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From Delta Farm Press
April is the ideal time to resume the annual war against red imported fire ants in Louisiana, according to experts in the LSU AgCenter.
One of the best tactics to attack the critters is through an area-wide, neighborhood baiting program, said AgCenter entomologist Linda Hooper-Buí.
From Southeast Farm Press
Amid all this heavy spring rainfall, fish pond owners not only should be mindful of flooding but also of the great balls of fire that often accompany flooded ponds.
While these fireballs are no harbinger of doom, they can bring painful stings and, based on some evidence, possibly fish kills.
At closer inspection, these balls are actually large masses of imported fire ants.
LSU AgCenter is offering two trainings on IPM for Multi Family Housing. The presenter is an LSU AgCenter entomologist whose expertise is pests that invade structures. The curriculum has been piloted in multiple states by entomology educators for the National Center of Healthy Housing (NCHH).
The first date is April 9, at LaHouse Resource Center. The second date will be announced at a later time. Please note that registration is on RegOnline, at http://www.regonline.com/IPMLaHouse.
The LSU AgCenter has developed a mobile Web application (also known as an “app”) that will allow soybean farmers to easily identify weed, insect and disease problems in their fields by just grabbing their smartphones.
Known as the Soybean Field Guide, the app can be easily accessed on a smartphone, such as an iPhone or an Android, or on an electronic tablet, such as an iPad. The app can also be viewed on a laptop or desktop computer.
By Boyd Padgett, LSU AgCenter
Several wheat diseases can negatively impact yield if not properly managed. In LSU AgCenter tests, rust-infested plots yielded over 50 percent less than non-infested plots. This demonstrates the need to effectively manage these diseases to optimize profits.
From Delta Farm Press:
The first island applesnail discovered in the wilds of Louisiana was found in a drainage ditch near Gretna. The initial 2006 find of the invasive, voracious, fist-sized snail has since led to expanding populations and worries about Louisiana’s environment and rice crop.
New Orleans Mosquito, Rodent & Termite Control is offering a two-day workshop that will offer comprehensive information in several areas of environmental health, vector and pest control. Principals of food and water safety, mass gatherings, and disaster management related to environmental health will be covered.
The speakers will be environmental health specialists from the Centers for Disease Control and entomologists from the City of New Orleans.
Louisiana environmental health specialists will earn 14 CEUs for attending the full workshop. Registration must be received by September 7th.
For more information please feel free to contact Cynthia Krohn at (504) 658-2400.
From Delta Farm Press
LSU AgCenter scientists and Louisiana soybean growers are on the lookout for a tiny new pest that can cause considerable damage to the crop.
The kudzu bug has recently been spotted in Vicksburg, Miss., and experts expect it to enter Louisiana in the coming months.