Fire Ant Control: The Two-Step Method and Other Approaches

by Janet Hurley, Texas A&M AgriLife

When it comes to insect pests, fire ants would probably top everyone’s list! Red and black imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta and Solenopsis richteri) are invasive species and their painful bites can injure or kill livestock, wildlife, domestic animals, and humans. Their large mounds (as many as 300 per acre) are unsightly and often damage mowers and other equipment. Fire ants also infest buildings and can damage electrical equipment by chewing on wire insulation.

Fire ants cost Americans $6 billion a year, including the cost of insecticides. The Two-Step Method and other approaches described here can lower that cost while reducing environmental damage and improving fire ant control. Knowing your options will allow you to make better choices to protect your family, pets, and property. Continue reading

Just released and FREE! Southeastern Pest Control Guide for Nursery and Landscape Plants available

Tired of going from state to state sifting through extension publications for the latest pest management recommendations? If this sounds like the start of an info-mercial, you’re right!

A team of University and Extension personnel from around the Southeast has created the 2017 Southeastern US Pest Control Guide for Nursery Crops and Landscape Plantings. Yes its a long title but its a long book available in electronic and pdf versions. Continue reading

APHIS Releases New Weed Risk Assessment

APHIS’ Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) has posted Weed Risk Assessments (WRA) for the following seven weed species:

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NC State project aims for better cover crops

by Dee Shore, NC State University

Scientists from NC State University are joining with others across the country to promote soil health by developing and helping farmers adopt new cover crops.

Made possible by a $2.2 million grant from Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, the new $6.6 million research initiative aims “to get new cover crop solutions into the hands of those who use them or will be using them,” according to Twain Butler, a research agronomist with the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation who is leading the project. Continue reading

Plant Pathology Scientist – Dupont

The Plant Pathology group at DuPont Pioneer is an integral support team to our product development and commercial business efforts.  This Plant Pathology Scientist position will be a key contributor to a research team that provides a plant disease center of excellence for the organization, including but not limited to the following areas:  disease characterization and phenotyping, plant disease diagnostics, inoculum production, phytosanitary support, and research efforts to improve crop disease control methods through genetic resistance, pathogen control, fungicidal control or other best management practices. Continue reading

Online database can help diagnose herbicide injury

In Delta Farm Press

Agriculture professionals and homeowners now have an online reference if they suspect their plants have sustained injury from herbicides.

The new Herbicide Injury Database at https://plants.uaex.edu/herbicide/default.aspx, contains more than 1,000 images collected across two decades showing and cross-referencing herbicides and the types of damage to many types of plants. Continue reading

Director, Mosquito Control Division Department of Solid Waste Management, Miami, FL

Nature of work

This is a highly responsible position directing the countywide mosquito control functions within the Department of Solid Waste Management. The position is responsible for providing strategic, operational and administrative leadership for the County’s Mosquito Control Program by closely collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Agriculture, local, state, national and international entities, to establish and implement goals, strategies, action plans and policies for the control and eradication of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses, to include exploration of emerging technologies. Continue reading