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Friday, July 23, 2021

Plains Pest Management News July 23, 2021

 Here’s your PlainsPest Management News for the week of July 23, 2021.



Panhandle Uniform Wheat Variety Trial Results

 Here's some information from Dr. Jourdan M. Bell, Associate Professor and Agronomist, Dept. of Soil & Crop Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center, Amarillo.  Thanks Dr. Bell!


Attached are results for the High Plains Uniform Variety Trials – Panhandle Sites. South Plains sites will be included in the final state report compiled by Fernando Guillen-Portal.



Wednesday, July 21, 2021

High Plains IPM "Radio" Podcast 07/21/2021

Here’s this week’s High Plains IPM “Radio” Podcast for 07/21/2021 (audio file) Peanut disease window is open. Cotton: a bit behind in heat units, some fields retreated for fleahoppers, lygus and bollworm increasing. Corn: disease incidence low, spider mite activity picking up. Sorghum: reports of sugarcane aphid in southern Hale County, fall armyworm increasing, time to scout for sorghum midge. (8:46 mins)




Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Halfway Station Field Day Tuesday, July 27, 2021

 This Field Day will feature 1st look at new Sorghum Technologies with the best variety recommendations by popular seed companies, the World Renowned Weed Expert Dr. Pete Dotray's on-going trials in our area, a 1st in the Region look at ThryvOn as well as a look at Fungicide trials with heavy pressure, and of course the latest IPM updates.  Y'all meet us at the Halfway Research Station for this Field Day that's sure to be informative and helpful.  Lunch provided and only a $10 fee with 2 CEUs available for your pest control applicator license.  See the flyer for more information.



Thursday, July 15, 2021

Seed Treatments Recommended Article

AgriLife's  Dr. Pat Porter, District Entomologist in Lubbock, shared the statement below about an article (link here and within statement) he Highly recommends.

Thanks to Dr. Porter for sharing and bringing it to our attention.



About those seed treatments .... A really good and balanced article

We live in a time of fake news; coverage designed to mislead and advocate one viewpoint. No, I don't need any scientific citations to back this claim up; we all know it is true. I'm writing tonight to bring a very balanced and well-referenced article to your attention, one that deals with the benefits and downsides of the seed treatments put on our corn, cotton, soybean and other seed. 

Beginning around 15 years ago, seed treatments became commonplace on corn seed, and it is now virtually impossible for High Plains growers to buy any seed without these treatments. Research has shown that the treatments often provide little if any benefit, but sometimes they do, like in our corn that has corn rootworms resistant to Bt toxins. But without the rootworm threat the value of seed treatments is far more questionable. On the other hand, cotton often benefits because of the near-constant thrips pressure early in the year, and the fact that aldicarb is not routinely used at planting anymore. Today we buy a whole package in a bag; crop genetics, Bts, insecticides, fungicides, and more. It is no longer a simple choice, and in most cases there is no longer a choice to buy one component without all of the others. 

In what I consider to be a rare moment of good journalism these days, a writer at Progressive Farmer DTN has written a thoroughly documented article on the issues around seed treatments. She provides web links to many reputable sources that either support seed treatments or argue against them. Spend some time and read it; you will both agree and disagree, but remember that long ago that is what good journalism used to be like: I have suggested to TAMU that this article become required reading for Integrated Pest Management on campus; farming is a complicated business and we have choices, some of which serve us well, and some of which do not, and the difference may depend on whether one is looking at the short term or long term. It is complicated. I am grateful that a real journalist did the hard work to examine all sides of an issue, provide evidence each way, and let the reader decide. 


You can also find Dr. Pat Porter's recommendation at AgriLife's Focus on Entomology Blog:

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

High Plains IPM "Radio" Podcast 07/14/2021

Here’s this week’s High Plains IPM “Radio” Podcast for 07/14/2021 (audio file) Weeds more susceptible to herbicides thanks to rain. Think twice about killing white weed (silver leaf nightshade) right now because it is a major fleahopper host. Cotton: fleahoppers very high in Hale and Swisher counties, variable elsewhere. Caterpillars increasing. The need for PGR is highly dependent on variety. Corn: time to start looking for spider mites. (13:08 mins)