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Early disease and nematode control key to crop management

In Southwest Farm Press

Jason Woodward covered a lot of ground in a short time — in less than an hour he touched on several cotton disease issues, discussed new options for controlling nematodes and offered some variety selection points.

The recent Red River Crops Conference in Childress, Texas, in its second year and sponsored by the Texas and Oklahoma Extension services, offered a full two days of timely information on crop production, legislation, and market outlooks.

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Texas IPM agent’s boots will be hard to fill

In the Southwest Farm Press blog

by Ron Smith

In my first year or two in my first job as a journalist, someone, probably my boss, offered me two pieces of advice. One: “Someone else would do your job for half of what you’re being paid.” Two: “When you leave the building, the lights won’t flicker.”

I was reminded of those two suggestions/threats recently when my good friend Jim Swart retired from his position as a Texas AgriLife Extension Service integrated pest management agent, working out of Commerce. Jim’s held that position for 32 years. I’ve been privileged to have him as a valuable contact and a close friend for almost half that time.

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Weather, management will determine extent of resistant weed problem next year

In Southwest Farm Press

Roundup-resistant Palmer amaranth has been bad in the Texas High Plains and Rolling Plains this year. And it could be worse in 2015.

Weather will play a role, say weed scientists Peter Dotray and Wayne Keeling, both with Texas AgriLife Extension in Lubbock. Dotray also has teaching and research responsibilities with Texas Tech.

“Rain made it seem like the light switch just turned on,” in early summer, Dotray said. “If it’s dry next year, resistant-weed infestations may not be as bad, but we know the source of plant resistance is here.”

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Texas quarantine changes: fruit fly lifted, HLB expanded

From Southwest Farm Press

As research continues to ramp up in the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (USDA-APHIS) nationwide efforts to fight the spread of Huanglongbing (HLB), or Citrus Greening disease (CG), officials have announced expansion of its existing quarantine zone in Texas to include two more counties.

The expanded HLB quarantine zone wasn’t the only news developments from APHIS concerning Texas agriculture last week. On a more promising note, APHIS announced they have lifted the Mexican fruit fly quarantine area imposed for Hidalgo County in South Texas earlier this year after three life cycles passed without finding additional Mexican fruit flies in the area.

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Sugarcane aphid is manageable but costly

In Southwest Farm Press

By Robert Burns, Texas AgriLife

The sugarcane aphid is likely here to stay in South Texas and the rest of the state. It’s a manageable pest but adds one more threat and more cost to grain sorghum producers.

The sugarcane aphid became a pest of sorghum for the first time in South Texas in 2013, said Danielle Sekula-Ortiz, an AgriLife Extension integrated pest management agent in Weslaco. The same year, outbreaks occurred in South and East Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Missouri. Today, the pest has been reported damaging sorghum and other crops in 11 southern states and several states in Mexico.

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Texas officials discuss control for feral swine

From Southwest Farm Press

When Chris Columbus loaded up a dozen swine to make the trip across the Atlantic to the New World for the first time in 1492, little did he know it marked the beginning of what would eventually become a war on wild hogs by the time the 21st century dawned.

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Controlling weeds in wheat is difficult but not impossible

From Southwest Farm Press

Controlling weeds in wheat may never have been particularly easy, but increasing pressure from herbicide-resistant weeds makes the chore a bit more complicated.

But it’s not impossible, says David Drake, Texas AgriLife Extension agronomist who works out of the Research and Extension Center in San Angelo. Drake says six factors play important roles in effective weed control.

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