Tune in February 27 to learn how to manage target spot

In a webinar on Monday, February 27, at 3 PM Eastern, Austin Hagan, professor and extension plant pathologist at Auburn University, will discuss ways to recognize target spot in your field as well as management techniques to lower the risk.

Target spot, which is caused by the fungus Corynespora cassiicola, is an emerging disease in cotton in the Lower and Mid-South in the U.S. Phylogenetically, C. cassiicola isolates collected from cotton across the Lower South are distinct from those collected from other crops, particularly vegetables. This suggests that C. cassiicola isolates from cotton are either a recent introduction to the U.S. or has arisen from a mutation. Rainfall patterns along with variety selection and management inputs relating to yield potential influence the target spot risk in cotton. Greatest target spot-attributed defoliation and subsequent yield losses, which may exceed 300 pounds of lint per acre, have been recorded for an intensively managed, susceptible variety having a yield potential above 2.5 to 3 bales per acre. Continue reading

All Aboard! Moving IPM Toward a Collaborative Future

Join us for a webinar on Feb 19, 2017 at 8:00 AM CST.

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We need broad collaboration to make integrated pest management (IPM) effective in reducing crop losses and ensuring that the latest research is implemented to make sure growers have the most effective, environmentally compatible, and economically feasible tactics. State IPM Coordinators play a key role in facilitating successful programs not only in their state, but also in cooperation with other programs in the region. This session presents the activities and perspectives from five of the regions IPM Program Coordinators. Join us to learn more about IPM in the Southern Region and participate in a discussion on how we can work together to advance IPM.

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Bid and Contract Guidance for Securing IPM Based Services in Schools

If you are in the business of bidding for IPM services in schools, then this webinar is for you. Tune in to More Than Just a Firm Handshake – Bid and Contract Guidance for Securing IPM Based Services in Schools. Please note that space is limited to the first 1,000 to sign in, so sign in early if you want to participate.

Tuesday, February, 21, 2017 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET

Followed by a live and Q&A session, 3:00–3:30 p.m. ET Continue reading

Webinar: Managing target spot in cotton: results of a USDA NIFA-funded study

Target spot, which is caused by the fungus Corynespora cassiicola, is an emerging disease in cotton in the Lower and Mid-South in the U.S. Phylogenetically, C. cassiicola isolates collected from cotton across the Lower South are distinct from those collected from other crops, particularly vegetables. This suggests that C. cassiicola isolates from cotton are either a recent introduction to the U.S. or has arisen from a mutation. Rainfall patterns along with variety selection and management inputs relating to yield potential influence the target spot risk in cotton. Greatest target spot-attributed defoliation and subsequent yield losses, which may exceed 300 pounds of lint per acre, have been recorded for an intensively managed, susceptible variety having a yield potential above 2.5 to 3 bales per acre.

Dr. Austin Hagan of Auburn University will discuss the results of a two-year study on developing integrated strategies for managing target spot in cotton. Topics that will be addressed in the webinar will include disease distribution, variety susceptibility and potential yield loss, efficacy of registered and candidate fungicides, fungicide application number, timing, methodology, and placement, as well as the influence of cotton cropping frequency, tillage practices, seeding rate, and planting date on disease development and cotton yield. Continue reading

Webinar: Introduction to Plant Identification

This webinar is presented by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service – Science and Technology, National Technology Support Centers.

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Participants will be provided a framework for determining the identity of plants. Learn more… Continue reading

Webinar: Cover Crop Management for the Southeast

This webinar on cover crop management is presented by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service – Science and Technology, National Technology Support Centers

When: Feb 14, 2017 2:00 pm US/Eastern Continue reading

Webinar on woody ornamentals January 18

The University of Georgia’s Center for Urban Agriculture has developed an online, live, interactive training program that allows individuals to obtain Continuing Education credits from virtually anywhere, and the Georgia Department of Agriculture does not limit the number of hours that can be acquired by webinar. All you will need is a computer with internet access and speakers.

TOPICS and SPEAKERS: Pruning Woody Ornamentals for Optimal Health, Dr. Bodie Pennisi, University of Georgia, Griffin; Troubleshooting Problems in Landscape, Mr. Bob Westerfield, University of Georgia, Griffin

DATE and TIME: January 18, 2017; 7:45 to 10:00 AM EDT (On-line via Internet) Continue reading