NIFA Invests $4.7 Million to Address Critical Pest Problems

NIFA recently awarded 16 applied research and development grants to enhance the development, adoption, and implementation of innovative, ecologically-based, sustainable integrated pest management (IPM), technologies, tools, tactics and strategies that address regional and/or national IPM priorities. Among the projects funded include are the use of photobiology and lighting technologies for suppression of powdery mildew in strawberry production, developing techniques for management of Sclerotinia stem rot on soybeans, optimizing lures to detect invasive wood-boring insects, supporting homeowner IPM programs, and variable precision planting for maximizing weed suppression and yield increases in row crop systems. These grants are a part of NIFA’s Crop Protection and Pest Management Program, which addresses integrated pest management solutions for emerging weed, disease, and insect pests. Continue reading

Disease control is essential for high peanut yields

In Southwest Farm Press

by Ron Smith

Variety selection, rotation, field history, and fungicide applications play important roles in controlling foliar and soilborne diseases in Oklahoma peanuts, and with depressed commodity markets, the challenge is choosing the right variety, maintaining a proper rotation, and developing an efficient, economical, and effective fungicide program.

“Variety selection is the first decision,” says Oklahoma State University Extension Plant Pathologist John Damicone, who spoke at the recent Oklahoma Peanut Expo at Altus. “But, it has become a lot harder for growers to get the seed they want; they’ve had to plant a lot of varieties from the Southeast lately.” Continue reading