Extension Educator at University of Nebraska

We are searching for an Extension Educator at University of Nebraska-Lincoln to lead our Insect Diagnostic Lab and conduct extension programming relative to invasive insects.

See job announcement and description of application procedures at https://employment.unl.edu/postings/61668

Focused Assignment – Insect Diagnostics and Invasive Species Education (100% of time):
This is a 12-month, non-tenured position. This educator’s home base will be the Department of Entomology. The subject matter focus for this educator is Insect Diagnostics and Invasive Species Education.

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EPA releases new, two-year Dicamba restrictions

On October 31, 2018, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is extending the registration of dicamba for two years for “over-the-top” use (application to growing plants) to control weeds in fields for cotton and soybean plants genetically engineered to resist dicamba. This action was informed by input from and extensive collaboration between EPA, state regulators, farmers, academic researchers, pesticide manufacturers, and other stakeholders.

“EPA understands that dicamba is a valuable pest control tool for America’s farmers,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “By extending the registration for another two years with important new label updates that place additional restrictions on the product, we are providing certainty to all stakeholders for the upcoming growing season.”

The following label changes were made to ensure that these products can continue to be used effectively while addressing potential concerns to surrounding crops and plants:

Dicamba registration decisions for 2019-2020 growing season

  • Two-year registration (until December 20, 2020)
  • Only certified applicators may apply dicamba over the top (those working under the supervision of a certified applicator may no longer make applications)
  • Prohibit over-the-top application of dicamba on soybeans 45 days after planting and cotton 60 days after planting
  • For cotton, limit the number of over-the-top applications from 4 to 2 (soybeans remain at 2 over-the-top applications)
  • Applications will be allowed only from 1 hour after sunrise to 2 hours before sunset
  • In counties where endangered species may exist, the downwind buffer will remain at 110 feet and there will be a new 57-foot buffer around the other sides of the field (the 110-foot downwind buffer applies to all applications, not just in counties where endangered species may exist)
  • Clarify training period for 2019 and beyond, ensuring consistency across all three products
  • Enhanced tank clean out instructions for the entire system
  • Enhanced label to improve applicator awareness on the impact of low pH’s on the potential volatility of dicamba
  • Label clean up and consistency to improve compliance and enforceability

The registration for all dicamba products will automatically expire on December 20, 2020, unless EPA further extends it.

EPA has reviewed substantial amounts of new information and concluded that the continued registration of these dicamba products meets FIFRA’s registration standards. The Agency has also determined that extending these registrations with the new safety measures will not affect endangered species.

Learn more: https://www.epa.gov/ingredients-used-pesticide-products/registration-dicamba-use-genetically-engineered-crops

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El Niño forecasts for Great Lakes, Midwest and Missouri Basin

NOAA Regional Climate Services has released it’s most up-to-date regional briefs for the Great Lakes, Midwest and Missouri Basin states from a likely El Niño situation developing in the equatorial Pacific this fall and winter.  As you all may know there is currently a 70-75% chance that at least a minimal (weak) El Niño will develop in the next couple of months.  These briefs are meant to describe what an El Niño is, the potential impacts at a regional scale and the current outlook focused on the winter (December-January-February).

To view the PDF documents, follow this link and share to of your stakeholders.

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Solutions to Problem Pests in Elderly and Disabled Public Housing Seminar

Join us for this free webinar training to hear Drs. Gouge, Li, and Nair describe efforts to implement an IPM program in HUD subsidized multiunit properties that house low-income elderly and persons with disabilities. Results over 2.8 years, across 5 buildings, showed significant reduction of German cockroaches and bed bugs. Averaging reductions across all sites there was an 87% reduction in units with German cockroaches and an 93% reduction in units with bed bugs. Learn how the team accomplished this with available pest management tools, regular inspections and monitoring and adopting strategies appropriate for residents and staff. These tools can be applied to your housing site to achieve similar success. Managing pests is not out of reach in elderly and disabled housing. Pest management and housing professionals can tune in to find out how to duplicate this successful approach in their own buildings and developments.

