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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