Category Archives: Agricultural IPM

USDA Invests $7.6 Million for Research on Pests and Beneficial Species

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 21 grants totaling $7.6 million for research to help manage pests and beneficial species that affect agricultural crops. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s … Continue reading

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Scientists use bacteriophages to fight fire blight

From IPM in the South By Rosemary Hallberg in Science Daily The plant disease fire blight, caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora, is dreaded by fruit growers. It affects apple and pear trees and other plants in the rosacea family, and … Continue reading

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More precautions needed when spraying with dicamba and 2,4-D

From IPM in the South By Rosemary Hallberg From the Weed Science Society of America New resistant soybean and cotton cropping systems based on the synthetic auxin herbicides give farmers new options for managing Palmer amaranth and other broadleaf weeds … Continue reading

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Kansas researchers find gene for resistance to wheat streak mosaic virus

From IPM in the South In Southwest Farm Press by Pat Melgares Kansas State University researchers have identified a gene that will provide resistance to the wheat streak mosaic virus, a disease that is currently causing economic losses in Kansas … Continue reading

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University of Illinis Plant Clinic announces Palmer amaranth seed ID and herbicide resistance plant tissue testing

The University of Illinois Plant Clinic has announced new Palmer Amaranth seed identification test and herbicide resistance plant tissue testing. http://bulletin.ipm.illinois.edu/?p=3914 The Palmer Amaranth test was developed this past winter by optimizing a new assay in collaboration with Dr. Pat … Continue reading

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Doctoral student leads research on how parasitoids use scents to locate hosts

From IPM in the South By Rosemary Hallberg Research by a doctoral student at Auburn University into how certain insect parasitoids “sniff out” their prey will help farmers better utilize them to control insect pests. Tolulope Morawo, a Ph.D. student … Continue reading

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New Way to Detect Palmer Amaranth in Contaminated Seedlots

Last summer, farmers in the Midwest got an unwelcome surprise after planting native seed on Conservation Reserve Program acres – Palmer amaranth. Palmer amaranth is an aggressive and hard-to-kill weed. As a possible solution, some states declared Palmer a noxious … Continue reading

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New National Pest Alert for Palmer Amaranth released

A new National Pest Alert for Palmer Amaranth has been released. This pest alert has been approved by the national leadership of USDA NRCS to address the recent problems with Palmer Amaranth seed inclusion in wildflower and pollinator seed mixes. Ultimately, … Continue reading

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Brown marmorated stink bug clinic for tree fruit growers, consultants and scouts in Michigan announced

Registration is now open for the June 22 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Clinic to learn all about managing this important new pest in Michigan peach and apple orchards. http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/brown_marmorated_stink_bug_clinic_for_tree_fruit_growers  

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Absinth Wormwood – New Invasive Species in Nebraska Panhandle

Gary Stone – Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension & Kristi Paul – Sheridan County Weed Superintendent, Nebraska Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) is a concept to identify potential invasive species prior to or just as the establishment of the invasive … Continue reading

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