Pigweed is $100 million a year problem in Georgia

in Southeast Farm Press

by Clint Thompson, University of Georgia

The most destructive adversary to impact cotton production since the boll weevil is costing cotton farmers potential yields and profit.

Farmers have to work diligently to keep up with the herbicide-resistant weed, technically known as Palmer amaranth.

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Nematodes Encapsulated to Better Battle Corn Pests

From USDA Agricultural Research Service

Nematodes have shown promise as biological control agents in the fight against the western corn rootworm, whose larval stage is a costly pest of corn in the United States and Europe. But current spray methods used to apply the beneficial nematodes can be labor-intensive and water-consuming.

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EPA Provides Funds to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species into Lake George

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has provided $50,000 to the Lake George Park Commission for the purchase of two boat inspection and washing stations that will reduce the threat of aquatic invasive species being introduced into the Lake George ecosystem. The stations began operating over the 2013 Memorial Day weekend, the start of the annual boating season.

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Tropical storm Andrea could bring early diseases, insects to Upper Southeast

From Southeast Farm Press

After battling cool, wet weather throughout much of the 2013 planting season, growers in the Upper Southeast are now dealing with Tropical Storm Andrea, which may leave more than wet ground in her path.

For vegetable growers, cucurbit downy mildew has already been reported in several counties in North Carolina. Virginia Tech Vegetable Specialist Steve Rideout says the problem could get much worse if Andrea brings large numbers of disease causing CDM spores with her.

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