Apple Orchard IPM Manager job opening

The following job opening is for an IPM specialist for a grower in central Virginia. Please click on this link to find out more or to apply.

The local farming operation is a family owned and operated grower/packer/shipper of fresh apples, peaches and nectarines. The family has operated the farms for over 100 years and it’s not uncommon to see three generations working together during the summer months!

They are currently searching for a full-time person to manage and administer their spray program. They are not just looking for another employee, they need someone with a strong work ethic and the skills to match. They like to work hard, get along and treat everyone with respect and authenticity. Ideally they are looking for someone who makes this their last career move and grows long-term with the operation.

In this role, you will work closely with a Partner and Owner as you make daily decisions involving which chemicals are most appropriate for each crop, while implementing IPM and economic factors in the decision making process. The farm uses environmentally friendly integrated pest management practices with timed interventions to minimize the amount of spraying needed for quality fruit in the Virginia humid climate. Candidates should have extensive knowledge and experience in pest control involved in the growing of high quality apples and peaches.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Scouts orchards and monitor crops for insect pests and plant diseases.
  • Monitor weather and degree days relating to insect’s pests and plant diseases.
  • Be onsite to administer the spray program and answer questions from applicators.
  • Work with staff and senior management to accomplish all tasks.
  • Insure compliance with all applicable government agencies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • 1-3 years’ experience operating or managing a spray program on apples or peaches with a history of success.
  • Ability to be dynamic in a fast-paced environment.
  • Self-starter, independent personality, ability to multi-task and manage both short and long-term goals.
  • Exceptional computer skills, specifically Microsoft Excel
  • Great organization with excellent planning and scheduling abilities.
  • Bilingual in Spanish is a plus!

New Guidance Available for Review of Developmental Neurotoxicity Studies

EPA and Health Canada have developed new guidance for interpreting developmental neurotoxicity (DNT) data in support of a pesticide registration. This guidance will help scientists in the EPA and Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) evaluate these studies more consistently.

The Developmental Neurotoxicity study assesses behavioral and neurobiological parameters to ascertain the effects of chemicals on the developing animal. The basic purpose of DNT guideline testing is to screen for the potential of chemicals to cause adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes. Continue reading

Regional Integrated Pest Management Centers Award $1.2 Million in Grants

To help solve critical pest issues in U.S. agriculture and communities, the Regional Integrated Pest Management Centers recently awarded $1.2 million in grants to researchers and extension specialists around the country.

The grants will support planning, developing and promoting safe and sustainable pest management, a science known as integrated pest management, which is used in agriculture, forests and other natural areas, communities and schools. Continue reading

AgriLife Research cotton pathologist pursues a mystery

by Steve Byrnes, Texas A&M AgriLife

Dr. Terry Wheeler and her colleagues are embroiled in a mystery.

Wheeler, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant pathologist at Lubbock, and her cohorts Dr. Jason Woodward, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service plant pathologist at Lubbock, and Dr. Tom Isakeit, AgriLife Extension plant pathologist, College Station, have been getting calls from cotton growers across the Southern Rolling Plains and High Plains about a problem thought to have been resolved 40 years ago. Continue reading

Crape myrtle bark scale study reveals tree treatments to fight pest

by Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife

The second year of survey data tracking crape myrtle bark scale has provided researchers information they believe will help mitigate the pest’s effect on trees, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

Erfan Vafaie, a AgriLife Extension entomologist and integrated pest management program specialist in Overton, and other collaborators in College Station, Huntsville and Dallas, have monitored pest numbers the past two years to help determine crape myrtle bark scale’s seasonal life cycle and peak crawler activity. The data collected has helped researchers develop strategies against them. Continue reading

Citrus greening continues to thwart citrus production in Florida

in Southeast Farm Press

Florida citrus growers continue to lose ground in their decade-long fight against citrus greening disease, falling to a record low production this season.

The USDA forecast March 9 Florida citrus growers will produce 67 million boxes of oranges for the 2016-2017 season, down more than 17 percent from the 81.5 million boxes harvested last season. This forecast represents a decline in Florida citrus production of more than 70 percent since peak production of 244 million boxes during the 1997-98 season. Continue reading