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From Southeast Farm Press
Winning soybean yield contests is a common occurrence in recent years for Eastover, S.C., grower Jason Carter.
But winning last year’s contest with a rare and new-to-South Carolina insect handicap was an adventure he doesn’t want to try again.
Carter says he found the rare Dectes stem borer in his soybeans and finding out what was killing his beans proved to be about as frustrating as dealing with the problem.
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.
From the Roanoke Times
On Friday a Virginia Tech research team working to stop destruction of Appalachia’s iconic hemlock trees unleashed a new microscopic weapon in the fight against the tree-killing woolly adelgid.
Tech entomology professor Scott Salom and graduate student Katlin Mooneyham seeded infested hemlocks on private property near Mountain Lake in Giles County with about 1,000 laboratory-grown eggs of the Laricobius osakensis, a newly discovered beetle species from Osaka, Japan, that preys almost exclusively on the woolly adelgid.
Saturday, January 26, 2013, 9:30 – 12:30 PM, The Lake House at Sandhill REC, 900 Clemson Rd., Columbia, SC
You’re invited to the annual Open Forum on Sustainable Agriculture to discuss critical issues, challenges and needs related to Sustainable Agriculture development in South Carolina. The meeting is open to all South Carolina farmers, educators, policy makers, state and federal government and non-governmental agricultural agency personnel, and other South Carolina citizens with an interest in sustainable agriculture. Input from this public meeting will be evaluated and used to prioritize critical needs and to formulate plans for statewide sustainable agriculture training programs in 2013. The Open Forum meeting will be held on the 26th of January, 2013 at the Sandhill Research and Education Center Lake House in Columbia, SC. It will begin at 9:30AM and last till about 12:30PM.
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 Roy Roberson, Southeast Farm Press
The extent of damage caused by brown marmorated stink bugs and kudzu bugs in Virginia is not known for certain, but having both Asian imports meet in several counties in Virginia is cause enough for entomologists and growers in both North Carolina and Virginia to take notice.
This seminar will be presented by Tony Kleese, co-founder of The Earthwise Company, a community and agriculture development company that helps local governments, non-profits, and landowners plan and establish sustainable food systems. Tony will outline the opportunities and challenges in creating a sustainable food system for the southeast, and discuss a market-driven triple bottom line business approach to food security in the region.
USC Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities and Clemson University Extension
When: Thursday, November 8, 2012; 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: 701 Whaley Street, Suite 209, Columbia, SC (adjacent to USC Campus)
It’s not often that a particular pest causes enough problems to have its own field day.
Palmer pigweed and a few others in that pesky class are now joined by the kudzu bug.
A kudzu bug seminar and field tour will be held at the Edisto Agriculture Research and Education Center near Blackville, S.C., on Sept. 11, beginning at 8:30 a.m.