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Sign-up to receive news and alerts about pests that affect NC crops. Topics are written by agricultural specialists from NC Cooperative Extension Service.  The NC Pest News is distributed by email once a week. Pest Alerts contain very time sensitive information and are delivered the same day as written. During the growing season their will be an abundance of news and fewer articles will be published during the winter months. Click Here to subscribe to The NC Pest News and NC Pest Alerts. In addition you may wish to subscribe to other topics that are listed.

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Sign-up to receive news and alerts about pests that affect NC crops. Topics are written by agricultural specialists from NC Cooperative Extension Service.  The NC Pest News is distributed by email once a week. Pest Alerts contain very time sensitive information and are delivered the same day as written. During the growing season their will be an abundance of news and fewer articles will be published during the winter months. Click Here to subscribe to The NC Pest News and NC Pest Alerts. In addition you may wish to subscribe to other topics that are listed.

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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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Pollinators in NC?

NC State is doing a lot to help address pollinator decline and protect and conserve pollinators in NC. For more on our newest outreach efforts, click here.

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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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Studying Strawberry Pollination popular

Our laboratory is excited to begin a new project aimed at answering several questions about pollination ecology in strawberries.These questions are: 1. What insects pollinate commercially grown strawberries in the southeast? 2. How are MORE » – from   Entomology

Soybean Rust Update August 19, 2016 popular

from Jim Dunphy, Crop Science Extension Specialist (Soybeans) and Lindsey Thiessen, Extension Plant Pathologist This morning, Asiatic Soybean Rust was confirmed on soybeans in Colleton County, SC.  One pustule was detected on one MORE »

Soybean Rust Update for August 15, 2016 popular

from Jim Dunphy, Crop Science Extension Specialist (Soybeans) and Lindsey Thiessen, Extension Plant Pathologist So far this month, Asiatic Soybean Rust has been confirmed on soybeans in Baldwin, Dallas, Macon, and Elmore counties MORE »

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The recent announcements of the first locally-transmitted cases of Zika virus on the mainland U.S. (in south Florida) has the media and the public in a frenzy and raising concern  about spending time MORE »

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Soybean Rust Update popular

July 27, 2016 from Jim Dunphy, Crop Science Extension Specialist (Soybeans) and Lindsey Thiessen, Extension Plant Pathologist Asiatic Soybean Rust has been confirmed in Tift County, Georgia, earlier today, on soybeans in a Sentinel MORE »

NC BEEF System Field Day July 23

Folks….we are making final preparations for the NC BEEF System Field Day on July 23, 2016 (at Center for Environmental Farming Systems, Goldsboro, NC).  Our NC BEEF System Team, including support staff from MORE »

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