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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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New Program to
Protect Bee Hives is Rolled out

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has joined 13 other states in partnering with FieldWatch, an online mapping service to help prevent crop damage and bee deaths due to accidental/unintended pesticide drift. Producers of horticultural and organic crops can map their field location using the DriftWatch program. As a companion program, BeeCheck will allow hive owners to map the locations of beehives. Pesticide applicators can access both databases before treating a field to identify sensitive sites that are close to the spray areas. Read more about it on Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Growing Small Farms website at http://go.ncsu.edu/fieldwatch

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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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Want to learn more
about IPM for soybean weed management?

For a brief article from a weed specialist, read this post on Cultural Weed Management. Read to find out about Crop Rotation, Crop Competition, and Cultivation.

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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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Datana spp. caterpillars feeding on blueberry. Photo via NC State University Plant Disease and Insect Clinic.

What to watch for: Caterpillars in berries popular

The season’s first question about caterpillars in blueberries has arrived, so growers and homeowners should be on the look out for developing populations. Several caterpillars species in the genus Datana feed on NC MORE » – from   Entomology

NC BEEF System Field Day July 23 popular

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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Early Summer Turfgrass Insect Pest Situation   popular

by Rick Brandenburg Turfgrass Entomologist A lot takes place relative to insect pests in turf during the early summer. Beetles such as Japanese beetles, green June beetles and other beetles that lay eggs MORE »

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Photographer: Daren Mueller, ISU, Bugwood.org

Soybean Rust Update June 13, 2016

Soybean Rust Update June 13, 2016 from Jim Dunphy, Crop Science Extension Specialist (Soybeans) Asiatic Soybean Rust has been confirmed in more counties in the Gulf States than this early, in any previous MORE »

Roundup Ready 2 Extend Soybean Varieties

‘Roundup Ready 2 Extend’ (RR2X) soybean varieties are now becoming available on the market.  Farmers should be aware of some significant concerns about use of these varieties. As of May 2, 2016, these MORE »

Promalin for frost/freeze rescue

​The following Promalin information was sent from J.D. Obermiller with the NCSU Res. Ser. ​ Promalin for frost/freeze rescue. The rate is 1pint per 100 gallons.  100 – 150 gpa  sprayed within 24-48 MORE »

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