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New Video – Systems-based Pest Management: Shipping and Receiving

This video covers basic concepts in shipping and receiving from a systems-based pest management standpoint. The video focuses on diligent inspection of plant material, careful record keeping to facilitate tracing plants forward and backward, and frequent sanitation of carts, docks and semi trailers. UT undergraduate student, Halee Jones, and UT…
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New Video – Systems-based Pest Management: Potting Practices

This video demonstrates how nursery crop producers can apply a systems-based pest management approach to potting practices. The video provides an overview of practical ways producers can stop the spread of pathogens, pests, and weed seeds that can otherwise be transferred to healthy plants through potting substrate and containers, especially…
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New Video – Systems-based Pest Management: Pruning Practices

This video demonstrates how nursery crop producers can apply a systems-based pest management approach to pruning practices. The video provides an overview of practical ways producers can stop the spread of pathogens that can otherwise be transferred to healthy plants during pruning. Funding for this video was provided by the…
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New (GIANT) ambrosia beetle in nurseries

Nursery growers have been struggling with ambrosia beetles for decades. In the southeast it is primarily the granulate ambrosia beetle, Xylosandrus crassiusculus. In the Northeast and Midwest the predominate species is Xylosandrus germanus. These are tiny beetles that make tiny … Continue reading →
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Tuliptree scales blacken tulip polars

If you haven’t met tuliptree scale, Toumeyella liriodendri, its high time you did. I found dense patches of it at a local playground the other day. I was tipped off by honeydew, which can mean tulip poplar aphids, but also … Continue reading →
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Retailers to require neonic plant labels

Scientific American is reporting from Reuters that Home Depot, BJ’s Wholesale, and other smaller retailers will soon require vendors to label plants that have been treated with neonicotinoid insecticides. Neonicotinoids are among the most commonly used insecticides on ornamental crops and … Continue reading →
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Tiny lady beetle predators of soft scale

Hyperaspis binotata is an important natural enemy of soft scales in eastern US. It particularly came to the attention of researchers trying to control terrapin scale on orchard trees in the early 20th century. It feeds on lecanium scales, Pulvinaria … Continue reading
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Bees and neonicotinoids

Originally posted on http://ecoipm.com. Two recent publications will help growers, landscapers, retail outlets, and the public understand the risks and benefits of neonicotinoid insecticides without the hype. These extension publications provide a balanced account of the current research and restrictions. Planting garden center flowers is good for bees and other beneficial…
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Maple spider mite damage and management

Maple spider mites (Oligonychus aceris) are common and damaging pests of maple trees throughout the Eastern United States. These spider mites overwinter on the trunk and branches of maple trees and migrate to the underside of leaves in the spring. Once there, they use their mouthparts to pierce leaf cells and feed…
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Invasive species alert (Georgia) – Brazilian Pepper

Brazilian Pepper has been found in Georgia! This is the first known reporting of this species in the state. The Coastal Georgia CISMA’s SCA intern Gabby Phillips discovered the plant on the entrance to the Jekyll Island Causeway last week. See our EDDMapS record for pictures http://www.eddmaps.org/distribution/point.cfm?id=3215822. Attached is an…
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Nursery IPM Workshop – Quincy FL – June 10-11 – FL & GA CEUs Available

The Southern Nursery IPM Working Group Presents Nursery IPM Workshop University of Florida North Florida Research and Education Center May Building Seminar Room and On-site Outdoor Nursery Facilities 155 Research Road Quincy, Florida 32351 June 10-11, 2014 Don’t miss this hands-on, 2-day workshop focused on integrated pest management (IPM) for…
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Free Webinar – Pathogen Risk Mitigation through System Design and Using Precision Irrigation Tools

Webinar Presentation Pathogen Risk Mitigation through System Design and Using Precision Irrigation Tools Tuesday, 3 June, 2014 Noon to 1:00 pm (Eastern) To participate in this webinar, please go to https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/irrigation-water/ and dial 1-888-619-1583 then enter pass code: 491981 Presenter: Dr. John Lea-Cox, Professor and Nursery Extension Specialist Department of…
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Friends of Southern IPM Bright Idea Award

The Friends of Southern IPM Bright Idea award goes to the Southern Nursery IPM Working Group (SNIPM) for their development of mobile information technology in the green industry. In particular, the group has developed two applications: a mobile app called IPMPro and an e-book, IPM for Select Deciduous Trees in…
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