NC State University Leads Research into Kudzu Bug Host Preferences

For an exotic invasive insect pest, kudzu bug is fairly easy to control. Spray a pyrethroid, and it’s gone.

The problem is that the pyrethroid also takes with it many beneficial insects that usually keep other soybean pests low in numbers. So although the field may be free of kudzu bugs, it could later be overrun with soybean looper and caterpillar pests that are just as destructive as kudzu bug. So the grower has to keep spraying.

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Texas-based research uncovers biological weapons against sheath blight of rice

Researchers in Texas and the Delta region have some good news for rice growers concerning sheath blight. They have discovered a combination of pest management tactics that will effectively control sheath blight and require only half of the amount of fungicides currently needed.

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Status of the Southern Regional IPM grant RFA (S-RIPM)

Several of you have been asking about when and if the Southern Regional IPM Competitive Grants Program RFA will be released. From the latest news that we have heard, USDA-NIFA plans to release the FY14 Regional IPM Competitive Grants Program Request for Applications around April 4th, 2013. Proposals will be due approximately six weeks after the RFA release. For more information, contact Jim VanKirk at 919-513-8179.

Southern Regional IPM Grant RFA has been released

The Request for Applications for the Southern Regional IPM Grant has just been released. The application deadline is February 29, 2012.  Approximately $800,000 is available for research only, extension only or research and extension projects.

Research projects  and joint Research-Extension may last up to three years. Please note that one or two year Research or Joint Research and Extension projects may be eligible for no-cost extensions after years one and two, but that no carryover or extension is permitted for these projects beyond three years.

For the PDF and Text versions of the RFA, please go to
http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/regionalintegratedpestmgtsouthern.cfm.

N.C. State researchers seek new treatments for strawberry diseases

Researchers at North Carolina State University will use funding from a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to help southern strawberry growers battle some common plant diseases.

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