NCSU research offers insight into devastating invasive fly

From Southeast Farm Press

Humans aren’t the only species with a sweet tooth.

Research from North Carolina State University shows that the invasive spotted-wing vinegar fly (Drosophila suzukii) also prefers sweet, soft fruit β€” giving us new insight into a species that has spread across the United States over the past four years and threatens to cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to U.S. fruit crops.

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Resistant barnyardgrass torments Mid-South

in Delta Farm Press

On the way to becoming Arkansas’ Number One grass weed, barnyardgrass has tormented farmers while picking up resistance to a wide range of herbicides. And without agronomic changes the weed is likely to ratchet up the pressure on Mid-South crops.

Propanil resistance in Arkansas barnyardgrass was documented in the early 1990s. Shortly thereafter, Facet (Quinclorac) came in under a Section 18 and was widely adopted. By the late 1990s, weed scientists began to find Quinclorac resistance.

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Disease and Insect Pest Management for Sustainable Vegetable Production

Disease and Insect Pest Management for Sustainable Vegetable Production 9 AM – 4 PM

Two Locations:

Charleston on April 30, 2013
and
Clemson on May 2, 2013

These workshops are sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and the Clemson Sustainable Agriculture Program, and are made possible by grants from the Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program. The focus of the training will be on implementation of ecologically- and biologically-based strategies to discourage major regional diseases and insect pests from becoming a problem.

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Target spot severity varies among cotton varieties

From Southeast Farm Press

Target spot has created much concern among cotton growers in the Southeast over the past few years and began showing up in cotton fields in the Carolinas and Virginia for the first time last year.

Little is known about the impact of the fungal disease on yield and quality, but recent research indicates there may be significant differences among varieties.

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