Silicon amendments may provide sustainable control for rice water weevil

A Masters student at Louisiana State University is seeking a more sustainable way to manage rice water weevil, by amending soils with silicon to strengthen the plant. He is also this year’s winner of the Friends of Southern IPM Graduate Student award in the Masters category.

Rice water weevil is a tiny insect that feeds on the rice plant’s leaves as an adult. After mating, females lay their eggs at the base of the plant. Larvae feed on the roots. The larval feeding on the roots potentially interferes with the nutrient uptake, thereby, weakening the plant. Root damage can cause yield losses through decreasing panicle densities, number of grains, and grain weight. Rice growers use insecticides to control rice water weevil. Continue reading

Research by Friends of IPM graduate student winner helps Tennessee ranchers with tick scouting

Cattle owners in western Tennessee need to be vigilant for four species of cattle tick, while cattle owners in eastern Tennessee need to watch for only two species. Why? That’s what research done by a Masters student at the University of Tennessee aims to address.

Masters student David Theuret, who won one of this year’s Friends of Southern IPM graduate student awards, focused on ticks infesting cattle during his graduate program. To assist cattle producers with scouting, Theuret first sampled ticks in Tennessee to determine which species were present and what times of year producers would need to watch for them. Continue reading

Friends of Southern IPM Deadline – and news

For those of you who have already submitted, or are in the process of submitting a Friends of Southern IPM Award nomination, thank you. For those of you who are considering submitting or planning to submit, please take note of the following.

When you are filling out the form for submission, please place an amount in the “Funding” blank that is larger than 0. We have learned that the system is giving submitters an error when they place a 0 in the Funding blank. The number 1 or greater should get you past that section.

The Call for Nominations will be open until NEXT Friday, December 16, at 5 PM Eastern Time. If you are located somewhere that has Central Time, you must submit your nomination by 4 PM Central. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit a nomination, as sometimes there are unforeseen issues with the system or the server. Continue reading

Open Call for Nominations for Friends of Southern IPM Awards has begun!

We are pleased to release the Calls for Nomination for our annual Friends of Southern IPM Award program. This program recognizes outstanding work in IPM in the southern region. We have two kinds of awards: one for IPM professionals and one for graduate students.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, December 16, 2016.

You’ll find the Calls for Nomination for these awards, along with cover forms, at http://projects.ipmcenters.org/Southern/public/ListRFAs.cfm . Click on the nomination call that you wish to use to get to the Call documents and the nomination form. You will be using our Proposal / Project Management System (PPMS) to submit your nominations this year, so please be sure to find the instructions for that in the Call for Nomination and follow the steps. Continue reading

Nominate a colleague or student for a Friends of Southern IPM Award

We are pleased to release the Calls for Nomination for our annual Friends of Southern IPM Award program. This program recognizes outstanding work in IPM in the southern region. We have two kinds of awards: one for IPM professionals and one for graduate students.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, December 12, 2014. Continue reading

New wheat disease notification tool offered to producers this season

Multiple wheat viral pathogens affect wheat grown in the Texas High Plains and cause devastating losses to wheat production, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Research experts.

This year, however, a system has been developed to give producers a “heads up” on advancing disease outbreaks and advice on management, according to Dr. Charlie Rush, AgriLife Research plant pathologist in Amarillo, and senior research associate Jacob Price.

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Biological control work lands NCSU assistant professor a regional award

Biological control of pests often depends on a variety of factors. Sometimes predators are successful at reducing pest populations; other times, pest populations outnumber them, or a species that has been introduced can’t thrive in its new environment. Steve Frank wanted to understand more about the ecology and dynamics behind biological control systems.

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