Georgia watermelons hammered by old disease

In Southeast Farm Press

Fusarium wilt has hammered Georgia watermelons for years, and it’s getting worse not better. Farmers could be planting themselves into a yield-crippling corner in the coming years.

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School District Survey Reveals Successes and Opportunities

A national school IPM working group was formed in 2006 to coordinate and accelerate school IPM adoption in US public schools. Since then, over $4.4 million has been leveraged from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture, USDA IPM Centers, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state lead agencies and others to support school IPM. School IPM demonstrations and regional school district coalitions have impacted over 4.5 million students and 400,000 staff since 2006. The national working group, composed of four regional working groups and coordinated by a steering committee, has grown to more than 240 members.

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NC State Entomologists Receive Grant to Find Answer to Insecticide-resistant, Bait-averse German cockroaches

Now that research has determine why some German cockroaches are averse to glucose, scientists want to know if some of those roaches are also resistant to the bait insecticide, and if they are, how they can be controlled.

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Kudzu bugs ‘spreading like wildfire’ in parts of Alabama

Kudzu bugs are “spreading like wildfire” in parts of east-central Alabama, says Ron Smith, Auburn University Extension entomologist.

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Lionfish Tournament: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Eat ‘Em

From the North Carolina Coastal Federation

By Trista Talton

More than a decade after finding lionfish established from off the North Carolina coast to Florida, marine researchers continue to look for ways to control the rapidly growing population of spiny, invasive species.

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NC State’s Lonnie Poole Golf Course Receives Audubon International Certification

North Carolina State University’s Lonnie Poole Golf Course has passed strict sustainability standards and become a certified Audubon International Signature Golf Sanctuary and member of the organization’s Signature Program.

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Choosing a pest control company for bed bugs

Not all pest control providers are considered equal when it comes to bed bug control. Dr. Mike Merchant, an urban entomologist from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, has co-authored a publication explaining what to look for when you’re about to make that phone call to a pest control company to get rid of bed bugs.

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