Assistant professor position open at NC State University focusing on wood-destroying insects

The Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. This faculty position is located on the main campus in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has a 70% research and 30% academic appointment. The position carries responsibilities for research relating to the biology and management of major wood-destroying arthropod pests of structures, mainly termites, but also including wood-infesting ants or beetles. Continue reading

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Assistant Professor – Precision Pest Ecology

The Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University invites applications for a 12-month tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. This faculty position is located on the main campus in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has a 60% research and 40% extension appointment. The position carries responsibilities for research and extension relating to arthropod management in row crops (including cotton, corn, peanuts, soybeans, small grains, sorghum and sweet potatoes) and requires a firm understanding of arthropod ecology, current pest management practices, and their interactions across multiple spatiotemporal scales in NC agroecosystems. Continue reading

Marty Draper is appointed as head of KSU plant pathology department

Former USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture program leader Marty Draper is now the head of the plant pathology department at Kansas State University.

“I am excited to be getting back to the university setting, being able to work with producers, and trying to help the department become better than it already is,” Draper said in an interview with Grainnet. Continue reading

Know your FRAC codes

Don’t know what a FRAC code is? It’s important when dealing with fungicide resistance. In this blog post at UT Crops, authors Alice Cochran (Graduate Research Asst.) and Heather Kelly (Extension Plant Pathologist) discuss what FRAC codes are and why it’s important when you’re rotating fungicides. FRAC stands for the Fungicide Resistance Action Committee, and although the authors focus on Tennessee, the recommendations apply to anyone in any state in the U.S. Continue reading

Corn growers can take steps to avoid mycotoxins

From Southeast Farm Press

The issue of mycotoxins in corn isn’t one of the most pleasant conversational topics for corn farmers, but North Carolina Extension Corn Specialist Ron Heiniger stresses that mycotoxins are a major concern in North Carolina that needs to be addressed.

“There are no good mycotoxins. We want it gone, stomped out, eliminated. It’s just like a weed in a field. There is no good weed, and the same is true about mycotoxins,” Heiniger said at a corn aflatoxin control field day held Aug. 14 at the Upper Coastal Plain Research Station’s Fountain Farm in Rocky Mount.

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Southern corn rust found in eastern North Carolina

From Southeast Farm Press

Southern Corn Rust has been found in Lenoir and Wayne counties in eastern North Carolina and farmers need to scout their fields and be prepared to make a fungicide application, according to researchers at North Carolina State University.

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Some Kentucky wheat growers finding disease at harvest

Mother Nature threw some curve balls to the wheat crop over the growing season. Now at harvest time, some growers are finding out their crop safely weathered the season, while others are discovering they struck out.

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