Planter Setup Critical for In-Furrow Insecticide + Seed Treatment Efficacy In Cotton

Thrips are not only a pain to manage in cotton, but can still rob yield or delay maturity, even when growers use an insecticidal seed treatment and foliar overspray. That’s why Dr. Jack Bacheler, recently retired NCSU Extension Entomologist, worked … Continue reading

Video- Discussing Hessian Fly Management

This is a short conversation with Rod Gurganis, Beaufort County Ag. Extension Agent, on what growers might want to look for and how to make treatment decisions for Hessian fly.  Beaufort County has some areas of intense historical Hessian fly … Continue reading

Hessian Fly Adults Likely Active

Around this time of the year, Hessian fly adults begin to become active. The time of peak activity can vary from year to year.  For example, in the fall of 2010, Hessian fly was active from mid-November to mid-December.  Last … Continue reading

“Cotton Consultants” Survey: 2013 Observations

Article by Jack Bacheler Information from North Carolina’s licensed independent crop consultants is invaluable in determining cotton pest status and insecticide inputs from region to region and from one year to the next. Their responses from our survey questionnaire are … Continue reading

Recap of the 2013 Entomological Society of America Meeting

I just returned late Wednesday night from the 2013 Entomological Society of America Meeting in Austin, Texas.  These meetings are important for us to attend as scientists because they provide a platform for information exchange.  As one season county agent … Continue reading

First Confirmation of Cry1F Resistant Fall Armyworm in North Carolina Corn

The first discovery of fall armyworm in corn expressing the Cry1F toxin was made in Hyde County during August 2013.  Corn hybrids planted in North Carolina that express this toxin include Genuity SmartStax, Herculex, and Optimum Intrasect.  Both Genuity SmartStax … Continue reading

Strobilurin-Resistant Frogeye Leaf Spot Now Confirmed in North Carolina

Article by Steve Koenning, NCSU Extension Plant Pathologist and Jim Dunphy, NCSU Extension Soybean Specialist Resistance of the frogeye leaf spot fungus (Cercospora sojina) on soybean to strobilurin type fungicides has now been identified in North Carolina:    Resistance of … Continue reading

Should Soybean Loopers Be Treated This Late?

I’ve had a rash of questions lately on soybean loopers, which have been widespread this year.  To be honest, I’m still surprised they are around, given the weather.  The rule of thumb is that several nights in the 50 degree … Continue reading

Soybean Powdery Mildew

Article by Steve Koenning, NCSU Extension Plant Pathologist Soybean powdery mildew was identified by Mike Carrol in Craven County last week. Powdery mildew of soybean can cause a yield loss that can justify management about 50% of the time or … Continue reading

Asiatic Soybean Rust May Be Present Throughout NC

Article by Jim Dunphy, NCSU Extension Soybean Specialist and Steve Koenning, NCSU Extension Plant Pathologist Asiatic Soybean Rust was confirmed earlier today on a soybean sample from Cumberland County, NC.  Combined with the confirmed finds in Scotland and Cleveland counties, NC, … Continue reading