IPM research results available in two new publications

Researchers from Virginia Tech and the University of Tennessee have new publications on insect and disease control based on 2014 research trials.

Virginia: Results of field trials conducted in 2014 to evaluate disease control strategies in field crops are summarized in a new publication. Disease resistance and chemical control of foliar diseases, soilborne diseases, and nematodes were evaluated in wheat, corn, soybean, peanut, and cotton.


University of Tennessee: The 2015 version of PB1768, Insect Control Recommendations for Field Crops, is now available online at UTcrops.com.  Hard copies will soon be available and distributed at UT county and crop production workshops. See more at http://bit.ly/1GHBtHW

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.

Virginia Tech experts tackle bed bugs in public housing

Two Virginia Tech extension entomologists proved that safe bed bug control doesn’t have to be expensive, but it’s more effective when it’s proactive.

In 2011, Virginia Tech masters student Molly Stedfast and her faculty advisor, Dini Miller, set out to test a preventive, low toxicity bed bug remediation program, combined with resident and staff education, in an apartment complex for low-income, disabled residents. The trial program lasted for three years. Results of the program were published in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management.

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Southern rust confirmed in Virginia corn

In Southeast Farm Press

Southern rust was confirmed Aug. 3 on corn samples from Chesapeake and Suffolk in Virginia, according to a blog posting by Hillary Mehl, assistant professor of plant pathology at the Virginia Tech Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Suffolk.

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Neonicotinoid regulations are a game changer for farmers

From Southeast Farm Press

by Ames Herbert, Virginia Tech University; Dominic Reisig and Jack Bacheler (retired), North Carolina State University

New regulations recently released by the Environmental Protection Agency are aimed at minimizing the exposure of pollinators to neonicotinoid insecticides.

These regulations apply to foliar applications, only, not to seed or in-furrow applications with a focus on food crops, among others. In a nutshell, products containing neonicotinoid insecticides cannot be applied when bees are foraging in that crop, or if the crop is flowering.

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Virginia Tech doctoral student wins regional award for work on grape root borer

Not many of us think about protecting grapevines from insects when we’re enjoying a glass of wine, but Virginia Tech Ph.D. student Jhalendra Rijal has made it his mission to help growers find ways to save their vines from the grape root borer. His work with the grape root borer, which has given growers new sampling methods and paved the way for other control options, earned him a Friends of Southern IPM Graduate Student Award.

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Weed resistance becoming a problem in Southeast wheat crop

The Carolinas and Virginia planted an extra 250,000 acres of wheat this past fall, compared to the fall of 2011 to take advantage of continued good prices for wheat and reflective of continued high prices for soybeans that can be planted in a double-crop/double-value economic scenario.

Getting wheat planted in the fall came with a few hitches, starting with finding enough seed in the desired varieties. Less than optimum seed supplies in the fall could have some yield-limiting consequences when wheat is harvested during May and June in the region.

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Brown marmorated stink bugs continue southward movement

Brown marmorated stink bugs continue their gradual march to the south and seem to be enjoying the grain fields of northern Virginia.

Entomologists contend the southward movement is almost certain to continue.

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