APHIS Removes Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in the San Ygnacio of Zapata County, Texas

Effective August 18, 2017, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) removed the Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens or Mexfly) quarantine area in San Ygnacio, Zapata County, Texas.  Continue reading

Floating fire ant nests are common in floodwaters

In the Houstonia

by Katharine Shilcutt

THERE ARE PLENTY OF REASONS not to wade through flood waters unless absolutely necessary for a life-threatening emergency situation. Those reasons include:

  • Not being able to see dangerous debris under the water
  • Getting sacked by a floating manhole cover
  • Not realizing how strong the current is
  • Encountering rogue wildlife like alligators and snakes
  • Realizing you’re also wading in raw sewage
  • Floating fire ant mounds

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Ranch Management University set for Oct. 9-13 on Texas A&M campus

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

From soil management to cattle, forage and wildlife, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Ranch Management University Oct. 9-13 in College Station will offer a little something for everyone, according to coordinators.

The workshop will meet at the G. Rollie White Visitor Center, 7707 Raymond Stotzer Parkway on the Texas A&M University campus, said Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences associate department head and AgriLife Extension program leader, College Station. Continue reading

Invasive plant species control in rangeland topic of Sept. 7 webinar

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

Understanding and Controlling Invasive Species will be the title of the Sept. 7 natural resources webinar conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecosystem science and management unit.

The webinar is a part of the Texas Range Webinar Series scheduled the first Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m., said Pete Flores, AgriLife Extension webinar coordinator in Corpus Christi. Continue reading

Pesticide Electronic Application Submission Portal Updated with New Features

The Environmental Protection Agency is continuing to update the Pesticide Submission Portal, the Web-based system for electronic submission of pesticide registration applications to EPA, with new features and functionality. This action is another step in a phased approach that will ultimately lead to EPA’s ability to accept all pesticide applications electronically, a move that will help modernize the pesticide registration process, increase operational efficiencies and reduce paper waste.

The current round of updates will be broken into three separate releases, with each release focusing on a new set of features and enhancements for the portal. The first release, PSP version 1.4 (currently available), focuses on new features such as submitting voluntary data and resubmitting 90-Day Responses, along with numerous bug fixes and user experience enhancements. The other phases of this round of updates will be released this fall. Continue reading

Free SARE Books, Bulletins Available to Nonprofit Educators

Looking for educational materials to supplement your next farm tour, workshop or conference program? SARE books, bulletins and promotional materials are available at no cost to nonprofit organizations hosting sustainable agriculture educational programs for 10 or more farmers, ranchers or agricultural educators. A limit of 25 free books per organization per year applies.

Materials available in print may be requested for domestic, nonprofit use only and may not be resold. Please allow six weeks for your request to be reviewed and materials to be delivered. Limited quantities are available, and SARE reserves the right to limit orders, reject a request or modify these terms at any time.  Continue reading

Interseeding, Precision Planting and Management of Cover Crops in a Corn and Soybean Rotation

What will you learn?

At the conclusion of this webinar participants will be able to develop a prescription for interseeding cover crops, understand the potential benefits of the practice, and describe situations where it will have the most potential for success. Learn more…

Presenter(s):

  • Greg Roth, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Plant Science, Penn State University, University Park, PA

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