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The harsh, prolonged winter of 2014 delayed the wheat crop and presented unique challenges for wheat producers. Specialists with the University of Kentucky Wheat Science Group will discuss how to navigate these challenges and other timely topics during the UK Wheat Field Day.

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In recent years, Kentucky grain farmers have increased their on-farm grain storage capacity. However, grain in storage bins has its own unique set of disease and insect problems that are very different from crops in the field. To help producers operate their storage structures more effectively, the University of Kentucky grain science working group will host a fumigation workshop Tuesday, May 13 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton.

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As a part of EPA’s effort to build a more user-friendly website, we have expanded and redesigned our popular online information about bed bugs to make it more accessible and easy for visitors to find the information they need.

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In Southwest Farm Press

Build a better hog trap and the world will beat a path to your door.

Well, maybe not the world, but certainly a lot of farmers, ranchers, land owners and property managers who deal with this increasingly damaging pest will be interested in anything that helps reduce wild hog damage.

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From Southeast Farm Press

A strategy of combining several different species in the cover crop in his no-till corn and soybean program is allowing Russell Hedrick of Hickory, N.C., to maximize the benefit he gets from the cover crop.

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Building on the “Roadmap to Success” insights from the 2013 workshop that was co-sponsored by SWSS, the outcomes expected from Herbicide Resistance Summit II include:

  • A more unified understanding of the issues across the country, understanding of differences of opinions, and approaches to solutions.
  • A broader understanding of the need and ways to educate the general public about herbicide resistance and solutions that will and will not work.
  • Development of a compelling economic story that demonstrates the net benefits of successful herbicide resistance management.
  • An understanding of the decision framework and time management issues that have driven us to the current situation, and what it will take to address this problem.
  • An understanding of the grower’s role in the community, while at the same time preserving their individuality in both decision-making and execution.
  • A better understanding of the sociological drivers that contribute to the development of herbicide resistance, and thus a better understanding of how we can approach solutions.
  • Identify the need for and facilitation of a centralized place with educational materials and tools for developing herbicide resistance management plans, with a consistent, scientifically sound message.
  • A better understanding of the role of technology as a part of the solutions; e.g. sprayers, tillage, robotics, spatial technologies, seed destructors.
  • A better understanding of the roles that public and private incentives can play in stimulating herbicide resistance management.
  • A better understanding of the possible roles that public and private regulatory actions may play in fostering herbicide resistance management.

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In Southeast Farm Press

The USDA launched earlier this month a national effort to reduce the devastating damage caused by feral swine.  The $20 million program aims to help states deal with a rapidly expanding population of invasive wild swine that causes $1.5 billion in annual damage and control costs.

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With outdoor sports like baseball and soccer cranking up – and football on the not-so-distant horizon – the North Carolina State University Turfgrass Program has launched a new app to help the folks who maintain those athletic fields.

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presents two webinars in the next few weeks related to IPM in schools.

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