Northeastern IPM Center offers “IPM toolbox” series

Got an IPM question? Need to know the latest IPM information? The Northeastern IPM Center has got the answers with their new spring webinar series, “The IPM Toolbox.” Experts will join IPM Center staff online for an hour of dialogue about an effective IPM practice, method, or effort.

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New app available for sprayer calibration

The University of Illinois Extension has released a new smartphone app called Sprayer Calibration Calculator. The app will assist applicators with calculations used when setting up and calibrating a sprayer. The calculator is available free for both Apple iOS and Android smartphone platforms.

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In time for summer, four new NC State apps tackle the great outdoors

From pest management to landscape care, four new apps recently unveiled by scientists in the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences provide critical information on timely outdoor topics.

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Presentations available for kudzu bug, frogeye leaf spot, brown marmorated stink bug

This month, Plant Management Network features a few presentations on pest management, produced by university extension specialists.

Kudzu bug is both a relatively new and fast-growing issue for soybean growers. This presentation by Dr. Jeremy Greene, Professor of Entomology at Clemson University, will help users identify, scout for, and manage the kudzu bug in soybeans. The history of the kudzu bug’s distribution in the USA, identification of the life stages of the species, data demonstrating potential yield losses due to the insect, expected control with insecticides, and tentative treatment threshold recommendations are specifically covered. 
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Frogeye Leaf Spot is an important foliar disease, causing substantial yield loss in hot, humid weather conditions. This presentation by Dr. Kiersten Wise, Assistant Professor and Extension Field Crops Pathologist at Purdue University, offers users an understanding of the disease, as well as how to deal with it. This presentation covers the conditions that favor infection and disease development; management options and current recommendations; and the biology of the fungus that causes Frogeye Leaf Spot. 
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Dr. Tom Kuhar, Associate Professor of Entomology at Virginia Tech, helps tomato growers, consultants, and others better understand and manage the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB). The presentation includes a biological and ecological background of the BMSB, illustrations of the BMSB and the damage they cause, population data for tomato crops, insecticide efficacy data for managing the BMSB, and best management practices. View presentation