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Uninvited Holiday Guests

The following post is taken from a North Carolina pest alert written by Dr. Steven Frank.

Christmas trees like other crops have many pests that feed on them. Also like other crops, they are grown outside. Thus, many insect species may be unfortunate enough to stop for a rest just as the tree is bundled up and trucked to your local box store. Every year people report arthropods that have hitchhiked into their house on a Christmas tree. Here are a few of the most common.

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American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using IPM to reduce children’s exposure to pesticides

Increased support for IPM adoption is one of the recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics in a position paper on pesticides published in Pediatrics this month. The article also expresses concern about children’s exposure to pesticides and makes several recommendations overseeing pesticide marketing, labeling and usage.

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Training Modules Provide IPM Tips for Child Care and Early Learning Environments

A free ten-part IPM training program designed for child care and early learning environments is now available. The PowerPoint set presents a step-by-step approach to improving management of pests and reducing pesticide risks.

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Breaking Costly Pest Cycles with Cover Crops

The following news story is from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension program, one of our partners:

Thomas Jefferson and George Washington sang the praises of buckwheat. Today, the broadleaf grain is gaining new popularity as a powerful weed-suppressing cover crop because of its quick establishment and dense growth: In the Northeast, vegetable farmers are rediscovering how to manage buckwheat effectively, thanks to Cornell University research that demonstrated a well-established stand of buckwheat eliminated 98 percent of summer weeds.

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Top Ten DOs and DON’Ts for School IPM Success

By: Jodi Schmitz, Janet Hurley, and Dr. Thomas Green

Although the following tips are written for school personnel, several of the recommendations can help the homeowner as well. If you’re not sure where to find some of the equipment mentioned, call your local university extension and ask for the person who handles school or residential IPM.

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UK Wheat Science Group’s winter meeting coming in January

Specialists with the University of Kentucky Wheat Science Group will present timely information related to wheat production during their winter meeting from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. CST Jan. 8 at the James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville.

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Designing buildings to be pest-free

Pest Prevention By Design Guidelines is a new free resource for designing buildings to be resistant to common pests, such as rats, mice, pigeons and cockroaches. San Francisco’s Integrated Pest Management Program initiated the project after initial pesticide use reductions achieved by the program began to level off.  Program participants suspected poor design was a key barrier to further reductions.

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New test determines viability of soybean rust spores

Spores from Asian soybean rust (Phakopsora pachyrhizi) pose a serious threat to soybean production in the United States because they can be blown great distances by the wind.

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Saving Soil, Nutrients and Money with Cover Crops

The following press release is from the SARE program, courtesy of Sean McGovern.

Many vegetable farmers want to improve soil quality, but because they operate in a competitive, rotation-intensive environment, any soil-building practice they are likely to adopt needs to be backed by solid data.

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Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Conference Scheduled for February

If you grow fruits and vegetables in Alabama, make plans to attend the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Tradeshow to join your partners who feed Alabama.  The Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Conference will be Friday, Feb. 8 at the Ham Wilson Arena and Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Auburn Hotel and Conference Center in Auburn, Ala.  The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Association are organizing this conference.  The two organizations have collaborated for more than 30 years to provide educational opportunities to the state’s fruit and vegetable growers.

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