Webinar: Promoting Beneficial Insects in Vineyards for Conservation Biological Control

What will you learn?

Join this webinar to learn about ecological (natural) pest management in vineyards. Vineyards are a rapidly expanding specialty crop industry across the U.S., and they represent an easy entry point for the adoption of conservation biological control (natural or ecological pest management). In this webinar, learn about the needs of beneficial insects that provide conservation biological control and how conservation practices such as flowering cover crops, insectary strips, flowering field borders and more that can sustain natural pest management. Learn more… Continue reading

New Publication Features Hedgerow Plants to Attract Helpful Insects

The recent ATTRA publication, “A Pictorial Guide to Hedgerow Plants for Beneficial Insects,” is a meticulously photographed pictorial guide to numerous beneficial hedgerow plant species used in farmscaping for native pollinators and insect predators and parasites in California. It provides plant names,on-farm photo documentation, bloom times, heights, and descriptions that note considerations for selection and establishment.

You can download the publication for free at https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=582. Continue reading

UGA’s annual Organic Farm Twilight Tour slated for June 29

By Merritt Melancon

In its sixth year, UGA’s Organic Farm Twilight Tour is a chance to stroll around UGA’s 90-acre organic research and horticulture farm and learn about the latest in organic growing methods.

The tour will run from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Durham Horticulture Farm at 1221 Hog Mountain Road in Watkinsville, Georgia. Continue reading

USDA WEBINAR: Benefits of Habitat to Support Biocontrol

Join this webinar to learn about the benefits of creating on-site habitat to support conservation biological control. The webinar will emphasize the most current scientific research on enhancing native beneficial insects and why maintaining habitat is so critical to these insects. Learn how adding diversity into agricultural cropland can provide the basic requirements to support these insects and how other farm management practices may have an impact.

Date and Time: May 25, 2016, at 2:00 PM ET

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Discover How to Support Pollinators with Cover Crops

Cover crops can do a lot for your farm. To learn how they can support a thriving community of pollinators and beneficial insects—which in turn can improve crop quality and yield—check out Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education’s (SARE) new 16-page publication, Cover Cropping for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects. Continue reading

New pest management resources available

The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) has some new online resources, including information on beneficial insects and organic pest management.

New search mechanism for pesticide product information:

NPIC Pesticide Research Online (NPRO)

Webinar explaining NPRO (30+ minutes)

For help getting started with NPRO, call us at 1-800-858-7378. Continue reading

Dr. Jason Schmidt joins the University of Georgia in biological control

The University of Georgia has welcomed Dr. Jason Schmidt to join the Department of Entomology faculty. Dr. Schmidt will be focusing on biological control.

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Insects wreak havoc in Georgia and Florida

From Southeast Farm Press

The Dog Days of Summer often bring the Pest Days of Plenty to Southern farms, and this year is no different. As insect pressure intensifies across the region, take a look at what they’re dealing with in Florida’s Panhandle: a standing occupation of armyworms, and Georgia peanut farms infested with spider mites. And what is a Redneck Worm?

“So far it looks like pyrethroids are giving good control of fall and beet armyworms, as long as they are less than an inch long. Some of the larger seem to be able to escape control, however. Insect growth regulators such as Dimilin have also been showing good results as long as they are applied while the caterpillars are small,” says Josh Thompson, area University of Florida Extension agent located in Jackson County.

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Georgia’s top peanut insects revealed and the tricks they play

From Southeast Farm Press

The problem with peanut insects is that if you’re not paying attention, you might not see them, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Or, you might not see them in time to a stop a yield-threatening outbreak. Or, you might apply an insecticide when it really isn’t needed. It’s tricky.

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The right habitat and food source key for beneficial insects

From Southern SARE News

Entomologists with North Carolina State University have unlocked a few secrets in the life cycle of a tiny beneficial wasp that parasitizes stinkbug eggs. The findings increase the potential for biological control of stinkbugs, reducing the need for insecticides.

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