Combination of tactics important to control nematodes

In Southeast Farm Press

Both Clemson University and North Carolina State University are issuing warning bells for nematodes in the Carolinas.

The nematode issue was front in center at both Clemson’s corn and soybean production meeting in Dillon, S.C., Feb. 8 and at N.C. State’s Road Show production meeting the following day in Plymouth, N.C. A concern in both states is the Southern root knot nematode and the soybean cyst nematode. Continue reading

NIFA Announces $1.85 million for Potato Breeding Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $1.85 million in funding for regional potato breeding research to support the development of superior-performing varieties that can be brought to market as soon as possible. The United States is one of the top potato producers worldwide, and industry sales estimates topped $3.6 billion in 2015.

“Potatoes constitute a significant proportion of our diets, and there’s urgent need to continue to develop varieties with value-added traits, including a nutrient profile that promotes growth and development in children,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, director of NIFA. Continue reading

IR-4 Southern Region priority setting conference call June 8 at 10 AM

Below is a link to the list of “potential nominated projects” from the IR-4 national database. The list is organized according to crop group, so although it is a seemingly large document (147 pages) you should be able to quickly thumb through to the commodities that you are most interested in. Within each crop group/sub group, the requests are clustered according to the class of pesticide so for example, all herbicides for lettuce will appear together, as will all insecticides and fungicides. Please spend some time going through the list ahead of our initial priority setting call on Wednesday June 8th at 10am. The list was printed 5/17/16, please note that the status of some projects are currently being evaluated and may change depending on the outcome of IR-4’s registration visits to the various manufactures. Any project clearance request “PCR” submitted post 5/17/16 will be considered at our final priority setting call in August, date TBD. Continue reading

USDA Announces $5.2 Million For Nanotechnology Research

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced an investment of more than $5.2 million to support nanotechnology research at 11 universities. The universities will research ways nanotechnology can be used to improve food safety, enhance renewable fuels, increase crop yields, manage agricultural pests, and more. The awards were made through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), the nation’s premier competitive, peer-reviewed grants program for fundamental and applied agricultural sciences. Continue reading

IPM research results available in two new publications

Researchers from Virginia Tech and the University of Tennessee have new publications on insect and disease control based on 2014 research trials.

Virginia: Results of field trials conducted in 2014 to evaluate disease control strategies in field crops are summarized in a new publication. Disease resistance and chemical control of foliar diseases, soilborne diseases, and nematodes were evaluated in wheat, corn, soybean, peanut, and cotton.

FIELD CROP DISEASE CONTROL 2014

University of Tennessee: The 2015 version of PB1768, Insect Control Recommendations for Field Crops, is now available online at UTcrops.com.  Hard copies will soon be available and distributed at UT county and crop production workshops. See more at http://bit.ly/1GHBtHW