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Weather Forecast

Dec 16, 2016

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle: Rumors and Truths

Winter is here, and the multicolored Asian lady beetles are making their presence known. They are an invasive insect in the US and several other countries, and are out-competing our native ladybug species, but they still provide excellent biological control and are considered in most agricultural and garden settings to be beneficial.

Photo by Pat Porter

Photo by Pat Porter

Identification
Look for the 'M' shape on the carapace (back of the head). These beetles are aptly named; they can be any variety of colors from white to orange to deep red, and can have many different numbers of spots.

Rumors
This picture is floating around the internet causing (understandable) alarm for pet owners. The dog pictured has multicolored Asian lady beetles on the roof of it's mouth. Most likely the dog ate something with the beetles already on it, or slept with its mouth open and they found a nice warm place to overwinter. 

Multicolored Asian lady beetles inside a dog's mouth. This is NOT dangerous!

Rest assured that this DOES NOT HARM the dog in any way, other than give it bad breath! The beetles are not burrowing or biting, and they can be simply scraped off with a finger. They are not poisonous if accidentally ingested. This is very likely a rare happenstance, it is not beetle behavior to seek out animal mouths to rest in.

The Truth: Is it a Pest?
These ladybugs can bite, but the bite is not harmful and won't break the skin. More importantly, they can emit a foul-smelling yellow liquid that can stain fabrics. It is this chemical defense that elevates them to 'pest' status in homes, as well as vineyards, where their presence (due to their overwintering in grape clusters) has been found to alter the taste of wines. You can read more about this phenomenon here.

In their native habitat these ladybugs spend the winter huddled together on cliff faces. Here in America, where they were introduced in 1916 to control aphid pests, we don't have cliffs, we have houses. Cue the invasion! Fortunately, they do not cause any damage to carpets, wood, or other household items except for the occasional stain. 

What to Do
If you've got lady beetles where they don't belong, simply vacuum or sweep them up and toss outside or in the outdoor trash. Don't bother with chemical sprays or sticky traps, they aren't effective (traps) or necessary (pesticides) in this situation. Also, don't crush them or otherwise handle them, or you'll find out just how foul that liquid defense is. 

To prevent them from bothering you in the future, seal up cracks and crevices in your homes with caulk or weather stripping.

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If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact your local AgriLife Extension office. I can be reached any time by e-mail at xandra.morris@ag.tamu.edu.

Have a safe and merry Christmas!

Nov 22, 2016

Wheat Planting

Most area producers are finished planting their 2016-2017 wheat crop. Some places received several inches of rain that stood in terrace channels, which had to be replanted due to poor emergence. Otherwise, the wheat is emerging nicely and I haven't received any calls about late fall armyworm activity. We are supposed to get some more rain this evening.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving holiday!

Oct 27, 2016

Newsletter and Weather Status

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Good luck to all the area producers (and the rest of Texas) in planting this year's winter wheat crop! Many people are holding off, waiting for some rain. The forecast looks pretty dry until about the middle of next week. Hopefully we can get some good moisture in the ground to start off the season right.

Oct 13, 2016

Pre-Plant Bulletin

The wheat pre-plant bulletin is now available. It details some cost-cutting tips for 2017 and is packed with links to information and articles that could be helpful. 

According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension state small grains specialist Clark Neely, Texas is estimated to plant up to 20% less hard red winter wheat acres than last year (the lowest acreage since 1970, according to the USDA), which had already dropped 13% from 2015. If you're planning on planting wheat, keeping your inputs low is most likely a main focus of your program, so check out the newsletter and other resources.

Oct 6, 2016

Bt Technology Online Seminar

Dr. David Kerns has published this excellent seminar (spoken plus powerpoint) on the current status of Bt technologies in cotton. He goes into great detail on the history and developement of Bt toxins, how they work and are expressed in the plant, and the development of resistance in target insects. The real focus if the talk is an analysis of the costs and benefits to spraying Bt crops, as well as related thresholds. In times of low prices, saving a few dollars an acre by preventing a pyrethroid spray, which would also disrupt beneficials could be vital.

The seminar is less than an hour long and packed with trial data that you may find interesting.

Sep 28, 2016

News Articles

This article from IPM in the South explores a recently published paper on how imported fire ants, with all their bad qualities, may actually be helping to control ticks.

Check out these tips on nitrogen management from AgFax.