Integrated Pest Management—A Simple Solution to Problem Pests in Elderly and Disabled Public Housing

Presenters: Dawn H. Gouge, Ph.D., Shujuan (Lucy) Li, Ph.D., Shakunthala (Shaku) Nair, Ph.D.  – Arizona Pest Management Center, University of Arizona–MAC, Maricopa

Date: November 14th 2018

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm Eastern, 12:00pm -1:30pm Central, 11:00am – 12:30pm Mountain, 10:00am – 11:30am Pacific

Registration: https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dy_hKHuxRymPX6VAPIQdew

Webpage: http://stoppests.org/go/IPMsolution

Contact stoppests@cornell.edu for more information.

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NCIPM Center Offering free invasive species guides for presentations

The North Central IPM Center wants to assist you with your Winter Meeting preparations by offering you copies of some of our most popular publications. The NCIPMC is happy to cover the cost of printing and shipping, we just ask that you put these publications to good use. We ship UPS so we will need a street address and a phone number when you send your request to Sue Ratcliffe at sratclif@illinois.edu. This is a limited time offer with first come-first serve. Once we have exhausted our available funding we will have to stop the offer of printed copies. Please contact us today with your publication requests. Below is a list of available pest alerts and a couple of our popular IPM guides. We look forward to hearing from you, Sue

Pest Alerts

Bagrada Bug (Bagrada hilaris Burmeister)

Boxwood Dieback (Colletotrichum theobromicola Delacr.)

Blueberry Scorch Virus (Vaccinium corymbosum)

Blueberry Shock Virus (Bromoviridae: Harvirus)

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Halyomorpha halys)

Corn Delphacid (Peregrinus maidis)

Cycad Aulacaspis Scale (Aulacaspis yasumatsui)

European Cherry Fruit Fly (Rhagoletis cerasi)

Palmer Amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri)

Plum Pox Virus (Potyviridae: Potyvirus)

Red Blotch

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Rickettsia rickettsii)

South American Tomato Leafminer (Tuta absoluta)

Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula)

Spotted Wing Drosopila (Drosophila suzukii)

Sugarcane Planthopper (Perkinsiella saccharicida)

Thousand Cankers Disease of Walnut (Geosmithia Morbida)

Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases

Zika Virus


Best Management Practices in Turf

Pollinators Best Management Practices in Turf Booklet (Adobe PDF, 665 kb)

Pollinators Best Management Practices in Turf Fact Sheet (Adobe PDF, 177 kb)

Common Pests Found in Schools and Day Care Centers Pest ID Deck (Adobe PDF, 5 MB)



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USDA Announces Update to National Road Map for Integrated Pest Management

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today the first update since 2013 of the National Road Map for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) (PDF, 340 KB).

The update culminates a yearlong review by the Federal Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coordinating Committee (FIPMCC), a joint effort that is coordinated by the Office of Pest Management Policy in the Office of USDA’s Chief Economist with representatives of all federal agencies with responsibilities in IPM research, implementation, or education programs. These agencies include Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Interior (DOI), and Department of Defense (DoD).

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a science-based, sustainable decision-making process that uses information on pest biology, environmental data, and technology to manage pest damage in a way that minimizes both economic costs and risks to people, property, and the environment.

The National Road Map for Integrated Pest Management (IPM), first introduced in 2004, is periodically updated to reflect the evolving science, practice, and nature of IPM. The Road Map provides guidance to the IPM community on the adoption of effective, economical, and safe IPM practices, and on the development of new practices where needed. The guidance defines, prioritizes, and articulates pest management challenges across many landscapes, including: agriculture, forests, parks, wildlife refuges, military bases, as well as in residential, and public areas, such as public housing and schools. The Road Map also helps to identify priorities for IPM research, technology, education and implementation through information exchange and coordination among federal and non-federal researchers, educators, technology innovators, and IPM practitioners.

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Assistant Professor Position in Specialty Crops Innovation atOntario Ag College

The Department of Plant Agriculture, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph, invites applications for a full-time, tenure track, Assistant Professor Position in Specialty Crops Innovation. This position is located at the Guelph campus but the incumbent will be expected to contribute to research into crops suited to the interlake sandplains region of Ontario, where the University operates a field station at Simcoe.

