Michigan State University conducting survey on spotted wing drosophila

From Growing Produce

Raspberry and blackberry growers are encouraged to share their experiences that will review control needs and where labeling can be expanded.

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is becoming a serious insect pest in commercial production of berries and several other crops. A multi-state effort is underway with state small fruit Extension specialists and the EPA to review short-term and long-term needs for insecticides to control SWD and determine where labeling can be expanded.

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Protecting bees while planting corn and soybeans

From Corn and Soybean Digest

There are concerns with possible bee kills from the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments when planting corn. The neonicotinoids, when applied to the seed, get mixed with the talc that is used to allow seeds to flow more easily in the planters, and then the insecticides plus talc enter the environment during planting or when the seed boxes are cleaned. This “dust” can settle on flowering plants and weeds that bees will use for forage, or perhaps contact the bees or nearby hives directly resulting in bee mortality.

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Controlling kudzu bugs can boost soybean yields

By Southeast Farm Press

Georgia soybean producers made a record crop this past year with 37 bushels per acre, but yields might be improved even more by controlling insect pests like the relatively new kudzu bug.

This pest was first observed in the United States in the fall of 2009, in northeast Georgia,” says Phillip Roberts, University of Georgia Extension entomologist.

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