Scientists in Virginia and North Carolina research grafted tomatoes

At Southeast Farm Press

By Roy Roberson

Grafting plants can solve bacterial wilt problems in a field of tomatoes and can significantly reduce damage from rootknot nematodes, but that doesn’t mean that profit will follow, says Virginia Tech Horticulturist Josh Freeman.

“I’m not an evangelist for grafting, but I can make a field of tomatoes whole by switching from non-grafted transplants to grafted plants.

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Tomato Chlorosis Virus & Tomato Infectious Chlorosis Virus

This presentation will help consultants, growers, and other practitioners in the Southern and Western Regions of the US, as well as Mexico and the Caribbean identify and manage Tomato infectious chlorosis virus (TICV) and Tomato chlorosis virus (ToCV) in tomato. Information will directly benefit crop consultants, growers, and other practitioners responsible for fresh market tomato production under both field and greenhouse conditions. The presentation addresses virus symptoms, distribution, transmission by whitefly vectors, approaches for virus identification and differentiating viruses from one another, as well as specific issues affecting management. By the end of the presentation the practitioner should know more about how to identify potentially infected plants, alternative host plants that may support infection and become sources for transmission, and whitefly vectors responsible for transmission. This information should allow the practitioner to improve management and limit infection.

Presentation by:

William M. Wintermantel
Research Plant Pathologist

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Posted at Plant Management Network

Managing for Corn Borers, Emphasizing the Southwestern Corn Borer

This presentation will help growers and crop advisors better manage corn borer pests in corn. Although focusing on southwestern corn borer in the southern United States, many comments will be relevant to European corn borer. The information discussed will include a description of biology, feeding symptoms, damage, the monitoring of pest populations and ways to prevent crop losses, including the appropriate use of insecticides and Bt technologies.

Presentation given by:

Scott Stewart, Ph.D.
Professor and IPM Specialist
West Tennessee Research and
Education Center
The University of Tennessee

Watch Presentation (30 min 19 sec)

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Select and Use Herbicides Without Harming the Environment

From Plant Management Network

Source: Michigan State University Press Release.

Herbicides are a necessary tool that many farms utilize for pest control. The challenge that farms face in using these chemicals is the effect they may have on the environment. Michigan State University Extension recommends that farms consider the following steps when choosing and applying herbicides:

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