Managing Cucurbit Diseases & Insect Pests in Organic Production Systems

This one-day course will focus on field diagnosis of key diseases and insect pests affecting cucurbit crops in organic production systems in South Carolina. Participants will learn about techniques for sampling and identification of key diseases and their symptoms, and for insect pests and their natural enemies. Participants will gain experience in the field monitoring disease and insect pests at the Clemson Organic Farm and will practice disease and insect identification using stereo microscopes and hand lenses in a lab setting. All participants will receive a hand lens to take home. Lunch will be provided, and there will be ample time for questions and discussion about disease and insect problems and solutions. Continue reading

What are your opinions of IPM? Northeastern IPM Center wants to know

Visit the Northeastern IPM Center’s exhibit at the National Healthy Homes conference on June 13 – 16, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Staff from the Center will be conducting a one-question survey to assess barriers for understanding and/or implementing IPM. Participation will be easy—no long answers; anyone who participates will be able to select a choice from a list.

Survey instructions

Survey instructions

Evaluation staff will use the choices to evaluate the knowledge, awareness, practices used, perceptions and adverse reactions among diverse populations.

If you do stop by to help the Center collect data, feel free to ask any IPM-related question you have. You can find more information at: http://www.northeastipm.org/ipm-planning/evaluating-impacts/

Louisiana rice field day includes weed, disease and insect pest management

In Delta Farm Press

by Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter

One of the world’s leading rice geneticists will speak at the annual field day at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station on June 29.

Susan McCouch, of the Cornell University Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, will talk about the potential for advances in rice breeding. Continue reading

Farmer is using cover crops to beat pigweed – and winning

In Southeast Farm Press

by Wade Parker, University of Georgia Extension

Lamar Black can be considered one of the “conservation tillage pioneers” in the Southeast.

Black manages Tilmanstone Farm located in Jenkins and Burke counties in east central Georgia. The farm is 415 acres and traditionally uses a cotton, corn and peanut rotation. This year, all acres will be in cotton or peanut, partly due to current farm bill policy, Black said.

In 1993, Black implemented conservation tillage but had been experimenting with it since the 1970s. A key point to his successful conservation tillage program is his intensive management of cover crops. His conservation program started with planting into winter weeds, wheat and then ultimately rye. Continue reading

Topics at this year’s National Conference of Urban Entomology

Mike Merchant of Insects in the City gives the rundown of discussion topics during the National Conference of Urban Entomology, held in Albuquerque, New Mexico last week. I have included only the bullet points on the topics. If you’d like to read his entire post, go to The Insects in the City blog. Continue reading

Palmer amaranth management cutting into Georgia cotton farmers’ profits

By Clint Thompson, University of Georgia

Georgia cotton farmers are successfully managing the state’s most problematic weed, glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth, by using many methods, including hand-pulling the weed out of their fields. But tackling the weed is drastically cutting into their already limited profits, according to University of Georgia weed scientist Stanley Culpepper.

“When you ask most of our growers if they’re doing OK in regard to managing Palmer amaranth, the answer is, ‘Absolutely not.’ But it’s because of the cost of management, not the methods of management,” said Culpepper, a researcher with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Continue reading

Emerald ash borer causing problems in North Carolina

On the WUNC web page

by Elizabeth Friend

North Carolina is one of the states hardest hit by invasive forest pests, according to a report from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.

Part of the problem is global trade is bringing new insects and diseases that are devastating native trees, said Gary Lovett, the study’s lead author. Continue reading