Neonicotinoid-resistant thrips showing up in North Carolina

In Southeast Farm Press

North Carolina now has neonicotinoid-resistant thrips; not a good thing for cotton producers in the state, said Dominic Reisig, North Carolina State University Extension entomologist.

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NC State doctoral student wins Friends of Southern IPM Award for work on urban heat islands

A doctoral student at NC State University will receive a regional award in November for his work on urban tree integrated pest management.

NCSU Ph.D. student, Adam Dale, was one of several graduate students nominated to receive a Friends of Southern IPM Graduate Student award. The Southern IPM Center, which sponsors the award, gives one Masters award and one Ph.D. award based on the decision of an outside panel.

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North Carolina boll weevil assessment remains at $1 per acre

In Southeast Farm Press

The board of the Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation of North Carolina has set the 2015 boll weevil assessment at $1 per acre of cotton, keeping the fee the same as in 2014.

The fee supports the foundation’s efforts to monitor cotton acreage in North Carolina for any re-introduction of the boll weevil and to respond promptly with eradication treatments if necessary.

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Southern corn rust infestations higher in North Carolina this year

From Southeast Farm Press

A combination of wet weather in early July and cooler than normal temperatures in the middle of the month has worked to increase the level of Southern corn rust in North Carolina.

The disease was reported in mid-July in in at least 10 North Carolina counties – Beaufort, Craven, Greene, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Pamlico, Tyrrell, Wayne and Wilson.

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North Carolina farmers should consider treatment options for plant bugs

In Southeast Farm Press

Cotton squaring and flowering is a few weeks away, and now is a good time for North Carolina farmers to think about treatment options for plant bugs, according to North Carolina State University Extension entomologist Dr.  Dominic Reisig.

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Plant bug levels picking up for some North Carolina cotton growers

From Southeast Farm Press

by Jack Bacheler, NCSU Extension Entomologist

Cotton aphids and spider mites behaving

So far, cotton aphids and spider mites have not tipped their hands, as we have not received reports of economic levels of either pest yet through today (June 28).

A number of folks have reported spider mites, for now at low levels, in many cotton fields.

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Organic wheat producers may soon have more options to control weeds

From Southern SARE

North Carolina organic wheat producers who face challenges in controlling stubborn weeds, specifically Italian ryegrass, may soon be able to choose from varieties that suppress those weed populations.

North Carolina State University graduate student Margaret Worthington is studying 60 soft red winter wheat cultivars from public and private breeding programs for morphological characteristics and allelopathic traits that would help the wheat plants out-compete Italian ryegrass. The research, “Breeding Wheat for Increased Weed-Suppressive Ability Against Italian Ryegrass (GS12-115),” is being funded by a two-year, $10,952 Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) Graduate Student Grant.

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