Scientists test traps on stable flies at zoos

From USDA ARS News

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their collaborators at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., are setting traps to find out which ones are more effective at capturing and killing stable flies that annoy zoo animals.

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Study shows cattle don’t damage soil by grazing cover crops

In Southeast Farm Press

A U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist in North Carolina has found a way to encourage more growers to use cover crops in the Southeastern United States—allow cattle to graze on them.

Cover crops reduce soil erosion, boost organic matter, keep more moisture in soil and sequester carbon in the soil so less of it is released as a greenhouse gas.

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Cankerworm moths lay eggs now; larvae will eat leaves in spring

by Amitha A. Narayanan, a graduate student in NC State’s Technical Communication program.

In NCSU News

It is the time of the year when you might be thinking of snuggling up with hot chocolate and your favorite book, but female cankerworm moths are hard at work – laying the foundation for an invasion that you won’t notice until this spring.

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