Register for Upcoming Webinars on School Integrated Pest Management

EPA’s Center of Expertise for School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is excited to offer two upcoming webinars:

On Tuesday, May 10 − Stop School Pests and iPest Manager – School IPM Educational Programs, highlighting two new, free, online school IPM resources:

  • The Stop School Pests program, a standardized, peer-reviewed, national IPM training program for school communities, and
  • iSchoolPest Manager, an online hub for school IPM materials. These new resources, developed through EPA grants, are intended to help schools initiate and grow their IPM programs, thereby providing students, faculty and staff with healthier learning environments.
  • Featuring Dr. Dawn Gouge and Janet Hurley

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Insects, diseases are up this year, wheat acreage is down in Louisiana

In Delta Farm Press

by Rick Bogren, LSU AgCenter

Wheat acreage in Louisiana is at an all-time low of 58,000 to 60,000 acres, LSU AgCenter experts said at the April 20th wheat and oat field day at AgCenter Macon Ridge Research Station.

Low prices, scab disease in 2015 and wet weather at planting are the reasons, said Boyd Padgett, AgCenter wheat specialist. In particular, scab disease “left a bad taste in growers’ mouths.” Continue reading

Clarification on Registration Instructions for May 5, 2016, Endangered Species Assessments Webinar

The Environmental Protection Agency has heard from a number of people who are having trouble registering for the upcoming Endangered Species Assessments webinar. The issue seems to be coming from a password prompt for those who have already used the EPA Adobe Connect system.

If you registered for the webinar prior to 2:00 PM (ET) on April, 26, 2016, you will need to register again at https://epawebconferencing.acms.com/esapilotbioevals/event/registration.html.   Continue reading

Alabama researchers find pest exclusion system that allows for natural enemies

by Ayanava Majumdar, Alabama Cooperative Extension System

The concept of High Tunnel Pest Exclusion (HTPE) system has been explained in many other articles listed at the end. Basically, pest exclusion is a feasible IPM strategy where a sturdy structure can be modified with fabric to serve as a barrier between insect pests and host plants. HTPE can be very an effective strategy for organic and conventional high tunnel producers that aim at preventing insect pests. However, the HTPE system raises questions about the unintended consequences of this technology, such as the exclusion of natural enemies. With this in mind, we conducted laboratory-based assays to evaluate natural enemy exclusion using HTPE models fitted with 30, 40, and 50 percent shade cloths sold by Poly-Tex (MN), Grainger (IL), Green-Tek (WI), and Farmtek (IA). HTPE models were covered in glass cages during the tests. Farmtek shade cloths have fine openings (knitted monofilament) whereas the shade cloths from other vendors have wide (v-shaped) openings.  Continue reading