Soybean leaf yellowing and curling widespread across Southeast

In Southeast Farm Press

By Dominic Reisig, North Carolina Extension Entomologist

Reports have been pouring in on a mysterious symptom seen across fields in North Carolina.  Oddly, these symptoms are widespread across the Southeast (including North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia), are only present in certain varieties, affect nearly every plant in the field, and are field-specific (one field will be completely affected, while a neighboring field of a different variety will be spared).

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Henry Fadamiro Named Assistant Dean and Director of Global Programs

Auburn University alumni professor and researcher Henry Fadamiro has been named assistant dean and director of global programs in the College of Agriculture, effective Sept. 1, Dean Bill Batchelor has announced.

“Agriculture knows no geographical boundaries. It is the world’s largest industry, and so this new position in global programs will be very important for us moving forward,” Batchelor said. “Dr. Fadamiro brings extensive academic, administrative and leadership experience with him. We are proud to see him step into this new role.”

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UK researchers studying the buzz around Lexington

Abi Saeed of the University of Kentucky can tell you no two plant species are alike, especially when it comes to their abilities to attract pollinators.

Saeed and UK entomology professor Dan Potter are studying the types of bees various woody ornament plants attract in urban areas. Their study, which began in April, is the first comprehensive study of its kind.

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Researchers look for biological controls for aflatoxin

In Delta Farm Press

By Olivia McClure, LSU AgCenter

Of all the issues farmers must contend with, aflatoxin-contaminated grain can be one of the most costly at harvest. Several strains of Aspergillus fungi produce aflatoxins, which are complex, harmful pathogens that attack several crops, including field corn. LSU AgCenter researchers are working to develop biological controls for these aflatoxin-producing fungi.

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Just in time for school: New pest control calculator now available for maintenance professionals

In Texas School Pest News

By Steve Byrns, Communication Specialist

Maintenance professionals gearing up for the start of school now have a new tool to help defend students from the inevitable summer influx of undesirables roaming the halls.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s new integrated pest management website, http://ipmcalculator.com, offers school staff members in charge of pest control a wealth of practical information on managing rodents, birds, cockroaches, ants and a plethora of other unwelcome denizens, said Janet Hurley, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management program specialist at Dallas.

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Invader Batters Rural America, Shrugging Off Herbicides

In the New York Times, August 11, 2014

By Michael Wines

The Terminator — that relentless, seemingly indestructible villain of the 1980s action movie — is back. And he is living amid the soybeans at Harper Brothers Farms.

About 100 miles northwest of Indianapolis, amid 8,000 lush acres farmed by Dave Harper, his brother Mike and their sons, the Arnold Schwarzenegger of weeds refuses to die. Three growing seasons after surfacing in a single field, it is a daily presence in a quarter of the Harper spread and has a foothold in a third more. Its oval leaves and spindly seed heads blanket roadsides and jut above orderly soybean rows like skyscrapers poking through cloud banks. It shrugs off extreme drought and heat. At up to six inches in diameter, its stalk is thick enough to damage farm equipment.

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StopPests needs new Project Coordinator

Want to work for Cornell University, improve the pest management practices in affordable housing, and promote IPM? The Northeastern IPM Center at Cornell University is hiring a Project Coordinator for the StopPests in Housing Program (www.stoppests.org). The mission of StopPests is to eliminate high-level infestations of public health pests from affordable housing. Full position description and application details: http://ow.ly/AzqSz