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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From WWLTV.com

Furry, winged creatures about 4 inches in length with a love of mosquito dinner have found a home and a bathroom at Dutchtown High School.
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From Delta Farm Press

You’re walking your fields, and you come across a weed that you know you’ve seen before. But you can’t call the name.

If that’s happened to you this spring or even in the last year or two, you need to download the new Ag Weed ID on your mobile phone. This free app, which is powered by Penton Farm Progress, can be invaluable in helping you ID and control problem weeds this spring.

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From Southeast Farm Press

The practice of intercropping cotton and melons has increased significantly in south Georgia, from about 40 acres in 2010 to several thousand acres this past year. Like with more common cropping systems, a major impediment to further growth has been the management of glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth pigweed.

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From Southeast Cattle Advisor

Cattlemen are faced with fly control decisions every year. Horn flies are the most important in terms of economic loss to cattle producers, accounting for about $1 billion annually in the United States.

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While the winter may have wreaked havoc on many desirable plants, it did little to affect crabgrass, the most common weed in Kentucky lawns.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the allocation of $48.1 million, provided by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), to projects across the country that will help to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten America’s agriculture economy and the environment. The economic stakes for stopping invasive species are high, with scientists estimating the total economic cost of all invasive species to be approximately $120 billion annually.

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From ARS News

Except for wheat breeders, producers, and scientists, few people have probably ever heard of einkorn wheat (Triticum monococcum), an ancient variety still cultivated in some parts of the Mediterranean. Emmer wheat (T. turgidum), found at some archeological sites and still growing wild in parts of the Near East, may be equally obscure. But these little-known grains and others like them could hold keys to saving one of the world’s most important cereal crops from an unrelenting fungus.

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A new virus that has infected people in Missouri and Tennessee has been identified as Heartland virus. Because it’s a virus, it cannot be cured with antibiotics. The best cure for this virus is prevention. All but one person infected by the virus has recovered; one died due to additional risk factors.

The virus is transmitted by the Lone Star tick. To see a picture of the Lone Star tick, visit our Pinterest page.

See both the Entomology Today blog post and the CDC webpage on Heartland virus.

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