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18 October 2012
Scientists Discover Wasps Which 'Could Eradicate Pests'
UK - Researchers at the University of Hull have discovered a species of wasp, which biologists say could change the future of farming due to it's 'pesticide-like' qualities....
17 October 2012
Growers Encouraged to Watch for Mobile Soybean Pests
US - Kudzu bugs and brown marmorated stink bugs have been rapidly spreading to new geographies. Brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) have already been detected in a number of states, up to 38 in...
15 October 2012
Rodent Risk for Grain Stores
UK - Grain stores could be at greater risk from rodents this year, the HGCA and British Pest Control Association are reporting. ...
04 October 2012
Tadpole Shrimp New Pest of Rice in the Midsouthern United States
US - Tadpole shrimp are pests of rice production systems in California and have recently been found impacting Missouri and Arkansas rice fields. ...
03 October 2012
Increased Weed Resistance Means More Pesticide Used
US - A study published this week by Washington State University research professor Charles Benbrook finds that the use of herbicides in the production of three genetically modified herbicide-tolerant...
Specialist Warns Wheat Farmers to Observe Fly-Free Planting Dates
US - Although many US crop fields already have been harvested because of the drought, farmers still need to follow fly-free dates when planting wheat to avoid Hessian fly infestations in their...
02 October 2012
AgriLife Research to Participate in Wheat Disease Study
US - Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Amarillo will participate in a $3.3 million grant to look at wheat diseases caused by mite-vectored viruses, according to Dr Charlie Rush, plant pathologist....
28 September 2012
Corn Rootworm: A Major Pest for US Growers This Year
ANALYSIS - Following the most intense US drought since the 1980's, farmers are faced with more problems than just low yields. Corn rootworm is the current 'hot topic' among growers, writes Gemma...
25 September 2012
Rothamsted Scientists Identify Growing Threat to Cereal Crops
UK - Scientists at the world-renowned Rothamsted Research, which receives strategic funding from the BBSRC, have identified a growing threat from the grain aphid (Sitobion avenae), a major crop...
Green Weeds Complicate Early Corn, Soybean Harvest
US - Fields with actively growing weedsfrom this summer's drought and recent rains could create problems for farmersduring harvest, a Purdue Extension weed scientist says....
24 September 2012
EFSA Consults over Pesticides and Bees
EU - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched an open consultation on the draft Guidance on the Risk Assessment of Plant Protection Products on Bees (including Apis mellifera, Bombus...
Soybean Aphids a No-Show in 2012
US - This past growing season, soybean aphids were unable to develop economic infestations in most fields in the North Central region, according to University of Illinois professor of entomology...
Pesticides Not Yet Proven Guilty of Causing Honeybee Decline
UK - The impact of crop pesticides on honeybee colonies is unlikely to cause colony collapse, according to a paper in the journal Science today (20 September 2012). More research is now needed...
21 September 2012
Autumn Wheat Midge Survey
CANADA - Midges are now found throughout central and southern Alberta and there are pockets of moderate to high midge risk through much of the area. Last growing season, producers throughout...
20 September 2012
Safe Levels of GM Corn and Roundup Weedkiller Cause Harm
GENERAL - New peer-reviewed research published today shows the results of the first animal feeding trial into the life-time exposure of Roundup tolerant GM corn and Roundup, the world’s best...
18 September 2012
New Oat, Winter Wheat Varieties Released
US - Two new cultivars have been released by the Texas A&M AgriLife Research small grains breeding team, according to Dr Amir Ibrahim, small grains breeder and geneticist in the department of...
17 September 2012
Negative Cross-Resistance Helps Herbicide-Resistant Weeds
US - Kochia, a weed that is rapidly becoming more abundant across southern Canadian prairies and the Great Plains of the United States, can reduce crop yields by up to 60 per cent. Fighting this...
14 September 2012
Iraq Turns to Australian Researchers for Advice on Wheat Disease
IRAQ - Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture officers have met with Western Australian researchers to learn more about managing a fungal disease which has devastated wheat crops in Iraq. ...
Two Genes Cause Insecticide Resistance
GLOBAL - Larvae of the cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera) are dreaded pests all over the world. ...
13 September 2012
Banker Plants Used to Battle Whitefly Pests
US - A US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist is showing growers how to combat whiteflies and other crop pests by using plants as storehouses for predatory insects that can migrate to...
12 September 2012
Grain Aphid Could be a Threat this Autumn
UK - This autumn may see a greater and more challenging aphid migration into cereal crops as a consequence of growing instances of pyrethroid resistance in the grain aphid (Sitobion avenae)....
04 September 2012
Millions of Migrant Moths Will Reach UK Next Spring
UK - Scientists at Rothamsted Research, working with UK scientific colleagues at the Universities of Exeter, Greenwich, York and Oxford, the Lund University in Sweden and the Met Office, combined...
03 September 2012
Australia Rice Growers New Tactic in Battle Against Ducks
AUSTRALIA - Rice growers in the New South Wales (NSW) Riverina hope a new sowing technique will help keep ducks off their paddocks in October....
31 August 2012
Landholders to Gear up for Spring Locusts
AUSTRALIA - Rural landholders, particularly in southern agricultural areas, are advised to inspect their properties for locust activity and prepare for control during spring....
New Resource Available for Producers of Raw Commodities
US - A new resource published by Kansas State University will provide producers of raw commodities and other durable food products with the information needed to protect stored products from...
30 August 2012
Spider Mite Damage to Corn Affected by Irrigation Level
US - Spider mite infestations on corn and the damage done will vary under different irrigation levels and could dictate slight changes in management practices, according to a Texas AgriLife...
16 August 2012
Insecticide Restrictions Important as Soybeans Mature
US - An early soybean harvest is fast approaching amid the worst drought in decades, making it that much more important for growers to pay attention to restrictions on use of insecticides as...
09 August 2012
Researchers Rethink Strategy for Canola Aphids
AUSTRALIA - Winter weather does a good job of keeping insects such as aphids to a minimum, but with the coming warmer weather aphids will become more noticeable in crops....
08 August 2012
UK Growers: Know Your Pests
UK - Hardy nursery stock growers can now take advantage of a new Horticultural Development Company (HDC)-funded ‘Hardy nursery stock crop walkers’ guide’, helping those in the industry...
01 August 2012
UK Consultation Begins on Pesticides
UK - A consultation process has begun on new legislation which will regulate the pesticides industry....
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