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    November 2014
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Weather, management will determine extent of resistant weed problem next year

In Southwest Farm Press

Roundup-resistant Palmer amaranth has been bad in the Texas High Plains and Rolling Plains this year. And it could be worse in 2015.

Weather will play a role, say weed scientists Peter Dotray and Wayne Keeling, both with Texas AgriLife Extension in Lubbock. Dotray also has teaching and research responsibilities with Texas Tech.

“Rain made it seem like the light switch just turned on,” in early summer, Dotray said. “If it’s dry next year, resistant-weed infestations may not be as bad, but we know the source of plant resistance is here.”

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Wild pigs cause more damage than torn fields

David Bennett from Delta Farm Press talks to John “Jack” Mayer, manager of environmental sciences at Savannah River National Laboratory in South Carolina, about the ever-evolving problem of wild pigs. Because wild pig hunting causes such an adrenaline rush, he says, hunters have moved pigs across state lines in an effort to make hunting locations more convenient, an effort that has actually compounded the population problem and caused more of a wild pig population explosion than would have occurred on its own.

As a result, wild pigs have caused economic devastation to agriculture, from tainting California spinach with E. coli to causing thousands of dollars of damage to a National Guard jet. Because wild pigs carry disease, they have the potential to infect humans and cattle with brucellosis and pseudorabies, causing billions of dollars of damage to the beef industry, followed by a huge jump in beef prices.

Read the interview in Delta Farm Press

Area IPM Cooperative Extension Advisor, University of California

Across California, the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is an engine for problem solving. Serving as the network linking local issues to the power of UC research, our more than 300 campus-based specialists and county-based advisors work as teams to bring practical, unbiased, science-based answers to Californians.

We seek an academic advisor who can conduct a multi-county-based extension, education and applied research program in IPM, with an emphasis in entomology and provide leadership in promoting IPM through research, training and extension activities.

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