Scientists find time of day makes a difference with some herbicides

In Southeast Farm Press

What if a cotton producer needed to spray early in the morning or late in the afternoon or at night? Does the time of day a herbicide is applied make a difference in how well it works? A group of weed specialists studied this and what they found surprised them.

The group included scientists from the University of Georgia, Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University, North Carolina State University and the University of Tennessee. Continue reading

APHIS Announces Open Period Dates for Fiscal Year 2018 Farm Bill 10007

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today the dates of the fiscal year (FY) 2018 open period for submitting suggestions to implement Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Programs of the 2014 Farm Bill. The FY 2018 open period will last six weeks from July 10, 2017, through August 18, 2017. There will be $75 million available with at least $5 million going to the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN). The open period for submitting NCPN project suggestions will be announced separately. Continue reading

Bayer announces 58 “Feed A Bee” Projects

Bayer has  announced 58 projects that will receive funding to establish forage for pollinators across the nation. Nearly 100 projects were submitted in response to the request for proposals for the first round of funding, which were reviewed and evaluated by the inaugural Feed a Bee steering committee.

Through the Feed a Bed program, Bayer is working to establish native pollinator forage in all 50 states before the end of 2018, distributing a total of $500,000 to organizations across the country via a competitive request for proposal  process. The 58 projects funded in this first round represent organizations that span all sectors, including universities, nonprofits, nature conservancies and more, in more than 30 states and Washington, D.C. Awards range  from $1,000 to $5,000. Continue reading

Survey underway for Phragmites scale in Louisiana

In Delta Farm Press

by Bruce Schultz

A team of 16 scientists and students led by the LSU AgCenter conducted a survey on May 31 to collect samples of a small insect that’s a potential threat to the fragile marsh of lower Plaquemines Parish, La.

The tiny insect, the Phragmites scale, is attacking Roseau cane, a plant similar to bamboo with a dense network of roots that hold marsh soil together. Continue reading