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