University of Arkansas sponsors feral hog workshop May 9

The following is excerpted from a story in Delta Farm Press.

Arkansas farmers are resorting to combat analogies when describing damage done by rooting and wallowing feral hogs. “We’ve had feral hogs in Arkansas for more than a 100 years,” said Becky McPeake, professor and Extension wildlife specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “Feral hogs generally kept to the southern bottomlands, but today, feral hogs are found in every county of the state.”

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Managing plant bugs requires a combination of IPM tools

In Delta Farm Press

Plant bugs have become “a nightmare to control” in much of the Delta, says Jeff Gore, and to contend with the problem growers need to rotate chemistries, shorten application intervals, plant as early as conditions allow, and consider planting hairy leaf cotton varieties.

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Communication between beekeepers and producers helps both sides

In Delta Farm Press

Hear some buzzing in your walls? See a few too many bees crawling around your eaves? The Bartlett Bee Whisperer is only a call away.

“My main business is running a honeybee rescue service,” says David Glover, the Memphis-based beekeeper. “That’s removing honey bees that have moved into people’s homes. I’ll come in and remove the bees, the wax, and the honeycomb. I typically box them up and move them to farms. Other times, I’ll find beekeepers in the Memphis area –we have good folks that have anywhere from two to 2,000 hives — that need replacements for bees they’ve lost throughout the year.”

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Grain sorghum growers must watch for sugarcane aphid

In Delta Farm Press

It sounds like the plot of a cheesy 1950s sci-fi movie: Creatures that don’t need males to procreate. Females birth hundreds of live babies every 5 to 7 days, all of which are exact DNA clones.

Some of those can then mutate, or select for resistance to chemical weapons that control them, and their progeny will be resistant duplicates.

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Sugarcane aphid threatens Mississippi grain sorghum

This video is on Delta Farm Press.

The sugarcane aphid is a very destructive pest with an exponential growth rate, and can be devastating to grain sorghum, says Angus Catchot, Mississippi State University Extension professor of entomology and plant pathology, who discussed the pest at the annual meeting of the Mississippi Agricultural Consultants Association.

March 9 workshop will address barnyardgrass in Mid-South crops

In Delta Farm Press

A few years back, with herbicide-resistant pigweeds rampaging through Mid-South row crops, Arkansas weed scientists put together the “Pigposium.” The overwhelming positive response to the pigweed-centric workshop proved the concept.

Now it is time to address the next weed that threatens Mid-South crops: barnyardgrass. Barnyardgrass management in all Mid-South crops will be the focus of a workshop to be held at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart, Arkansas, on March 9.

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Wild pigs cause more damage than torn fields

David Bennett from Delta Farm Press talks to John “Jack” Mayer, manager of environmental sciences at Savannah River National Laboratory in South Carolina, about the ever-evolving problem of wild pigs. Because wild pig hunting causes such an adrenaline rush, he says, hunters have moved pigs across state lines in an effort to make hunting locations more convenient, an effort that has actually compounded the population problem and caused more of a wild pig population explosion than would have occurred on its own.

As a result, wild pigs have caused economic devastation to agriculture, from tainting California spinach with E. coli to causing thousands of dollars of damage to a National Guard jet. Because wild pigs carry disease, they have the potential to infect humans and cattle with brucellosis and pseudorabies, causing billions of dollars of damage to the beef industry, followed by a huge jump in beef prices.

Read the interview in Delta Farm Press