The successful candidate will develop and lead a comprehensive, externally funded research program focused on small acreage horticultural crops produced in Ontario, such as berry crops, wine grapes, ginseng, hazelnuts, hops, and specialty vegetable crops. They will participate in undergraduate teaching and graduate training in the Department of Plant Agriculture, including teaching the undergraduate course Science of Gardening, and will contribute to development of new course offerings in Horticulture. S/he will actively engage in extending the results of the research program and participate on various committees internal and external to the University.

The position requires a PhD in Horticulture, Plant Physiology, Plant Breeding, Plant Pathology or related field. Applicants must have expertise related to horticultural food crops and demonstrated potential to achieve excellence in undergraduate instruction.

The Department of Plant Agriculture is Canada’s largest and most diverse applied plant biology department and has recognized strengths in a broad cross-section of plant sciences including agronomy, horticulture, breeding, molecular genetics, genomics, controlled environment systems, plant physiology, post-harvest physiology, plant pathology, and plant-based bioproducts. The Department currently has 32 faculty members and employs 100 staff and more than 100 graduate students. Faculty within the Department have access to modern laboratory, growth room and greenhouse facilities, as well as fourteen well-equipped research stations across the province operated with support from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. As part of the Ontario Agricultural College, Plant Agriculture has a long history of achievement in serving the agriculture and agri-food industries within Ontario and beyond.

The University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of about 28,000 students. It is located in Guelph, Ontario (population of approximately 130,000) and is a one-hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario.

Application Process

Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications, and the department will provide a competitive research start-up package. The deadline for applications is December 31, 2018 or until a suitable candidate is found. Please send a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae and the contact information for three references to:

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Cowpea Bacterial Wilt ― An Old Disease in a New Crop

There is growing interest in Nebraska in commercial production of new pulse crops, such as chickpeas (garbanzo beans), lentils, dry yellow peas, and cowpeas. Compared with dry beans, our knowledge of these new crops is lacking. Therefore, Bob Harveson have been studying diseases as they appear to better understand and plan for their management.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison Awarded for ‘Sporecaster’ App

University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension Specialists received the American Society of Agronomy Extension Education Community Educational Award in the category of Digital Decision Aids (software, web-base, smart phone tablet apps) for their app, ‘Sporecaster.’

The Sporecaster app uses data collected from multi-state research on white mold occurrence, and integrates that information with weather data to evaluate the percent risk of white mold infection in soybeans, as well as the efficacy of fungicide use under specific conditions.

The group will receive their award during the organization’s Education and Extension Section Business Meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Baltimore Conference Center.

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A Message from Director of NCIPMC

Dear NCIPMC Partners and Friends,

During my 18 years with the North Central IPM Center (NCIPMC) I have had the pleasure of collaborating on many interesting and impactful integrated pest management projects. A few notable efforts of the NCIPMC include:

  • Addressing numerous invasive species issues including the development of the Regional/National Pest Alert series.
  • Raising the visibility of new crop protection technologies and current issues in pest management such as resistance in the recent CAST publication, Crop Protection Contributions toward Agricultural Productivity.
  • Continuing to improve our IPM tools and their implementation through the NCIPMC’s Critical Issues Grants Program.
  • Establishing a strong network of dedicated professionals who are quick to share their expertise and respond to pest management issues that benefit our region and beyond through our NCIPMC Working Groups.
  • Assisting Tribal Nations with pest management issues that impact their cultural and traditional practices.

Effective August 31, 2018, I stepped down as Director of the NCIPMC and have turned over leadership over to my long-time Co-Director Lynnae Jess of Michigan State University along with Daren Mueller and Laura Jesse Iles of Iowa State University. I will remain at the University of Illinois through 2019 finalizing reports and working to close out the current NCIPMC grant so I look forward to our continued collaborations on those existing projects.

Thank you for making my time with the North Central IPM Center so fun and memorable, Sue

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