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

In pastures, weed identification is crucial

In Southwest Farm Press

by Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife

Range and pasture weed control is an annual battle, and it intensifies as spring transitions to summer.

Cool-season weeds have fully matured, and warm-season weeds are emerging amid wet spring conditions and creating problems for some forage producers, said Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton. Continue reading

New invasive aphid identified in South Carolina

by Scott Miller, Clemson University

A rare, invasive aphid has been found attacking wheat crops in Hampton County.

This is the first documented case of the Sipha maydis aphid in South Carolina, said Francis Reay-Jones, an entomologist at the Clemson University Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence. Continue reading

Mexican fruit fly quarantine areas in Cameron and Willacy counties in Texas

APHIS has established two quarantine areas in Texas for the Mexican fruit fly. The first, effective April 22, affects the Rio Hondo area of Cameron and Willacy counties in Texas, and the second, effective April 25, affects the Encantada area of Cameron County. APHIS is applying safeguarding measures and restrictions on the interstate movement or entry into foreign trade of regulated articles from these areas. Continue reading