March 9 workshop will address barnyardgrass in Mid-South crops

In Delta Farm Press

A few years back, with herbicide-resistant pigweeds rampaging through Mid-South row crops, Arkansas weed scientists put together the “Pigposium.” The overwhelming positive response to the pigweed-centric workshop proved the concept.

Now it is time to address the next weed that threatens Mid-South crops: barnyardgrass. Barnyardgrass management in all Mid-South crops will be the focus of a workshop to be held at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart, Arkansas, on March 9.

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SIPMC Welcomes a New Impact Evaluation Specialist

Jean-Jacques Dubois wanted to make a difference when he started his research career. As the Southern IPM Center’s new impact evaluation specialist, he will definitely get that chance.

Born in Belgium, Jean-Jacques lived in New England for a few years after college, but his first contact with NC State University was when he enrolled as an undergraduate in the Horticultural Science program, with the intention of starting a plant nursery business. “After a while the department asked me if I would like to move into the graduate program, and I accepted and changed my plans.”

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IPM Enhancement Grant RFA is available online

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2015 Request for Applications (RFA) for the IPM Enhancement Grants. Deadline for proposals is Friday, January 16 at 5 PM EST.

Please note that the RFA has changed significantly this year. We are using a new outcome-based approach to solicit proposals, so it will affect the way that you compose and submit your proposal.

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Nominate a colleague or student for a Friends of Southern IPM Award

We are pleased to release the Calls for Nomination for our annual Friends of Southern IPM Award program. This program recognizes outstanding work in IPM in the southern region. We have two kinds of awards: one for IPM professionals and one for graduate students.

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Henry Fadamiro Named Assistant Dean and Director of Global Programs

Auburn University alumni professor and researcher Henry Fadamiro has been named assistant dean and director of global programs in the College of Agriculture, effective Sept. 1, Dean Bill Batchelor has announced.

“Agriculture knows no geographical boundaries. It is the world’s largest industry, and so this new position in global programs will be very important for us moving forward,” Batchelor said. “Dr. Fadamiro brings extensive academic, administrative and leadership experience with him. We are proud to see him step into this new role.”

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Southern Nursery IPM Working Group receives award for innovations

An app and an e-book that have saved nursery growers over $2 million since their release earned a regional working group a Friends of Southern IPM Bright Idea award. They received the award at the Southern Nursery Association trade show and research conference July 23 in Atlanta.

The Southern IPM Center’s Friends of Southern IPM Award recognizes professionals for outstanding work in IPM. There are six categories, including Bright Idea, plus two awards for graduate students. The Bright Idea award is given to an individual or group who has introduced an idea or product that has improved or has the potential for improving pest management in the field. Southern IPM Center Associate Director Henry Fadamiro from Auburn University presented the award at the Southern Nursery Association awards luncheon on July 23.

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Florida berry growers learn smarter ways to manage spotted wing drosophila

A recent project in Florida has helped strawberry and blueberry growers see spotted wing drosophila control in a new light. Extended monitoring, insecticide trials and grower workshops have led to a change in the way growers treat their fields, and some growers reduced their treatments by 50 percent.

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Virginia Tech masters student wins regional award for inventive bed bug remediation

Not every Masters student knows what it’s like to live with a bed bug infestation, but Virginia Tech masters student Molly Stedfast has worked with people who do. Since starting her masters project with Dr. Dini Miller in the fall of 2010, Molly has developed a bed bug integrated pest management plan and training for both residents and staff of public housing apartments. At the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America meeting on March 17, Molly received a regional award for her work.

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Auburn research finds kudzu bugs affected by persistent cold

By James Langcuster, Auburn University Communications

If Old Man Winter deserves credit this year for reducing kudzu bugs, it is not so much due to his bite as to his persistence.

For the past few years, Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an Alabama Extension entomologist and Auburn University professor of entomology, and a team of researchers have been monitoring overwintering kudzu bug populations.

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