Alabama IPM specialists find that Hubbard squash is a great trap crop

 Ayanava Majumdar, Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Squash producers are bugged by three major insect pests. Cucumber beetles are early season pests that can severely damage transplants and delay plant maturity. Squash bugs are often the next wave of mid-season insects that lay a number of eggs on the leaves, stems, flowers, and fruits. Squash bug nymphs and adults can form large aggregates on fruits and cause direct plant damage. Both cucumber beetles and squash bugs transmit diseases. The last major insect pest of squash is the vine borer that can infest gardens as well as commercial plantings. Heat or water stress can hasten the devastation caused by vine borer larvae that live inside the stem. In all cases, most common organic insecticides appear to provide low to poor control of the pests. So, we have to think out of the box for managing insects like the squash bugs and here is an alternate IPM strategy. Continue reading

Pesticide Safety Education Funds Management Program

The Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to manage a Pesticide Safety Education Funds Management Program (PSEFMP). Specifically, EPA is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to establish and administer a national subaward program in support of pesticide applicator education and training for certified applicators of restricted use pesticides. A subaward program includes, but is not limited to, the administration and distribution of funds, monitoring subrecipients and measuring and reporting on results. Continue reading

Texas AgriLife Extension will hold workshop on wildlife management Oct. 26

by Steve Byrnes

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the Multi-County Wildlife Management and Conservation Workshop Oct. 26 at the Borden County Event Center located on the east side of Gail on U.S. Highway 180.

The program, which involves the AgriLife Extension offices in Borden, Scurry, Mitchell, Dawson, Garza and Lynn counties, will start at 8:15 a.m. with registration. The program will last from 8:45 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Continue reading

Mark your calendars for the 9th IPM Symposium in 2018

The Ninth International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium will be held in Baltimore, Maryland USA from March 19-22, 2018 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.

The International IPM Symposium is your premier global event for professional development, networking with colleagues and leading scientists, and learning the latest research and strategies for effectively managing pests in agriculture communities, and natural areas. In 2018, we will organize around an important theme, IPM: Improving Health, Environment and Global Sustainability. Continue reading

Georgia vegetable growers battling whiteflies this fall

by Kyle Dawson, University of Georgia

Whitefly populations in south Georgia have exploded over the past several weeks, troubling vegetable producers during the fall growing season, according to University of Georgia horticulturist Tim Coolong.

Coolong said growers must be up to date on spray programs, though combating whitefly populations of this magnitude will still be difficult. In some cases it might be impossible to to stop whiteflies before they spread viruses. Continue reading

Rio Grande Valley citrus growers vote whether to pool resources for pest management

by Rod Santa Ana, Texas AgriLife Extension

Rio Grande Valley citrus growers will vote this month on whether to pool their resources to battle invasive pests and diseases.

Brad Cowan, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent in Hidalgo County, said growers will vote on setting up a management zone, approving a maximum assessment rate and electing growers to a board that will represent the management zone. Continue reading

Integrated pest management program set for Nov. 9 in Nacogdoches

by Adam Russell, Texas AgriLife

A Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education course for integrated pest management professionals offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be held in Nacogdoches on Nov. 9.

Registration begins inside the Nacogdoches Expo Center, 3805 NW Stallings Drive, at 8 a.m. The course begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:40 p.m. Continue reading