Wheat scab starting in Mid-south

In Delta Farm Press

This is a nice time of the year in the Mid-South. Temperatures are warming, the rains are starting to become less frequent and dark-green fields of grain are waving in the breeze in parts of the country where farmers still sow winter wheat.

Unfortunately, farmers in Louisiana and some parts of Arkansas have begun observing fields where the grain is not so green and, in fact, is beginning to show the telltale signs of bleaching that generally accompany infections by Fusarium head blight or scab.

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Keeping Your School Free of Stinging Insects – EPA Webinar, May 19

EPA’s Center of Expertise for School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) will host a webinar, “Keeping Your School Free of Stinging Insects,” on May 19 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. This webinar will teach you how to identify these pests and will present the steps you can take to manage them as part of an IPM program. The webinar will feature:

  • Justin Schmidt, Entomologist, University of Arizona
  • Lynn Braband, Community IPM Educator, Cornell University
  • Mark Hardin, IPM Specialist, Howard County (Maryland) Public School System

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Want to practice IPM in your vegetable garden? Brochures and video available for southeast gardeners

If you’ve ever tried growing vegetables in your own home garden, you know the kinds of challenges that come with farming your own food. If you’re lucky enough to avoid having deer eat your long-awaited produce, you might still have insects burrowing into your bean pods or tomatoes, disease striking entire groups of plants, or just problems with malnourishment or not enough sun.

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Gummy stem blight confirmed in watermelon in North Florida

In Southeast Farm Press

by Mathews Paret, University of Florida

Gummy stem blight is currently confirmed in multiple locations in northwest and northeast Florida. Recent high humidity and high temperatures have been ideal for gummy stem blight throughout the northern part of the state. It is a highly destructive foliar fungal disease of watermelon and can cause yield losses of more than 50 percent.

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APS Webinar: Overview of Zebra Chip Research in the U.S.

In support of the National Plant Disease Recovery System (NPDRS), the USDA Office of Pest Management Policy (OPMP) and APS will cohost the webinar “Overview of Zebra Chip Research in the U.S.”


May 7, 2015
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Cost: Free

You must have an APS account to register. Please follow the directions
on the registration page.



Charlie Rush
Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Jim Stack
Kansas State University
Attendees will receive access information one day prior to the webinar.

 The U.S. potato industry constitutes a vital segment of American agriculture. However, the economic sustainability of this industry is threatened by an emerging disease named Zebra Chip (ZC).

This free webinar (you must have an APS account) will highlight the history of zebra chip in the U.S. and the spread of the disease around the world.

Presenter Charlie Rush, Texas A&M AgriLIfe Research and Extension Center in Amarillo, TX, focuses on the ecology and epidemiology of emerging and long-term plant disease problems of regional and national significance, and his laboratory also provides plant disease diagnostic services, under the Great Plains Diagnostic Network.

Webinar on Phytophthora in nurseries, April 28

A Systems Approach To Producing Healthy Container-Grown Plants

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

10-11 a.m. PDT

Native plant nurseries are becoming increasingly aware of the risk of harboring plant pathogens, especially Phytophthora species, that have the potential to threaten the health of ecosystems.  In this webinar you will learn how to apply a systems approach to analyze your nursery production system and identify potential contamination hazards. You will also learn best management practices that will allow you to take corrective action and help ensure the health of your plants. The presenter will be Jennifer Parke, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University.

Please register here: http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=15277  

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EPA Solicits Proposals for the National Farmworker Training Cooperative Agreement

EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting applications for a cooperative agreement that supports national farmworker training aimed at reducing exposure to pesticides for agricultural workers, their families and the agricultural community. This training will help ensure that farmworkers are aware of the strengthened protections they are afforded under the final worker protection standards that EPA expects to release in September 2015. To implement the program, EPA expects to provide up to $500,000 annually, depending on the Agency’s budget, for a total of five years.

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on June 8, 2015

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