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Southern Pine Beetle Resource

Side view southern pine beetle

Newly revised from the UF/IFAS Extension, comes an updated resource on the Southern Pine Beetle, or Dendroctonus frontalis.  This contribution, last updated in January 2019, includes useful information about the insect pest including:

  • Description
  • Biology
  • Hosts
  • Outbreaks
  • Monitoring
  • Prevention

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To see the electronic version of this resource visit the UF/IFAS Extension’s Electronic Data Information System (EDIS) or download the PDF here.

 

New Drone Technology has Potential to Save Citrus Trees and Money

 

A new study from the University of Florida found that using drone technology can “save growers time, money, and labor costs.”  Instead of manually counting the number of trees in groves, these drones give farmers the ability to more accurately represent numbers of citrus trees, while also gaining the ability to monitor trees’ health, traits, and location.

Drone demonstration at the NC State Fair. Photo by Marc Hall

 

 

Find the full article here.

Southeastern Crop Handbook 2019 Released

Hot off the press from American Vegetable Grower and in its twentieth iteration, the latest version of the Crop Handbook is now available for download.  This comes as a result of collaboration between researchers and specialists from 12 land-grant institutions across the United States.

To download a copy of the PDF, click here.

 

Current EPA Review of Captan

Captan, a common fungicide used in strawberry, apple, peach and the caneberry industries is currently under EPA review. For those of you who use Captan for fruit/commodity production, please respond to the EPA’s call for comments by March 15, 2019.

Comments can be made at https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2013-0296

Written by Ryan Adams: https://ipm.ces.ncsu.edu/2019/02/current-epa-review-of-captan/

WEBINAR: Accelerating the Landscape Transformation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense® program and the Alliance for Water Efficiency invite you to join a free webinar, Accelerating the Landscape Transformation [watersense.c.goolara.net], on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. EasternRegistration through browsers such as Chrome or Firefox is recommended.

Mary Ann Dickinson, president and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, and project team members Dr. Thomas Chesnutt (A&N Technical Services, Inc.) and Maureen Erbeznik (Maureen Erbeznik & Associates), will give a presentation on the Alliance’s forthcoming Landscape Transformation study. The study is the first research product of AWE’s Outdoor Water Savings Research Initiative and is the most expansive and diverse assessment of utility outdoor programs to date. The team will share findings from an impact analysis of utility program data from municipalities in the United States and Canada, as well as a process evaluation consisting of customer surveys, interviews, and market analysis

Following the webinar, upon request, WaterSense can provide proof of attendance for attendees who joined the webinar for at least 30 minutes. This webinar is open to the public, so please feel free to share this invitation with other networks or interested parties. You can also watch other WaterSense/Alliance for Water Efficiency on-demand webinars [watersense.c.goolara.net] covering topics such as:

  • Reducing Outdoor Water Use With Microirrigation
  • Outdoor Water Use and Green Infrastructure
  • Using Mobile Technology to Communicate With Water Customers

If you have any questions about these webinars, please contact the WaterSense Helpline at (866) WTR-SENS (987-7367) or watersense@epa.gov.

Water for Agriculture Webinar – Feb. 19th

The multi-disciplinary Water for Agriculture project is hosting a webinar on February 19th at 1:00 p.m. ET on the Voluntary Stewardship Program. The webinar will offer an on-the-ground example of diverse interests engaging in a collaborative process to address issues around preserving agriculture while protecting natural resources like water and fish. For more information, see the attachment or visit: http://water4ag.psu.edu/events/.

This webinar is the first in the Water for Ag Engagement Webinar series, intended to encourage sharing of scholarship and practitioners’ experience with community-based stakeholder engagement in natural resources. The Water for Agriculture project brings together researchers, technical experts, Extension professionals, and communities to foster community-led solutions to the water and agriculture issues most important to them.
-Submitted by K. Devlin, NE Regional Center for Rural Development, PSU

iPiPE Newsletter

– Submitted by Kathryn Kimble Day, NIFA

iPiPE is a set of online tools, information products and expert commentary for the detection and management of pests that threaten US crops. By enabling sharing about pest observations and other data, iPiPE builds local and regional capacity to manage crop pests, reducing unnecessary pesticide applications, enhancing farm profitability and contributing to national food security.

A free monthly newsletter is now available to connect people involved in pest management with tools to help them. The newsletter shares updates from iPiPE participants including Extension staff around the country and their student interns, and is for those already involved with iPiPE as well as newcomers. Updates highlight how Extension programs are using the iPiPE infrastructure to communicate actionable pest management information to growers in their region. The January newsletter highlights the Mid Atlantic tree fruit crop-pest program and how they are using iPiPE to improve monitoring of new and invasive pests like spotted lanternfly and brown marmorated stinkbug and communicate time-sensitive information to growers to precisely time insecticide applications.

Sign up for the mailing list by filling out the subscription form here: http://eepurl.com/dz2XCr

Ariel Larson

Project Manager, Sustainable Food Group

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