In this Issue:
  • WFREC Row Crop Field Day – August 22
  • New UF/IFAS Entomologist is Surveying Insect Pests in Panhandle Row Crops
  • A Tiny Wasp to Fight the Asian Citrus Psyllid
  • Laurel Wilt Fungus (Raffaelea lauricola) Reflects the Spread of Redbay Ambrosia Beetles
  • Beneficial Parasitic Wasps in Peanuts
  • Scout Soybeans for Kudzu Bugs and Redbanded Stink Bugs
  • Mosquito Control Can Be As Close As A Farm Pond
  • Cattle Fly Control Tips
  • Friday Feature: The Cow Sprayer Automated Fly Control System
  • Apply for the Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program through July 31
  • Insects

    WFREC Row Crop Field Day – August 22

    Please join us on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM central time for the annual Extension Farm Field Day at  the West Florida Research & Education Center (WFREC) at the Jay Research Facility (4253 Experiment Road, Hwy 182, Jay FL 32565).

    The following topics will be covered:

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/18/wfrec-row-crop-field-day-august-22/

    New UF/IFAS Entomologist is Surveying Insect Pests in Panhandle Row Crops

    Silvana Paula-Moraes began working in the fall of 2016 at the  UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center (WFREC) based in Jay, Florida. Originally from Brazil, Dr. Moraes completed her PhD in Nebraska.  Her research has been dedicated to address several aspects of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Insect Resistance Management (IRM) for …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/11/new-ufifas-entomologist-is-surveying-insect-pests-in-panhandle-row-crops/

    A Tiny Wasp to Fight the Asian Citrus Psyllid

    The Asian citrus psyllid (Fig 1), the carrier of the causative agent of citrus greening or Huanglongbing (HLB), is certainly the most devastating pest in citrus worldwide. Since it was first spotted in Florida in 1998, the Asian citrus psyllid has spread across the state, and starting in 2005, the first cases of HLB were …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/14/a-tiny-wasp-to-fight-the-asian-citrus-psyllid/

    Laurel Wilt Fungus (Raffaelea lauricola) Reflects the Spread of Redbay Ambrosia Beetles

    Ambrosia beetles are known for attacking various woody plants, causing some limb and stem dieback and sometimes plant death. There are at least 30 species of ambrosia beetles in Florida, several of which are non-native.

    Typically ambrosia beetles have a symbiotic relationship with a fungus which the beetles carry in their bodies. When the beetles …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/14/laurel-wilt-fungus-raffaelea-lauricola-reflects-the-spread-of-redbay-ambrosia-beetles/

    Beneficial Parasitic Wasps in Peanuts

    Insect management tends to focus on pests that cause damage and reduce yields, but one aspect of integrated pest management (IPM) includes the knowledge of beneficial insects that naturally control those pests.  In peanuts, there are several different beneficial parasitoids that can be found preying on pest insects in the southern U.S.  A parasitoid is …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/07/beneficial-parasitic-wasps-in-peanuts/

    Scout Soybeans for Kudzu Bugs and Redbanded Stink Bugs

    After a mild winter, with relatively few nights below freezing, it should be no surprise that insect populations are spiking early. One example of this is armyworms, which began showing up in early-mid June across areas of Jackson County, a pest typically found later in July.  In early June, soybean pests have begun to appear …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/30/scout-soybeans-for-kudzu-bugs-and-redbanded-stink-bugs/

    Mosquito Control Can Be As Close As A Farm Pond

    The consistent and ample rains of late over Florida’s Panhandle assure enough moisture is available for row crop production and development, and forage growth. It has also minimized, if not eliminated, the need for irrigation and its associated cost.

    As with anything good, there is always an associated negative component which cannot be avoided. In …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/30/mosquito-control-can-be-as-close-as-a-farm-pond/

    Cattle Fly Control Tips

    Dr. Lew Strickland, Extension Veterinarian,Department of Animal Science,University of Tennessee

    Now that warm weather has arrived, everyone will start to focus on all the chores that have to be done to “gear” up for the upcoming season, including fly control. Fly infestation reduces performance and the economic loss from each horn …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/30/cattle-fly-control-tips/

    Friday Feature: The Cow Sprayer Automated Fly Control System

    Thanks to Nick Simmons, Escambia County Extension for sending in this week’s featured video.  This video highlights an innovation developed by Hue Fussell, a farmer in Ambrose, GA who invented “The Cow Sprayer.”  The Cow Sprayer automatically applies insecticide to every cow as they walk through a portable frame gate.  For just under $3,000 …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/30/friday-feature-the-cow-sprayer-automated-fly-control-system/

    Apply for the Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program through July 31

    The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, announced on June 15, 2017 that the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program will accept applications from non-industrial, private forest landowners through July 31.

    The southern pine beetle (SPB) is one of the most economically devastating forest pests …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/23/apply-for-the-southern-pine-beetle-prevention-program-by-july-31/

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