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New pest having major impact on bermudagrass hay in Georgia, Florida

From Southeast Farm Press

A new invasive pest is having a major impact on bermudagrass hay production in south Georgia.

The bermudagrass stem maggot, native to Southeast Asia, has only been spotted in the U.S. for a couple of years, according to University of Georgia Forage Extension Specialist Dennis Hancock. In that short span, however, the pest has left an indelible mark on forage production.

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Fire ant quarantines still in effect during hay emergency

From Delta Farm Press:

Red imported fire ant quarantines must still be heeded as out-of-state suppliers try to help out Arkansas livestock owners short on hay.

“Many producers from across the southeastern U.S. are offering hay for sale to help their colleagues in Arkansas,” said John Jennings, professor-forage, for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. “However, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and most of Texas are in fire ant quarantined areas, which means hay suppliers have to use care to comply with USDA quarantines.”

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