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Sudden Death Syndrome in Soybean showing up in Tennessee

From the UTCrops News Blog

by Heather Young Kelly, Extension Plant Pathologist

Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) has started showing up in soybean fields in Tennessee. The cool, wet season Tennessee has experienced, similar to last season, has been conducive for the disease to develop in susceptible varieties.

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Get Answers to Your Questions about Pesticide Ingredients in EPA’s Newest Resource Directory

The Pesticide Program’s newest resource directory is titled “Ingredients Used in Pesticide Products” and contains valuable information on pesticide product chemicals, both active and inert ingredients. The target audiences for the resource directory include consumers, press, and registrants interested in finding out more about a pesticide ingredient. The directory explains the different types of pesticides and ingredients. It currently contains fact sheets on a few of the more commonly searched-for active ingredients and pesticides groups, and more will be added over time. Our online databases of chemicals, inert ingredients, and pesticide product labels are also conveniently provided in the directory.

The Ingredients Used in Pesticide Products resource directory can be found at http://www2.epa.gov/ingredients-used-pesticide-products.

Save the dates for insect, disease and weed management workshops in SC

Save the dates for these upcoming workshops for vegetable production brought to you by the Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture Program and its partners, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Clemson University Extension Program. Continue reading

Scouting is key to good yields in fall

Source: United Soybean Board Press Release. www.unitedsoybean.org and Plant Management Network

Much of the soybean belt has received plenty of moisture this season. Since such conditions are often associated with increased plant disease and a greater threat of aphids and other pests, scouting your fields this summer is especially important.

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Sugarcane Aphids Invade Arkansas Sorghum; Treatment Options Limited

Source: University of Arkansas Press Release. www.uaex.edu and Plant Management Network

 Grain sorghum growers in east Arkansas are discovering a new visitor: the sugarcane aphid has been showing up since June on the plant’s leaves in Ashley, Chicot, Desha and Phillips counties and it’s considered likely to spread to nearby areas. Its damage symptoms include sticky honeydew and yellow to reddish brown leaf discoloration.

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Sugarcane Aphids Identified West of I-35 in Texas for First Time

Source: Texas A&M University Press Release. aglifesciences.tamu.edu and Plant Management Network

Sugarcane aphids have been identified on sorghum in San Saba and Coleman counties, marking the first time the insect has been found west of Interstate-35, according to Dr. Charles Allen, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service statewide integrated pest management coordinator, San Angelo.

AgriLife Extension agents Rick Minzenmayer of Ballinger, Neal Alexander of San Saba and Michael Palmer of Coleman have found sugarcane aphid in sorghum fields near San Saba and Coleman, Allen said.

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For Soybean Insect Management, There’s No Substitute for Scouting, Says Researcher

Source: United Soybean Board Press Release. www.unitedsoybean.org and Plant Management Network

The weather in the Mid-South region causes intense pest pressure for row-crop farmers. To maintain yields, farmers in this area must treat numerous insect pests, more so than farmers in other areas of the country, according to Mississippi Extension entomologist Angus Catchot, Ph.D. In a new Focus on Soybean webcast, Catchot outlines best-management practices to treat pests common to the region.

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Nobel Prize Winner Peter Agre to Give Keynote Address at ICE 2016

Peter Agre, the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, will deliver the keynote address at International Congress of Entomology 2016, which will be held September 25-30, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

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New disease hits Georgia Vidalia onion crop

By Clint Thompson
University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Georgia is the only state that produces sweet Vidalia onions. It’s also the only state where onion farmers are tackling a new disease — yellow bud.

Yellow bud (Allium Cepa) turns onion leaves yellow, similar to a ripe banana. The plant either dies or loses the yellow color in the leaves and greens back up. While the plant looks healthy, the damage has already been done.

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Hunting for the world’s largest flea

This article appeared in The New York Times online edition on Monday, July 28th. It  tells the story of how a couple of entomologists captured and wrestled a mountain beaver to obtain a giant flea, Hystrichopsylla schefferi. If you’re a scientist, you’ll love the detailed description and history of the flea and how it relates in size to cat and dog fleas. If you just love stories, this is one of those heart-pounding narrations with a happy ending.

Read the story here. If the link doesn’t work, go to the New York Times and look for “The Great Giant Flea Hunt.”