Armyworms are chomping through Mississippi crops

In Delta Farm Press

Armywormageddon: That’s the term Angus Catchot has coined this year for what he says is “by far been the biggest armyworm invasion we’ve ever seen in the Mid-South.”

And the worm influx isn’t crop specific, he said at the joint annual meeting of the Mississippi Boll Weevil Management Corporation and the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Cotton Policy Committee.

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Don’t Bug Me webinars return this fall

The Don’t Bug Me webinar series returns this fall.  Dr. Kathy Flanders, an entomologist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says fall is an important time of year to deal with fire ants and other insect pests.

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A New Tool for Studying Insect-Plant Warfare

By Dennis O’Brien, USDA Agricultural Research Service

When an insect pierces the surface of a plant to feed, much of the action takes place in the plant’s interior. A device called the Electrical Penetration Graph (EPG) is a critical tool for peering into the process.

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Hurricanes and Pest Management

Many of us along the East Coast are gearing up for the effects of Hurricane Irene this weekend. Although hurricanes typically bring worries of falling trees, property damage, high water and loss of power, most people don’t think of some of the longer-term consequences of hurricanes: pest problems. Hurricane winds and flooding can carry in new insects and seeds, ushering in new season-long battles and making growing season the next year a challenge.

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Pest management among top concerns for cotton growers

According to a Cotton Incorporated internet grower survey conducted from April 1 through June 3, 2011, pest management is high on the list of concerns for Southern growers.

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