Insect Control focus in late cotton in Mid-South

In Delta Farm Press

The 2013 Mid-South cotton crop is late.

July 4 in the Mid-South is traditionally a time when yellow blooms formally announce the up and coming cotton crop. For this season however, Independence Day blooms were few and far between, signaling both the lateness of the crop and a big shift from cotton to grain this spring.

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The National Research Council is reviewing the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). As part of its information gathering process, the committee is conducting a web-based solicitation to seek input about this flagship competitive grants program.   If you are involved in research, education, and extension, or are a user and beneficiary of AFRI research (producers, industry, and the general public), we’d like to hear from you.  We would appreciate it if you could complete the online solicitation here by August 15, 2013.   Please circulate the link to your colleagues and encourage them to provide their comments. The online form takes about 10 minutes to complete.  Send any questions about the solicitation to Evonne Tang.

Fungi Collection Key in Identifying Diseases

By Sharon Durham

In ARS News

A collection of fungi maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) played a crucial role in helping scientists identify the specific fungus causing an anthracnose disease discovered in a southern turf grass, and another fungus destroying trees of edible fruits in Honduras.

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Bees Exposed to Fungicide More Vulnerable to Nosema Parasite

By Kim Kaplan

In ARS News

Honey bees that consume pollen that contains amounts of commonly used fungicides at levels too low to cause the bee’s death still may leave them more susceptible to infection by a gut parasite, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and University of Maryland research published today in PLOS ONE.

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Late North Carolina cotton crop may be vulnerable to insect pests

By Jack Bacheler, North Carolina Extension Entomologist

In Southeast Farm Press

After a prolonged period of wet weather, North Carolina cotton is benefitting from some sunny, hot weather.

But in most areas of the state, the crop has some catching up to do. In some cases, the crop may never manage this.

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Researcher at Auburn University targeting voracious Kudzu bug

Alabama Extension specialist and Auburn University professor Xing Ping Hu is gaining insight into the virulent kudzu bug, including the discovery of a native predator that could go a long way toward reducing the pest’s numbers.

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Webinar on Shipping Hay Outside the Fire Ant Quarantine Area

A webinar set for Monday, Aug. 19 will discuss how to keep fire ants from hitchhiking on hay to areas that do not have fire ants.  Dr. Kelly Loftin, an entomologist from the University of Arkansas, will host the free webinar set for 6 p.m. Central time.

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Goss’s wilt moving eastward from Great Plains

From Delta Farm Press

While Goss’s wilt wasn’t a significant problem in 2012, more intense storm systems this year could cause it to emerge as a problem for corn growers as the disease continues its movement eastward from the Great Plains.

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New online IPM training tools for teachers

Staff education is crucial for school IPM program success. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has created two free online training modules for teachers to learn the basics of IPM and their roles. Some facts contained in the modules are specific to laws in Texas, but much of the information can be applied in any location.

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Managing deer in school and business environments

Deer become a problem on the grounds of schools and other facilities when they eat ornamental vegetation or damage trees by rubbing their antlers on the bark. There are three main species of deer: white-tailed deer, which live throughout the US, black-tailed deer, distributed mainly along the Pacific coast, and mule deer, found primarily in the West.

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