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31 July 2012
App Helps Growers Track, Manage Insect Populations
US - An upgraded online application designed and developed by Purdue Research Park-based companies can help growers and pesticide consultants electronically track the number of insects in their...
27 July 2012
Canadian Government Invests in Green Pest Management Technology
CANADA - New wireless integrated pest management technology will give farmers timely information on insect activity in their crops, allowing them to more efficiently use biopesticides and reduce...
26 July 2012
Grasshopper Problems 'Likely to Get Worse'
US - If you’ve got grasshopper problems now, you’re probably going to continue to have them until this fall, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service entomologist....
25 July 2012
Super Bags to Minimise Rice Waste Now Available to Filipino Farmers
PHILIPPINES - An airtight, reusable plastic bag that protects stored rice from moisture, pests, and rats, and keeps rice seeds viable, is now available to Filipino farmers in almost 200 retail...
16 July 2012
Spider Mites Attack Soybeans Already Hit by Drought
US - Spider mites are destroying soybean fields already hit by drought, a University of Missouri entomologist told a meeting of certified crop advisers (CCA) at MU Bradford Research Center....
11 July 2012
No Silver Bullet for Pest Control Among Australian Winter Crops
AUSTRALIA - As high rainfall zone grain (HRZ) growers swing into winter crop planting, growers are reminded not to become complacent about the pests even though numbers may be down this season....
06 July 2012
Advice for Australian Pest Management
AUSTRALIA - Entomologists with support from the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) are encouraging grain growers to explore integrated pest management (IPM) options and spray...
04 July 2012
Drought Season Highlights Damage Caused by Nematodes
US - The drought throughout Indiana is intensifying nematode damage in farm fields, says a Purdue Extension nematologist....
28 June 2012
Whitefly Infestations Reported in Northern Illinois Soybean Fields
US - Some soybean fields in northern Illinois are currently infested with whiteflies (Bemisia tabaci) said Mike Gray, University of Illinois professor of entomology and crop sciences extension...
25 June 2012
Spider Mites Begin to Inhabit Drought-Stressed Soybean Fields
US - Very dry conditions are encouraging two-spotted spider mites to lay claim to drought-stressed soybean plants throughout the much of the eastern Corn Belt....
Large Weeds Might Require Alternative Control Methods
US - Summer annual weeds in many soybean fields are almost three feet tall according to University of Illinois associate professor of weed science Aaron Hager....
22 June 2012
Key Pests to Monitor in Coming Weeks
US - During the later stages of June and early July, it will become increasingly important to monitor corn and soybean fields for some important pests warned professor of entomology and crop...
20 June 2012
Control Blackleg Early to Minimise Canola Yield Losses
AUSTRLIA - Growers are encouraged to inspect young canola crops now for signs of blackleg disease, and apply a registered foliar fungicide if necessary....
18 June 2012
Do You Have a Corn Nematode Problem?
US - According to Plant Diagnostic Clinic and IPM coordinator Suzanne Bissonnette, unexplained yield losses or patchy areas of low productivity or vigor may indicate not a herbicide, nutrient,...
15 June 2012
New Solution to Pest Problems in Alfalfa
US - Pests and the costly damage they cause to dripperlines will no longer preclude alfalfa growers from reaping the benefits of a drip irrigation system. Netafim USA is introducing Protect-T,...
13 June 2012
BCPC Launches New Plant Protection Website
UK - The British Crop Producers' Council has launched a newly designed UK Pesticide Guide Online (plantprotection.co.uk) to provide an better resource for users....
12 June 2012
Ecuadorian Rice Growers Confront Snail Plague
ECUADOR - From the 410,000 hectares of rice existing in Ecuador, almost half of them are being hit by a plague of snails, said the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fisheries....
11 June 2012
Early Confirmation of Twospotted Spider Mite in Iowa Fields
US - Twospotted spider mite is an occasional pest of both corn and soybean in Iowa that is exacerbated by dry conditions, writes Adam Varenhorst, Matt O'Neal and Erin Hodgson, all with Iowa State...
07 June 2012
Rice Diseases, Insect Pests to Hit Zhejiang, China This Year
According to Zhejiang Plant Protection Station (ZPPS), in 2012 diseases and insect pests of major crops, especially rice, will occur more seriously in Zhejiang Province (an eastern coastal province...
01 June 2012
Scattered Insect Observations from Around the Illinois
US - University of Illinois professor of entomology and crop sciences Extension coordinator Mike Gray usually gets the first reports of the emergence of adult western corn rootworm during the...
31 May 2012
Australian Growers Warned to Watch for Seedling Insect Pests
AUSTRALIA - Grain growers are being encouraged to inspect germinating and newly-establishing crops for damaging insect pests in order to make accurate and effective insect control decisions....
28 May 2012
Some Early-Planted Corn Showing Signs of Seedling Blights
US - Many eastern Corn Belt fields planted in mid-April when farmers got off to an early start have started to show symptoms of seedling blights, says a Purdue Extension plant pathologist....
Biosecurity Laws Put NSW on Front Foot
NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA - The NSW Government is stepping up its fight against possible disease threats through the introduction of tough new biosecurity measures, said NSW Minister for Primary...
18 May 2012
Maize 'Perfumes' Attract Beneficial Bugs
UK - Scientists at Rothamsted Research and the University of Sheffield have discovered that maize crops emit chemical signals which attract growth-promoting microbes to live amongst their roots....
15 May 2012
Canada: Watch for Flea Beetles This Spring
CANADA - Once canola starts to emerge, start scouting for flea beetles. Flea beetles are now very active and present in emerged canola. Canola will emerge quickly with forecast temperatures...
Scout for Slugs Now
US - There are increasing reports of slugs causing significant feeding injury requiring treatment with baits, according to Ron Hammond and Andy Michel for Ohio State University Extension....
14 May 2012
Nematode-Resistant Wheat Breeding Lines Available
AUSTRALIA - Australian wheat-breeding companies now have access to several new nematode resistant and tolerant wheat lines, which could enhance the approach to managing these pests in cereal...
10 May 2012
New Tool for Tracking a Voracious Pest
US - Since it first appeared in Texas in 1986, the Russian wheat aphid has cost US wheat growers an estimated $200 million each year. But US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have developed...
Black Cutworm Flocks to Indiana; Scouting Proves Critical
US - Record numbers of black cutworm moths have descended upon Indiana fields, and after a week of warm temperatures and rainfall now is a critical time to scout, a Purdue Extension entomologist...
09 May 2012
Australia Boosts Biosecurity Measures
AUSTRALIA - A A$524.2 million investment in Australia’s biosecurity system included in yesterday’s Federal Budget will deliver a state-of-the-art quarantine facility and strengthen Australia’s...
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