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Ocellate galls on maple

If you receive the NCSU Pest News you already learned about ocellate gall midge.  However, I found a new infestation this week that showed different developmental Developing gall before red center and ring appear. Photo: S.D. Frank stages so I though I would share the pictures.  You can see light green circles…
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New article on ambrosia beetles

Check out a new article on ambrosia beetle biology and management in American Nurseryman by Steve Frank at North Carolina State University.  You can see other recent industry articles on cankerworms, greenhouses, and other topics on his industry publication page.
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Yellownecked Caterpillars

Adult yellownecked caterpillars, Datana minstra, occur in June or July and lay eggs on deciduous shrubs and trees.  They will feed on many fruit and ornamental trees including birch, elm, oak, maple, Prunus spp., and others.  They feed gregariously in late summer.  They consume entire leaves except large mid-veins and…
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GA Green Industry Association Coastal Green Educational Event

September 28, 2012 Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens Join with members from GGIA’s Chapter 4 and the coastal area for our latest and greatest education event covering everything from hot annuals and perennials, landscape pests to increasing profits through consulting.  Here’s the rundown for the complete program. For more information or…
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Be on the lookout for Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald ash borer has not yet been found in North Carolina. However, it is found in Tennessee and Virginia so it is just a matter of time before it arrives here or in your home state.  The reason I bring it up now is that it is peak adult activity…
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Japanese Maple Scale Crawlers

In Raleigh, NC we have reached 900 degree days. This is around the time when Japanese maple scale drawer abundance will be peaking.  At least for the first generation. Unfortunately the crawlers have been emerging for a couple weeks and will continue for a couple more.  Thus, trying to target…
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Scouting and Monitoring Pests of Deciduous Trees – A new Univ. of Tennessee Publication

By: Amy Fulcher, University of Tennessee Dept. of Plant Sciences Integrated Pest Management (IPM) can be defined as a sustainable approach to managing pests that combines biological, cultural and chemical tools in a way that minimizes economic, health and environmental risks (Adkins and Sidebottom 2000). The goal of IPM in…
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Officials Confirm First Detection of Boxwood Blight in Ohio

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Mar. 26, 2012)—The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) today announced the discovery of boxwood blight at the Red Mill Farm of Losely Nursery in Lake County in northeast Ohio. Boxwood blight is a disease caused by a fungus (Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum) that threatens the health and sustainability of boxwood…
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Kudzu Bug Update: March 2012

From: Dan Suiter and the UGA CAES Megacopta Working Group Re: Kudzu Bug Update   Many of you are likely inundated with calls about the invasive kudzu bug.  They have now been reported in 126 Georgia counties.  Only the coastal, extreme southern, southeastern and northwestern counties in the state are…
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Boxwood Blight Update: Where we are and where we hope to be…

Boxwood Blight (Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum) is a new plant disease to the United States, having first been confirmed in the October, 2011. The disease can cause significant defoliation and branch dieback to infected plants. Most of what we know about the disease is from research done in Europe where the disease…
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IveGot1 Android App. – Identify and Report Invasive Animals and Plants in Florida

How nifty! IveGot1 brings the power of EDDMapS to your Android. Now you can submit invasive species observations directly with your Android from the field. These reports are uploaded to EDDMapS and e-mailed directly to local and state verifiers for review. IveGot1 was developed by the University of Georgia Center…
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What Happens to Soil Samples

Soil Testing Lab at Kansas State University – YouTube. Kansas State University just released this video on how our soil testing lab works. I’m sure it is a similar process at all soil testing labs, but I thought you might find it interesting. There are quite a few people working…
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Prevention, Early Detection, and Eradication of Benghal Dayflower in Field Nurseries

Robert H. Stamps, professor of environmental horticulture and Extension cut foliage specialist, Mid-Florida Research and Education Center Benghal dayflower (Commelina benghalensis L.), an increasingly problematic weed, is also known as jio, tropical spiderwort, hairy wandering jew, and Indian dayflower, among other names. It is an herbaceous monocot (flowering plant that…
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