Great Stink Bug Count happening this month

Scientists at the USDA are conducting a second year of the “Great Stink Bug Count” and are seeking volunteers to help track the pest. They are trying to identify characteristics of houses that brown marmorated stink bugs look for when finding overwintering sites. Last year’s count had over 200 volunteers with 44 individuals who counted every day.

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New giant snail population discovered in Florida

Florida’s Giant African Land Snail eradication effort, which has already eradicated more than 140,000 snails, is still top priority for the state due to the discovery of a new population of giant snails in another part of Florida.

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Bed bug webinar available online

The recorded webinar “Lowering Costs with an In-House Bed Bug Preventions and Management Plan” is now up online here: http://stoppests.org/vtechbedbug

On that same page you will find a link to the questions and answers asked during and after the webinar, the slides from the presentation, and other helpful links.

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NC State receives $12.4 million to improve sweet potatoes

by Mick Kulikowski

North Carolina State University will receive $12.4 million over the next four years from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve a crop that is an important food staple in sub-Saharan Africa – the sweet potato.

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Farmscaping and IPM: Benefits accrue but are difficult to measure

Because of their potential to increase the number of natural enemies, farmscapes can be beneficial to an IPM program, but it’s difficult to measure how much, according to a recent article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management.

Farmscaping is an ecological approach to farming with the purpose of increasing the presence of natural predators and beneficial organisms. The approach involves diversifying plantings to include ornamental or non-cash crops, living mulches, fence rows or borders, or island patches of grass within a field.

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Should NC soybean growers spray for stink bugs?

In Southeast Farm Press

by Dominic Reisig, NC State University

Right now we are witnessing typical end-of-season insect patterns.  Multigenerational bean leaf beetle populations densities are at their highest now and soybeans with developing seed are stink bug magnets.

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Extract from nematodes stops pecan scab

In Southeast Farm Press

by Sharon Durham, USDA

Researchers know that substances produced by bacteria from the guts of entomopathogenic nematodes (ones that infect insects) can suppress certain plant diseases, including pecan scab, the major disease currently limiting productivity and quality of pecan trees in the southeastern United States. But the specific compounds responsible for the suppression have not been previously identified.

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