Tree of Heaven, paulownia are two tree species that provide refuge for brown marmorated stink bug after hibernation, study finds

Since its discovery in the United States in 1996, the brown marmorated stink bug has been testing the patience of farmers and homeowners alike. From spring to fall it decimates crops such as tree fruits, vegetables, cotton, corn and soybeans. After harvest it retreats to residential areas, covering buildings and vehicles, and often entering people’s homes.

The brown marmorated stink bug, or BMSB as it’s often called, was detected for the first time in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1996. Over the next ten years, it spread to several states in the Northeast and began migrating south. By 2010 the pest was in North Carolina, and has since become a serious pest of fruit trees and vegetables. In some areas BMSB populations are so numerous that they are very difficult to control and inflict high levels of damage.

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Mississippi grower finds cover crops help keep down pigweed

In Delta Farm Press

by Doreen Muzzi, Contributing Writer

One Mississippi producer may have found a way to rid his farm of pigweed, that prickly, fast-growing, troublesome weed dotting the Delta’s landscape. The solution, according Mississippi producer B. Jones, lies in a winter mix of beneficial vegetation.

When Delta F.A.R.M. (Farmers Advocating Resource Management) kicked off the Mississippi Healthy Soils Initiative in the fall of 2014 with the aim of demonstrating and evaluating better ways to build healthy soils, B. Jones and his brother, Will, were already believers in the benefits of a winter cover crop. What they didn’t know then, was how much pigweed control that cover crop would offer.

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