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Insecticides Foster 'Toxic' Slugs, Reduce Crop Yields
Insecticides aimed at controlling early-season crop pests, such as soil-dwelling grubs and maggots, can increase slug populations, thus reducing crop yields, according to researchers at Penn State and the University of South Florida....
Cover crops and SCN: What’s the connection?
Iowa farmers are using cover crops for erosion control and soil nutrient and pest management in their fields. There are two aspects of cover crops that relate to the biology and management of the soybean cyst nematode (SCN)....
Can Sound Vibrations Reduce Pesticide Use, Boost Harvests?
Scientists in Italy are experimenting with sound vibrations to replace pesticides. Adapting different eco-friendly methods they are able to boost harvests and open up a new chapter in sustainable farming....
Global Invasion of Crop Pests Coming
Many of the world's most important crop-producing countries will be fully saturated with pests by the middle of the century if current trends continue, according to a new study led by the University of Exeter....
Tiny Wasps Used to Biologically Control Crop Pests
Using specialized digital photography methods, Agricultural Research Service scientists and their collaborators are producing high-resolution images of members of the wasp superfamily Platygastroidea. Their goal is to improve the identification and taxonomic...
Compressed Air and Grit to Shred Small Annual Weeds
It can take real grit to control tenacious weeds. Although determination is an important attribute in farmers, Agricultural Research Service agronomist Frank Forcella is counting on grit of another kind in his approach to battling weeds....

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