Video: Challenges in School IPM

Growers and consultants on the farm typically use integrated pest management to save money and prevent unneeded pesticide applications. In schools, however, IPM is seen as “extra” expenses and work. As Auburn University Extension Specialist Lawrence C. “Fudd” Graham explains, school IPM is an ongoing challenge in every state, including in those that have active laws.

School IPM videoIn this video of his presentation to the Southern IPM Center Advisory Council, Dr. Graham explains how pest management in a school differs from pest management on a farm. In schools, he says, IPM is successful only if staff, administration, teachers and students contribute. And when schools are well-maintained and clean, pest complaints decrease and food safety ratings increase. Continue reading

Varroa Mite IPM Videos Available

The Honey Bee Health Coalition released a series of videos today to help beekeepers promote colony health and combat costly and destructive Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) infestations. The videos can be found on the Coalition website at honeybeehealthcoalition.org/Varroa and provide detailed step-by-step instructions on how to monitor hives for Varroa and safely treat when levels get too high. The videos complement the Coalition’s wildly popular Tools for Varroa Management Guide.

“The Honey Bee Health Coalition’s Tools for Varroa Management Guide has provided beekeepers in the US and Canada with invaluable tools and techniques to confront destructive Varroa mite infestations,” said Mark Dykes, Apiary Inspectors of America. “These videos will show beekeeper real world application techniques that will help them correctly apply treatments.”

Click here to watch the videos. Continue reading

Dry rot and leaf-footed bugs causing problems for Louisiana citrus

by Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter

Citrus harvest is in full swing in Louisiana, and people are enjoying the sweetness of satsumas, but some have complained about internal dry rot of fruit this year.

Mature fruit looks otherwise healthy from the outside, but internal dry rot can be seen after peeling the fruit, said LSU AgCenter “Plant Doctor” Raj Singh. Continue reading

Leaf spot disease a major problem for Georgia peanut growers

by Kyle Dawson, University of Georgia

Georgia peanut growers are experiencing problematic leaf spot diseases this year due to susceptible varieties and weakening fungicide treatments, according to Albert Culbreath and Tim Brenneman, plant pathologists at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus.

Brenneman said this year’s dry conditions should have set up an environment that’s less favorable for leaf spot. Continue reading

Michigan State seeks Assistant Professor – Biological Control

The Department of Entomology at Michigan State University seeks candidates for a tenure system position (nine months) in Biological Control at the Assistant Professor rank. We seek individuals with expertise in biological control of arthropod pests and/or weeds and supporting knowledge of insect pathology, predator-prey interactions, multi-trophic interactions, or integrated pest management. The successful candidate can apply genomic, molecular, quantitative or other methods to solving problems in biological control, at population, community, or landscape scales. The appointee will be expected to build a nationally prominent research program, as well as contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching, extension and service. Continue reading