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Emerald ash borer now in Great Smoky Mountains

The first backcountry emerald ash borer infestation has been confirmed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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CDC issues advisory about misuse of pesticides for bed bugs

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are alerting the public to an emerging national concern regarding misuse of pesticides to treat infestations of bed bugs and other insects indoors. Some pesticides are being applied indoors even though they are approved only for outdoor use. Even pesticides that are approved for indoor use can cause harm if over applied or not used as instructed on the product label.

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EPA seeks applications for school asthma management awards

New this year! The U.S. EPA is seeking school-based asthma management programs to apply for the U.S. EPA National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management, the nation’s highest honor for comprehensive asthma management programs.  Deadline is February 12 at 11:59 PM EST.

Apply today if your school-based asthma program:

  • Addresses environmental triggers as part of a comprehensive asthma program.
  • Promotes healthy indoor learning environments in schools that improve the lives of those with asthma.
  • Fosters high-performing collaborations with a diverse set of partners to improve asthma management in schools.
  • Demonstrates results in improved academic performance based on asthma control strategies implemented in the school.

See the web page for more information.

Soil disease control starts with soil sampling

From Delta Farm Press

Two of the greatest soilborne concerns in the Mid-South soybean world, according to Mississippi Extension Plant Pathologist Tom Allen, are reniform and root-knot nematodes. “Nematodes are a tremendous problem in the Mid-South due to the level of acreage dedicated to continuous soybean or soybean following continuous cotton,” he says.

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Clean equipment helps stop spread of weeds

From Delta Farm Press

There are plenty of reasons to keep machinery clean — improved performance, longer working life — but here’s one that might not be high on a grower’s radar: stopping the spread of weeds.

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Controlling corn insects in 2013

Most corn insect control decisions are made before the planter hits the field. “Of course, decisions to control stalk borers in non-Bt corn, as well as cutworms and stink bugs in all corn, are made in-season,” says Auburn University entomologist Kathy Flanders.

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