Tomato yellow leaf curl virus getting worse in Georgia

In Southeast Farm Press

By Clint Thompson, University of Georgia

Tomato yellow leaf curl virus has been a chronic threat to tomato production in south Georgia for more than a decade. The problem is only getting worse.

A University of Georgia researcher says eradicating the disease may not be possible. However, work continues to be done to help farmers select resistant varieties and manage their risks.

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Early-season adult kudzu bug activity in Virginia alarming

From Southeast Farm Press

By Ames Herbert, Virginia Extension Entomologist

Virginia soybean growers are almost certainly going to have some problems with kudzu bug (KB) in soybean fields this summer.

Why? We have been getting very early reports of adults from several southeastern counties for the past several weeks (including Suffolk, Isle of Wight, Sussex, Dinwiddie, Greensville and Prince George). Likely they are much more widespread.

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Webinar on dealing with deer

The eXtension Pest Management in and Around Structures, Wildlife Damage Management Working Group, will host a webinar  “Dealing with Deer: How to protect your garden, plants, and property from deer on June 21, 2013  11:00am central.

Dr. Hygnstrom is a nationally recognized expert on deer damage management.  He will separate the fact from fiction about dealing with deer.

Additional details can be found at https://learn.extension.org/events/1078

Prevention key to managing blueberry root rot

Fruit growers are often attracted to blueberry production because the plants have few disease problems. However one disease, Phytophthora root rot, can completely decimate blueberry plants. This spring, agents and specialists with the UK Cooperative Extension Service have seen widespread cases of the disease across the state.

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SIPMC funds 15 IPM Enhancement Grants

This year, SIPMC is funding unique projects that are addressing some of the region’s highest priorities. The following are the 15 proposals that have been funded through the IPM Enhancement Grant:

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Scientists try to find reason for Akiochi disease in rice

From Delta Farm Press

Akiochi disease of rice, also known as ‘hydrogen sulfide toxicity’, causes black crown and root rot in rice.  In 2012, under hot and dry conditions, the disease was seen in several rice fields across the state of Arkansas.  In the assessment of former Extension rice pathologist Dr. Rick Cartwright, incidence of this disease in 2012 was the most severe since 2004.

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Two strawberry viruses found in Kentucky

Kentucky strawberry producers should check with their supplier on the origin of their plugs after two viruses were found this spring in the state, said Nicole Ward Gauthier, assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture’s Department of Plant Pathology.

The viruses, strawberry mottle virus and strawberry mild yellow edge virus, were found on plants that originated in a nursery in the Great Valley area of Nova Scotia. Three known Kentucky growers received a shipment of plants from this nursery, but only one of them has reported symptoms of the viruses.

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