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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

High Plains IPM "Radio" Podcast for July 29, 2020

Here’s this week’s Audio Podcast from your High Plains IPM AgriLife Agents (7:43 minutes) recorded on July 29, 2020.

Cotton: Bollworm trap counts rising, Lygus at treatable levels in places, aphid increasing slowly. Check nodes above white flower and irrigate if you can to hold at 5 NAWF. July 31 is the last Dicamba application date. Herbicides to clean up problems in cotton. Corn: Mites increasing. Sorghum: Watch for sugarcane aphid.


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Did you receive unsolicited seeds from China?

Here's the email we received about the Unsolicited seeds from China yesterday, it's from Dr. Kevin Ong, Professor & Associate Department Head  - AgriLife Extension Program, Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology, and Director - Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (TPDDL) at College Station.


Howdy all;

    Some of you may have heard of reports noting packages containing seeds from China was received that was labeled as jewelry or other items to individuals (who did not order such things) in the US. This morning, I have gotten information that there has been numerous such incidence occurring in Texas. The following is contact information to provide your client, if you got such a report or complaint.

All incidence should be reported to USDA-APHIS [512-9165241].  My understanding is their phones are very busy.

An email is preferred.

Email should be sent to:

Carol Motloch USDA-APHIS-PPQ State Operations Coordinator

email should include

client contact: email and phone #.

Also, description of package information (a photo of the label and material would help).

If there are specific question that I can help answer, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kevin Ong, PhD

Professor & Associate Department Head - Extension Program 

Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology

Director - Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (TPDDL)

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service 

MS2132 TAMU | College Station, TX 77843

TPDDL ph: 979-845-8032  |   ph:979-845-4751

Here's a link from the Texas Department of Agriculture about this warning