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From Southeast Farm Press
By Ron Smith, Alabama Extension Entomologist
Historically, years of abundant spring rainfall resulting in delayed cotton planting have been some of our highest plant bug damage years.
Plant bug damage can be more pronounced when the migration of adults from wild host plants occurs prior to or about the time cotton is setting the first pinhead squares (6thto 8thtrue leaf).
From Southeast Farm Press
Target spot has created much concern among cotton growers in the Southeast over the past few years and began showing up in cotton fields in the Carolinas and Virginia for the first time last year.
Little is known about the impact of the fungal disease on yield and quality, but recent research indicates there may be significant differences among varieties.
If you are interested in bats, plan to attend this eXtension webinar on bats and bat management, April 4 at 10 AM Central Time..
Presenter: Scott Hygnstrom, Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Certified Wildlife Biologist and Leader of the eXtension CoP for Wildlife Damage Management
So why should you participate in these webinars? You can learn valuable information about avoiding pest problems from experts all over the U.S. Hope to “see” you there!
After 41 years in the business, one might think that an entomologist would run out of new things to talk about.
Not so, says Ron Smith, long-time Auburn University Extension entomologist, who says there’s always something new and different in the world of crop insects.
If you grow fruits and vegetables in Alabama, make plans to attend the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Tradeshow to join your partners who feed Alabama. The Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Conference will be Friday, Feb. 8 at the Ham Wilson Arena and Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Auburn Hotel and Conference Center in Auburn, Ala. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Association are organizing this conference. The two organizations have collaborated for more than 30 years to provide educational opportunities to the state’s fruit and vegetable growers.
Most corn insect control decisions are made before the planter hits the field. “Of course, decisions to control stalk borers in non-Bt corn, as well as cutworms and stink bugs in all corn, are made in-season,” says Auburn University entomologist Kathy Flanders.
By Jim Langcuster, Alabama Cooperative Extension System
In the midst of these ideal late-summer growing conditions, an Alabama Extension soybean agronomist says fungicide sprays may be warranted for beans that have reached the reproductive stage, but haven’t yet reached the R6 level, when seeds touch the pods.
Henry Fadamiro, Alumni Professor in the College of Agriculture’s Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University, has been named the university’s Presidential Administrative Fellow for 2012.
Auburn University researchers are using an ancient science to develop a practical tool that will help Alabama nursery and landscape professionals monitor and control damaging insect pests more efficiently and effectively. The valuable new resource: Alabama’s first-ever phenology calendar of landscape plants and pests.