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New threshold and monitoring recommendations save sorghum growers at least $25 million

Texas A&M University researchers used a Southern IPM Center IPM Enhancement Grant to establish thresholds and monitoring recommendations for sorghum growers dealing with sugarcane aphid. The research had a benefit of $25 to $50 million for 2014 for 400,000 acres of sorghum.

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If You Build It: A Sustainable Teaching Farm Brings Together a Community

Pest management strategies such as using crepe myrtles as “banker plants” provide the meat of the farmer training at the Living Extension IPM Field Laboratory, a 300-acre demonstration farm connected to the University of Florida’s Suwanee Valley Agricultural Extension Center. In hands-on workshops held at the farm, farmers learn terms like “trap crop,” “cover crop” and “banker plant,” along with other integrated pest management practices that use nature rather than depending on only chemicals to control pests.

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Florida berry growers learn smarter ways to manage spotted wing drosophila

A recent project in Florida has helped strawberry and blueberry growers see spotted wing drosophila control in a new light. Extended monitoring, insecticide trials and grower workshops have led to a change in the way growers treat their fields.

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