Posted on May 30, 2013 by rhallberg
This year, SIPMC is funding unique projects that are addressing some of the region’s highest priorities. The following are the 15 proposals that have been funded through the IPM Enhancement Grant:
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Posted on March 29, 2013 by rhallberg
An outside research company, Battelle Technology Partnership Practice and BioDimensions, has released a report detailing the impact of Extension and research programs in the Southern Region. The report, located at the LSU AgCenter website, highlights all of the various facets of Extension and research for agbioscience, including those not directly related to pest management. However, I wanted to highlight key findings in the report with regard to pest management specifically.
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Posted on March 14, 2013 by rhallberg
Researchers from Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana will use simulation modeling to develop a sustainable plan for rice farmers trying to control herbicide-resistant barnyardgrass.
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Posted on January 7, 2013 by rhallberg
Six teams of IPM scientists will use funding from the USDA Southern Regional IPM grant program to explore ways to control weeds and diseases while reducing the use of pesticides. From non-chemical weed control to plant disease management, these teams will explore new tools that farmers can use to battle diseases and weeds, while lowering their use of fungicides and herbicides. This year, USDA has awarded approximately $768,000 to support Southern Regional IPM projects.
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Posted on December 12, 2012 by rhallberg
As I begin the last post in my series on farming practices, focusing on organic agriculture, I approach the subject with great care. Of all of the practices, organic agriculture probably raises the most emotional associations. We see the label at the grocery store, and that label tells us that the product is “safe,” “healthy” and “good for us.” Basically, when a consumer sees the “USDA Organic” label on a bunch of broccoli or a head of lettuce, he or she knows that it’s different from the produce that does not have that label. My goal in this article is to inform you about the scientific and regulatory basis of organic pest management approaches.
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Posted on November 9, 2012 by rhallberg
The term “sustainable agriculture” was first coined by Wes Jackson in his 1980 book, New Roots for Agriculture, but the term didn’t become popular until the late 1980s (Kirschenmann). Even before the 1980s, some agricultural specialists were promoting alternatives to what was becoming an increasingly industrialized farming system, but those alternatives varied greatly in focus.
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Posted on October 1, 2012 by rhallberg
In the early 1900s, the U.S. Soil Erosion Service distributed 85 million seedlings of kudzu over 3 million acres of sloped embankments to prevent erosion. While the initial intention probably seemed like a good idea, other issues took precedence over maintaining the weed, which quickly took over everything in its path. According to a recent article in Raleigh’s major newspaper, officials wanting to increase the production of biofuels in the South are planning to start mass plantings of another aggressive and invasive weed: Arundo.
Filed under: Invasive plants, Invasive species, Weed Control | Tagged: arundo, bamboo, biofuels, domestic fuel, ethanol, giant reed, invasive weeds, kudzu | 1 Comment »
Posted on September 5, 2012 by rhallberg
The following article appeared in IPMNet News:
Are changes inevitable for current IPM practices? Several recent papers unquestionably avow that IPM change is in the wind that is drifting, albeit slowly and unevenly, across the entire globe.
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Posted on July 19, 2012 by rhallberg
Southeastern nursery growers now have a new best friend when fighting pests and diseases. A new book, available in hard copy and iBook format for iPads, is now available, thanks to the Southern Nursery IPM Working Group.
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Posted on August 26, 2011 by rhallberg
Many of us along the East Coast are gearing up for the effects of Hurricane Irene this weekend. Although hurricanes typically bring worries of falling trees, property damage, high water and loss of power, most people don’t think of some of the longer-term consequences of hurricanes: pest problems. Hurricane winds and flooding can carry in new insects and seeds, ushering in new season-long battles and making growing season the next year a challenge.
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