EPA School IPM brochure 2013

The US EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs has just released the “EPA School IPM Brochure 2013.”  The Brochure is accessible at:  http://epa.gov/pesp/publications/ipm/ipm_in_schools_brochure.pdf

Georgia crop consultant gets bitten by snakes in soybean field

From Southeast Farm Press

Kevin Cotton never heard the snakes in the soybean field.

The first one bit him and he knew it was bad. He quickly stepped a few feet away and that’s where the other one hit him. Two rattlesnakes bit him within seconds of each other.

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Tips for chemical-free weed control

From the Daily News

If you’re taking a chemical-free approach to home weed control, you’ve most likely discovered it can be a real challenge. Without herbicides in your arsenal, it can be tough to keep the invaders out of your lawn and natural areas, flower beds and vegetable gardens, walks and driveways. To succeed, you need time, persistence and a multifaceted approach.

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Western North Carolina is doing beaver control

Beavers were once extinct because of the popularity of fur hats, but now they are not only plentiful in many areas, they are building dams that cause flooding in parks and recreation areas. The Daily Reflector reports on how the city of Hendersonville, NC, is trying to deal with their beaver problem in the most humane way they can.

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USDA wants to hear how important the Farm Bill is to you

USDA is asking people to submit stories and opinions about how the lack of a new Farm Bill is affecting rural America. Read the USDA blog to find out how to share your story.

Texas Plant Protection Conference

The 2013 Texas Plant Protection Conference is scheduled for December 10 & 11, 2013 at the Brazos Center, Bryan, TX. For 25 years the conference has offered an excellent program that is supported by all involved in Texas crop production including many leaders representing academia, Extension, research, consulting, agribusiness, farming and regulatory. In addition to the opportunity to learn about trends, new ideas, and new technology in the educational program the conference also offers an opportunity to network with ag leaders and to discuss the latest with key industry professionals. http://tppa.tamu.edu/conferences/2013/index.cfm

Help restore a valuable predator

Most people would flinch at the thought of giving bats a place to live in their backyard, but bats are valuable resources when it comes to controlling insect pests. So the U.S. Forest Service is asking the public to help conserve existing healthy bat colonies.

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New Trap on Tap for Better Beetle Control

Better control of red flour beetles and other costly stored-product insect pests could be on hand, thanks to a new pitfall trap designed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers.

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Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference Slated for January

Producers should make plans now to attend the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Tradeshow. The Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Conference will be Friday, Feb. 7 at the Ham Wilson Arena and Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center in Opelika, Ala. Organized by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Association, this conference is the premier educational conference for the state’s fruit and vegetable growers.

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Endosulfan illegal in FL, more news in Chemically Speaking

This month’s Chemically Speaking, published by the University of Florida, has several stories of interest to growers, regarding pesticide decisions that will affect growing practices in the coming year:

  • Endosulfan is now illegal to use in Florida on most crops. Check the timeline on page 2 to see when the last use will be (or was) for each crop.
  • The biopesticide containing the BmJ bacterium is undergoing tests for effects on bees, so its release will be delayed.
  • California strawberry growers are struggling to find non-fumigant alternatives to methyl bromide and methyl iodide, and trials are getting mixed results.

Read Chemically Speaking this month for details about these stories and more. The University of Florida is part of Southern IPM Center’s Regulatory Information Network.