APHIS Story Map: Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

Check out the new APHIS story map about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) – An interactive story map of the USDA’s history of combating the infestation and the continuing efforts to protect ash trees in the U.S. If your organization would like to partner with APHIS on EAB biological control efforts, please email EAB.Biocontrol.Program@aphis.usda.gov.

Epidemic in Turf Management: Herbicide Resistance in Annual Bluegrass

by Patricia McDaniels, University of Tennessee
Annual bluegrass is one of the most common weeds of turfgrass on golf courses, sports fields and sod farms, not to mention residential and commercial lawns. Unfortunately this nemesis of pristine landscapes has also developed resistance to many common herbicides. Researchers with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture are participating in a national effort to address what many landscape managers call an epidemic of herbicide resistance in annual bluegrass plaguing managed turf systems.
As part of a $3.2 million, 15-state USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative grant, UTIA turfgrass researcher Jim Brosnan will lead a team of Tennessee weed scientists in sampling annual bluegrass populations across the state. The team will travel the state’s three grand divisions to take samples from golf courses, sports fields, both residential and commercial lawns, as well as sod production farms. The sampled specimens will then be propagated in a controlled laboratory setting and tested for resistance to commonly used herbicides. The goal is to quantify the scope of herbicide resistance in annual bluegrass populations across Tennessee. Additionally, Brosnan’s team will also be developing new diagnostic assays to detect herbicide resistance in annual bluegrass, researching annual bluegrass seed persistence in soil, as well as the effects of turfgrass cultural practices on annual bluegrass infestation.

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Webinar Recording is Online: Developing a Pest Exclusion Program for Cockroaches and Rodents

You can view the recorded webinar Developing a Pest Exclusion Program for Cockroaches and Rodents with Dr. Matt Frye here: http://stoppests.org/go/exclusion

Housing staff can now view this on-line training to learn about a vital part of any IPM program: exclusion. Keeping pests out of buildings is a priority in effectively addressing any pest infestation, but rodents and cockroaches in particular. To date there are no training guides on how to implement exclusion for pest management, which may prevent pest control companies from creating exclusion protocols. However, housing staff, especially maintenance and facilities staff and pest management professionals are uniquely qualified to identify entry points and harborage for cockroaches and rodents. This webinar emphasizes the steps in developing an exclusion program from the basics of identifying entry points to recommendations for sealing openings of different sizes and for different pests. Continue reading

APHIS Adds Pale Cyst Nematode (Globodera pallida) Infested Field in Idaho

Effective October 10, 2018, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) added an 87-acre field to the pale cyst nematode (PCN) infested area in Bingham County, Idaho. APHIS took this action based on the confirmations of PCN cysts in soil samples from a potato production field in Bingham County received on September 25, 2018. This action brings the number of PCN-infested fields to 28 and the infested area to 3,130 acres.

Due to sharing of unwashed farm equipment and close proximity to this infested field, APHIS also placed an additional 93-acre field in Bingham County under regulation. In addition, APHIS made a geographic information system-based adjustment to the boundary of an associated field to improve accuracy of the regulated area map, which resulted in removing two acres under regulation in Bingham County. This brings the total regulated area in Idaho to 8,311 acres.  Continue reading

USDA Announces Update to National Road Map for Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today the first update since 2013 of the National Road Map for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) (PDF, 340 KB).

The update culminates a yearlong review by the Federal Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coordinating Committee (FIPMCC), a joint effort that is coordinated by the Office of Pest Management Policy in the Office of USDA’s Chief Economist with representatives of all federal agencies with responsibilities in IPM research, implementation, or education programs. These agencies include Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Interior (DOI), and Department of Defense (DoD).

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