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LEXINGTON, Ky., (Oct. 16, 2012) – Heat and drought over the summer months created an ideal environment for Aspergillus ear rot to form in corn grain and silage. The disease is caused by a fungus that may produce aflatoxin, which can be harmful to livestock.
From Delta Farm Press:
Drought-affected farmers forced to buy hay from out of state can take steps to avoid introducing red imported fire ants to their farms.
The red imported fire ant (RIFA) is a major pest in much of the southern U.S. In Texas alone, its estimated economic impact totals more than a billion dollars annually.
Do you see a lot more crickets around your yard? If you’re in an area of drought, how do you save your trees, and what could be killing them? How should teachers and school administrators deal with bed bugs in school? Whether or not you live in Texas, this month’s School Pest News from the Texas School IPM Program has some good advice for anyone in the South facing these issues.
Contact: Kenny Seebold, 859-257-7445, ext. 80721
LEXINGTON, Ky., (July 10, 2012) – In the past few weeks, plant pathologists at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture have seen numerous cases of black shank. Hot, dry conditions this summer likely are to blame.
By Katie Pratt
LEXINGTON, Ky., (July 6, 2012) – Hot, dry weather could have some insects feeding in greater-than-normal numbers on crops like alfalfa, tobacco and some vegetables.
“Alfalfa, with its long tap root, will stay greener and more succulent during a drought than pasture grasses or field crops,” said Lee Townsend, extension entomologist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. “That makes alfalfa attractive to most any insect that can use it, even if the bug normally doesn’t eat alfalfa. Also, irrigated tobacco and vegetables will be very attractive to insects like grasshoppers and stink bugs under these dry conditions.”