Disease-resistant Peas Developed for Release

From USDA Agricultural Research Service

New garden- and dry-pea breeding lines developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their collaborators may offer growers added insurance against Aphanomyces root rot, a disease that can cause crop yield losses of 20 to 100 percent.

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Fungus May Offer Natural Weed Control

From ARS News

A naturally occurring fungus may prove useful in the fight against Palmer amaranth, an aggressive southern weed that can grow at the rate of two inches a day and outcompete corn, cotton, soybean and other crops for resources, potentially reducing their yields.

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Timing continues to be a key ingredient in cotton insect control

From Delta Farm Press

For years, the boll weevil was public enemy No. 1 for Tennessee cotton farmers. The boll weevil is gone thanks to the hard work of cotton growers and research scientists. But the malathion sprays that took out the boll weevil and plant bugs are gone as well, creating an environment where plant bugs have become a major problem. The University of Tennessee’s Sandy Steckel talked about the current efforts to control the latter during a stop on the Cotton Tour at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center.

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