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Insect outlook for 2018

In Delta Farm Press


What’s the expected insect spectrum and intensity for Mid-South corn in 2018?  We asked regional university entomologists to offer insight into what growers may be facing next year, and to mention a few tools that could be of help.

Tennessee: No surprises are expected in Tennessee corn in 2018, says Scott Stewart, University of Tennessee Extension entomologist at Jackson. “Between seed treatments and Bt technology, we just don’t have consistent major problems in corn. Of course, there are always special circumstances where you might want to bump the rate on a seed treatment, or use an additional at-planting treatment.   Continue reading

Insect scouting tips for soybean growers

In Southeast Farm Press

by Katie Nichols

For growers working to save soybean crops in the field, Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist Dr. Tim Reed has some insect scouting tips.

Cutworms are large, greasy worms that may be difficult to see. These insects burrow into the soil during the day and come to the surface to feed at night. These worms can hide underneath the residue between rows—especially in cover crop residues. Continue reading

Now is the time to plan your spring garden

by Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife

December is the time to plan and prepare for spring gardens, said Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service small-acreage vegetable specialist, Overton.

East Texas spring gardens are finished producing and the fall garden should be in full swing, he said. So in down months like December, it’s best to get organized and ready for spring planting. Continue reading

‘Going Green’ with Stink Bug Control

In USDA Agricultural Research Service news

By Dennis O’Brien

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entomologist has found “green” alternatives to insecticides to control three native stink bugs that damage cotton, and the new methods are catching on with growers.

The green stink bug (Chinavia hilaris), southern green stink bug (Nezara viridula), and brown stink bug (Euschistus servus) are a particular problem in the southeastern United States, because cotton is often grown alongside peanuts. Brown and southern green stink bugs develop in peanut fields and migrate into cotton. Green stink bugs move into cotton from nearby wooded areas. Continue reading

UGA studying effectiveness of chemigation system

By Clint Thompson, University of Georgia

Pesticide application through center pivot irrigation systems, called “chemigation,” could allow Georgia cotton growers to treat multiple fields while lowering application costs and minimizing exposure to chemicals. University of Georgia entomologist Michael Toews is studying the efficacy of this method.

Through chemigation, insecticide is combined with water, sent through the pivot and applied to the field, just as water is applied to the field through the irrigation system. Continue reading

UGA Extension agents use a variety of mobile apps to help farmers manage crops

By Sharon Dowdy, University of Georgia

Two days a week, University of Georgia researcher Michael Toews searches for and tests mobile apps on his smartphone and works on developing new mobile apps, all in an effort to help Georgia farmers manage their crops more efficiently.

Toews is a co-director at the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, or the Bugwood Network, located at the UGA campus in Tifton, Georgia. The center is staffed by faculty from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Continue reading

Rice experts worldwide to convene in Galveston March 1-4

by Kathleen Phillips, Texas A&M AgriLife

More than 400 rice scientists, industry representatives, consultants and growers are expected to gather in Galveston March 1-4 for the 36th Biennial Rice Technical Working Group meeting at Moody Gardens in Galveston, officials said.

“We’re expecting scientists from across the U.S. as well as a number of people from Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe,” said Dr. Ted Wilson, center director at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center-Beaumont, which is hosting the event. Continue reading

Stink bug army is on the move

By Aimee Nielson

Stink bugs, small shield-shaped insects, are starting to ramp up their army and are becoming more noticeable around Kentucky this fall. Although several species of stink bugs are common in the state, the brown marmorated stink bug is most important now because its mission is winter shelter.

Although a significant problem for farmers and gardeners from spring through summer, the pest impacts all Kentuckians in the fall as a pesky household invader. Adult bugs seek shelter in homes, barns and sheds as they try to find overwintering sites. The best way to keep them from coming inside is by sealing cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes, behind chimneys, underneath the wood fascia and other openings. A good-quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk should fit the bill. The same things homeowners would do to reduce heating bills can also help keep many bugs out.

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New IPM webinars by eOrganic

eOrganic is hosting four new webinars in January 2015 on organic farming and research for your learning and professional development. Topics include cabbageworms, rotational no-till, stink bugs and ancient grains. These free presentations are open to the public and take place at 2PM Eastern Time, 1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time. Find out more about the presentations and register in advance at the links below. Continue reading

Guide to Stink Bugs posted online

A revised version of the Field Guide to Stink Bugs of Agricultural Importance in the United States can now be found online at https://pubs.ext.vt.edu/444/444-356/444-356.html. The guide was produced by experts at Virginia Tech.