Pests and Climate Converge on a National Stage

It is not uncommon for pests and climate to be cast in a negative light. Weather forecasters are questioned when they’re wrong. Climate scientists are critiqued for their models. Pests are rarely regarded as important until there are losses or an outbreak. The Northeastern IPM Center and its partners aim to change this by bringing the two disciplines together for the first time in the National Forum on Climate and Pests, to be held in Washington DC at the National Academies. Continue reading

Bed bug virtual conference in April

From the comfort of your home or office hear from industry-leading experts as bed bugs continue to be
an important part of the pest management industry’s service mix. This conference is sponsored by PCT Magazine. Continue reading

NCSU experts says tillage provides better Italian ryegrass control

in Southeast Farm Press

Researchers at North Carolina State University are looking to cultural practices as a way to help control Italian ryegrass in wheat.

In 2014 and 2015, N.C. State scientists examined how row spacing and tillage practices impact Italian ryegrass in wheat. “We didn’t see any result with row spacing. If Italian ryegrass is going to come in, it’s going to come in regardless how dense that wheat is,” said N.C. State Extension Weed Specialist Wes Everman, speaking the Northeast Ag Expo Small Grain Field Day in Elizabeth City. “The tillage practices are where we saw some real differences.” Continue reading

National Healthy Schools Day is April 5

Since 2002, parents, teachers, school nurses, custodians, advocates, and agencies have promoted National Healthy Schools Day activities nationwide.  Whether you are at the beginning stages of investigating school environments or have an established indoor environmental quality program, you are invited to host a local activity that educates others and celebrates your school’s successes. National Healthy Schools Day promotes the use of the Environmental Protection Agency’s IAQ Tools for Schools guidance as well as other EPA environmental health guidelines and programs for schools and children’s health.

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Texas farmer sees benefits of cover crops after flooding

In Southwest Farm Press

by Dee Ann Littlefield, USDA-NRCS

The Texas adage: “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes — it will change,” is becoming more accurate than most would like to admit and can wreak havoc on agriculture producers.

Weather extremes have dominated Texas in recent years. 2011 was one of the hottest, driest years on record, while 2015 was one of the wettest, with some temperature extremes mixed in. Continue reading

Missouri producer finds cover crops make him more money than conventional tillage

In Delta Farm Press

Johnny Hunter admits his photos of a tall, green cover crop that he’s preparing to plant corn into are enough to scare most farmers.

“It looks like a hot mess,” says Hunter, who grows cover crops on most of the 5,400 acres of land he plans to farm in 2016. “If you’re a conventional-till or maybe even a minimum till farmer, this is spooky. Continue reading

USDA Announces $5.2 Million For Nanotechnology Research

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced an investment of more than $5.2 million to support nanotechnology research at 11 universities. The universities will research ways nanotechnology can be used to improve food safety, enhance renewable fuels, increase crop yields, manage agricultural pests, and more. The awards were made through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), the nation’s premier competitive, peer-reviewed grants program for fundamental and applied agricultural sciences. Continue reading

USDA News Release: Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program Announces 2016 Plans for Fighting the Beetle in New York, Massachusetts, and Ohio

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), together with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Ohio Department of Agriculture today announce plans for the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) eradication efforts taking place in 2016.  APHIS and its partners have been conducting eradication efforts of this destructive tree pest since its detection in New York in 1996.

“After completing the environmental impact statement process in March, we are confident that we will be able to eliminate the beetle in the three affected states using the strategies we have available to us,” said Robyn Rose, APHIS’ national policy manager for the Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program.  “The goal is still to eradicate this non-native, tree-killing pest.” Continue reading

Virtual bed bug conference offered for pest control operators

PCT Magazine is proud to announce the upcoming Virtual Bed Bug Conference, scheduled for April 13, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (EST).

Description: Bed bugs continue to keep phones ringing off the hook for pest control operators and this segment shows no signs of slowing down. From the comfort of your home or office, learn from industry-leading bed bug experts, who will share the latest bed bug research findings and practical tips for dealing with bed bugs including traditional and “out-of-the-box” control options. The half-day virtual event is designed for pest management professionals, technical directors and service technicians.

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AgriLife Extension part of three year nearly $250,000 grant

In Southwest Farm Press

by Steve Byrnes

A passion for helping limited-resource strawberry producers become successful has again paid off for a team headed by a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist at Lubbock.

Dr. Russ Wallace was notified in late February that the project, “Evaluating Organic Pest Control Products for Strawberries in Combination with High and Low Tunnels for Limited Resource Farmers in the Mid-South” was awarded $246,413 for research and education purposes from Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. Continue reading