The FAA has some new rules on UAV/drone use in agriculture.

Sep 20, 2016

How To Get Tested for Zika

Check out this new Zika info from the CityBugs blog:

http://citybugs.tamu.edu/2016/09/19/getting-tested-zika/

If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant (or you know someone who is) and concerned about contracting Zika due to travel, its got an in-depth explanation of testing procedures that can be done.

There are many pregnant women getting tested in the Florida Miami/Dade County area, where they are having local transmission, and more than 80 are positive for Zika (from local or travel-related cases). 

Remember that Zika symptoms are typically mild, but in a very low number of people have developed into something more serious. The real concern, and why we must be vigilant in protecting ourselves, is microcephaly and other birth defects (including miscarriage) in unborn babies. As a population we need to prevent Zika from reaching us so we can stop its spread to pregnant women and other vulnerable people. 


Sep 8, 2016

Newsletter 9-8

The most recent Blacklands IPM Newsletter can be downloaded here: http://hill.agrilife.org/files/2011/07/Newsletter-9-8.pdf

Aug 25, 2016

Update on Cotton Situation

According to Dr. Gaylon Morgan, Professor and State Extension Cotton Specialist, if the cotton fields dry out very soon we may not be facing as much fiber quality issues as we were thinking.

As long as the sprouted and germinated seed dries down completely, there should be relatively few problems with ginning. There will be some losses due to discoloration/color grade and some loss of seed value depending on the percent sprouted seed. However, fiber characteristics should remain unchanged unless we continue to get rain for a long time. 

The picture below is of two ginned samples taken from local fields (no cleaners). You can see the color differences between the two, as well as compared to the normal bright white. 


This is the seed from the sample. The dried sprouts have created some extra trash, but the seed will still be valuable: the sprouted seed won't be much of an issue for feed, but will lose some quality for oil.

Aug 24, 2016

Wet Weather and Mosquitoes

Many people associate wet, humid weather with mosquitoes. With all the rain we've had its natural to assume that mosquito populations will soon be on the rise, and 'mosquito season' can last until October in Texas, or until cooler weather sets in.

The reason for this correlation is very simple: mosquito larvae develop in water.


This year, with the Zika virus looming on our doorstep, the mosquitoes we are most concerned about depend on small, contained water sources. The mosquito species that carry Zika can emerge from something as small as a bottle cap of water. They do not travel very far from their emergence site and feed exclusively on humans, so they only stick around populated areas. Fogging with adulticides or larvicides is not effective on these species, as it was with the West Nile mosquito. They are harder to reach and some only come out during the day, instead of the evening and mornings, to feed.

This is why the first and best line of defense we have against Zika is source reduction. If we can remove breeding sites in our neighborhoods, we can reduce the mosquito population where it matters most: close to home.

The following items can be mosquito breeding grounds. Consider dumping the water as we continue to get rain, or treat the water with mosquito dunks.

  • Trash: bottles, old tires, broken equipment/pots/tools, ect
  • Buckets and watering cans
  • Plant drip trays
  • Rainwater tanks
  • Pet water bowls or troughs 
  • Kiddie pools
  • Garden/lawn sites with poor drainage
  • Bird baths
  • Gutters
  • Leaky faucets
  • Children's yard toys
  • Unfiltered/untreated pools and spas
  • Ruts or holes in yards
  • Upturned garbage can lids


Aug 18, 2016

Weathered Cotton

You can download today's newsletter from the Hill County AgriLife website.

It's been 6 days since the rains started, and the effects on the cotton are already apparent. Fields are sopping wet, and will have a hard time drying out with more rain coming and the sun not shining. The corn got a good soaking and will take time to dry down for harvest.

Most fields look about like this. Mud, cotton on the ground, possibly ready to start regrowth which will further delay harvest. Rains may also bring new flushes of weeds, but most Hill County producers have worked hard at keeping the fields clean.

The bracts of the cotton boll contain tannins that can stain the lint this brown color. Dirt can also splash up onto the lint and cause staining. Sunshine will help reduce the stains, and some of the dirt can be knocked off during harvest, but staining is a quality loss that will eat into profits.

More stained, soppy cotton. Defoliants that were applied too late before the rain didn't have time to work. This can also cause leaf stick, where the dead leaves don't completely fall off, and instead can drape over the bolls. This causes more trash that has to be cleaned more vigorously. 

Some bolls have seeds sprouting inside. