Hands-on Plant Grafting Workshop

On January 16, 2015, the South Carolina Watermelon Association (SCWA), SCDA, and Clemson University will host a hands-on plant grafting workshop.  The workshop will be held at the Hilton Columbia Center Hotel, 924 Senate St., Columbia, SC from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Continue reading

Attention All School-based Asthma Programs!

Start your application now for the 2015 U.S. EPA National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management! Since 2005, 32 health plans, healthcare providers and communities in action have received this Award – the nation’s highest honor for programs delivering excellent environmental asthma management as part of their comprehensive asthma care services.

Deadline: January 30, 2015, 11:59 p.m. EST

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Webinar of Northeastern pollinator meeting has been posted

The Northeastern IPM Center recently hosted a discussion on the topic of pollinators in a live-streamed web event: “Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Pollinators: What is the appropriate role for IPM on the issue of pollinators?”

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Warmer temps limit impact of parasites, boost pest populations

By Matt Shipman

Climate change is expected to disrupt ecosystems by changing the life cycles of insects and other organisms in unpredictable ways – and scientists are getting a preview of these changes in cities. Research from North Carolina State University shows that some insect pests are thriving in warm, urban environments and developing earlier, limiting the impact of parasitoid wasps that normally help keep those pest populations in check.

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Resistant armyworm march north is mystery to NCSU specialists

By Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University

In fall 2013, Dr. Dominic Reisig got a phone call from a farmer in rural Hyde County. The farmer was growing corn, and it was literally falling apart in the field. What was going on?

Reisig, an entomologist with NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and its Cooperative Extension Service, is a sort of science detective who specializes in insects that pose a threat to crops. And the farmer had presented him with a mystery.

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Cover crops boost yields in organic fields

By Candance M. Pollock
University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Organic vegetable farmers in the Southeast now have a successful model for planting summer cover crops with high-value, cool-season crops, thanks to a University of Georgia study. The two models use a series of crop rotations to increase yields, control insects and diseases, improve crop quality and build soil biomass.

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UGA plant pathologist recommends planting peanuts in May to avoid TSWV

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

A University of Georgia Extension plant pathologist is urging Georgia peanut farmers to plant a month later next year to keep the threat of tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) at bay.

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