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Introducing Pest
Alerts

A Pest Alert is a pest news article that requires immediate attention. A pest alert is sent out the same day it is written and posted by an North Carolina Cooperative Extension Specialist. Be informed - sign up for alerts HERE by entering your email address in the box under Receive Daily Pest Alerts. You will receive a confirmation email in your inbox.  

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Pest Alert

Introducing Pest
Alerts

A Pest Alert is a pest news article that requires immediate attention. A pest alert is sent out the same day it is written and posted by an North Carolina Cooperative Extension Specialist. Be informed - sign up for alerts HERE by entering your email address in the box under Receive Daily Pest Alerts. You will receive a confirmation email in your inbox.  

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Subscribe to NC Pest
News

It's summer and those pests are back. Sign-up to receive the North Carolina Pest News and every Friday you will be emailed the most current news. To subscribe click here, type in your email address into the box under Pest News and then hit subscribe. You will receive a verification email in your inbox.

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Brown marmorated stinkbug

Want to ID that stink
bug? We can help

There are over 4,700 species of stink bugs in the world, with about 250 in the U.S. and Canada. Stink bugs can be a serious pest, feeding on a long list of host plants, including fruits, vegetables, trees, shrubs, legumes, and weeds. Stink bugs overwinter as adults and become active in spring when temperatures rise above 21 degrees Centigrade (above 70 degrees F). Stink bugs generally reach high population levels in late September or early October. It is then that stink bugs may become a problem on crops, especially soybeans. The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys, is a relatively new pest in North Carolina. Wherever BMSB takes up residence, it causes severe crop and garden losses and becomes a nuisance to people. BMSB may reach very high numbers, and since one bug can feed on many fruit, losses can be severe. If you find a stink bug that you suspect might be a BMSB, take a photo of it and carefully note where and when you collected it. Then, log onto the IPM portal and report the sighting here. To better aid in identifying stink bugs, the national IPM Centers have revised the Guide to Stink Bugs, from Virginia Cooperative Extension. This illustrated guide covers a wide range of stink and plant bugs and provides an excellent overview of stink bug biology.

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New Local Exhibit on
Native Bees

A special exhibit on North Carolina native bees runs from June 15th until October 3, 2015 at the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill.  Tours, art workshops, scientific lectures, and poetry will showcase native bees and how we can help these important pollinators. Visit the NC Botanical Garden website to sign up for events.

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Insect light trap
data now posted online

Light traps across NC are checked weekly during the summer and the trap data is now posted weekly on the Integrated Pest Management portal under the Insect Trap Data tab. Go directly to the page by clicking here.

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Summer Segue of Turf Fungi

written by Lee Butler July 22, 2015 We seem to have segued from summer patch to Pythium root rot on creeping bentgrass putting greens here in North Carolina. During the later part of MORE »

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2015 Cover Crop Survey Reveals Benefits

The analysis of the 2015 Cover Crop Survey is available and posted on SARE’s website for viewing. Farmers from across the U.S. responded to the survey and the results reflect the many benefits of MORE »

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PEST ALERT Southern Rust Alert for NC Corn Growers popular

Southern Rust Alert for North Carolina Corn Growers – Yes, Again in 2015! From Dr. Ron Heiniger- Agricultural Professionals: We are seeing another early outbreak of Southern Rust in corn in North Carolina in MORE »

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