Study Finds Many Bt Corn Growers Aren’t Planting Refuge Crops

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By Josh Lancette A new study from North Carolina found that corn growers in the state are not planting as much refuge crop as needed, potentially leading to increased insect resistance to Bt corn. Published in March in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management, the study also found that current methods for extension professionals to […]

Unwanted Webs: Integrated Pest Management for Fall Webworms

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By Meredith Swett Walker In late summer and fall, extension agents and pest control professionals across North America get a version of this call: “It looks like a gang of hyperactive spiders have set up a commune in my pecan/Bradford pear/cottonwood tree. There are webs everywhere! How do I get rid of them?” More curious […]

Alfalfa Weevil: New Integrated Pest Management Guide Available

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For alfalfa growers throughout the United States—and particularly in the western states—the alfalfa weevil (Hypera postica) is a major concern, as damage from infestations lead to decreased yield and quality. A new resource published today in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management offers growers a robust profile of alfalfa weevil and various options for […]

Free Online Resource for Soybean Growers to Manage Kudzu Bugs

By Josh Lancette There’s a relatively new pest of soybean in town. Its name? Megacopta cribraria, but most folks call it the kudzu bug. If left unchecked, the bug has been shown to cause up to 60% yield loss in soybean fields. In order to help manage this pest, researches at North Carolina State University […]

A New Resource for Fighting the Mexican Rice Borer

By Leslie Mertz A moth caterpillar called the Mexican rice borer (Eoreuma loftini) that has already taken a heavy toll on sugar cane and rice crops in Texas has now moved into Louisiana and Florida, and continues to spread through the Gulf Coast region. A new article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management provides […]