPM, the use of pesticides is, or at least should be, directly related to the action threshold. For most pests of agricultural products, the threshold is a published number that lets the farmer know how many pests that should be present before any treatment begins. For a refresher on the steps for IPM, see my blog post from October on the different farming practices.
Filed under: Insects, Pesticides | Tagged: cover crops, Crop rotation, EPA, organic, organophosphate pesticides, pesticide label, pesticide residue, pesticide tolerance, pesticides, toxicity | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 6, 2013 by rhallberg
I’m sure many of you have seen dozens of articles about mosquitoes, especially during this time of year. However, since mosquitoes can carry pathogens that cause a variety of serious diseases, I think the tips on ways to prevent mosquitoes in your yard bear repeating.
Filed under: Insects | Tagged: mosquitoes, Asian tiger mosquito, dengue fever, West Nile virus, Culex, Aedes, Anopheles, encephalitis, malaria, yellow fever, How stuff works | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 2, 2013 by rhallberg
Shortly after news of severe bee declines were being reported in 2006, several federal agencies, including USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Office of Pest Management Policy (OPMP), the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formed a CCD Steering Committee. The Steering Committee requested feedback from a broad range of experts in apiculture on how best to address the problem. The responses culminated in the CCD Action Plan, outlining the main priorities for research and outreach to characterize CCD and develop ways to mitigate losses.
Filed under: Insects, Invasive species, Pesticides, Resistance | Tagged: Bee Informed, CCD, CCD Steering Committee, colony collapse disorder, honeybees, Invasive plants, neonicotinoids, pollinators | Leave a Comment »
Posted on April 12, 2013 by rhallberg
The Carter Center has been instrumental in nearly wiping out guinea worm disease, a painful and debilitating affliction that has plagued humans for centuries. President Carter discussed this as a health issue, but it is also an inspiring IPM success.
Here is some more about guinea worm: http://www.cartercenter.org/health/guinea_worm/mini_site/index.html
Filed under: Insects | Tagged: Carter Center, guinea worm, Jimmy Carter, President Jimmy Carter | 1 Comment »
Posted on April 11, 2013 by rhallberg
An article in the New York Times on April 9 announced a new project by several U.S. researchers to produce a new way to control bed bugs. Their product was not chemical, nor did it involve excessive heat or plastic in which to wrap furniture. The goal was to reproduce a natural control for bed bugs that was discovered in eastern Europe decades ago.
Filed under: Insects, Pesticides | Tagged: bean leaves, bed bugs, kidney beans, NY Times article on bed bugs | 1 Comment »
Posted on March 20, 2013 by rhallberg
Florida A&M Master’s student Saundra Wheeler will receive a Friends of Southern IPM Graduate Student award on April 8 at the 17th Symposium of the Association of 1890 Research Directors in Jacksonville, FL for her work with small hive beetle control in honeybee colonies.
Filed under: Grants and awards, Insects, Invasive species, Pesticides | Tagged: apiculture, colony collapse disorder, Friends of IPM award, honey bees, Saundra Wheeler, small hive beetle | Leave a Comment »
Posted on March 20, 2013 by rhallberg
When kudzu bug started spreading to Southeastern states, Extension entomologists in Alabama wanted to stay a step ahead of it. So to find out what insects were present in the state, Auburn University Extension Specialist Tim Reed procured funding to support a statewide soybean insect pest sweep net survey.
Filed under: Grants and awards, Insects, Invasive species, Pesticides | Tagged: Alabama Cooperative Extension, alfalfa hopper, Auburn University, ESA Southeastern Branch, Friends of IPM award, insect survey, IPM Educator award, kudzu bug, soybean looper, sweep net | Leave a Comment »
Posted on February 21, 2013 by rhallberg
by Steven Frank, NC State University, winner of the 2013 Friends of IPM Future Leader award
Cankerworm caterpillar. Photo: S.D. Frank
In spring 2012, a cankerworm outbreak occurred in many North Carolina cities. Hundreds of silk threads blocked sidewalks on campus. Students became tangled in threads and covered in caterpillars as they walked to class. I got a lot of calls and emails from landscapers and arborists wondering why there were so many caterpillars. “Are these cankerworms?” they would ask. “Will my trees die? What can I do?” I will answer some of these questions in this article. Others will have to wait until our research is done this year.
Filed under: Insects | Tagged: camkerworms, caterpillars, Friends of IPM award, Tangle Foota | Leave a Comment »
Posted on February 12, 2013 by rhallberg
If you’ve battled stink bugs in the past, you know that trying to manage them effectively can seem like a guessing game. Treating too early or too late means either wasted insecticides or economic losses from a damaged crop. With those issues in mind, university extension entomologists in the Southeast developed a way to help growers determine if—and when—to treat for stink bugs. In addition, the group that developed the card will receive the Friends of Southern IPM Bright Idea award next month at the Southeastern Branch ESA meeting.
Filed under: Grants and awards, Insects, Invasive species | Tagged: Friends of IPM award, scouting, stink bug decision aid card, stink bugs, thresholds | 1 Comment »
Posted on January 15, 2013 by rhallberg
If you’re a resident of Georgia, or anywhere in the surrounding area, you’ve probably heard or read news in the last couple of years about a new invasive pest that is “bugging” both farmers and homeowners alike. It’s Megacopta cribraria, or the kudzu bug. (more…)
Filed under: Insects, Invasive species, Urban IPM | Tagged: bean plataspid, kudzu bug, Megacopta | Leave a Comment »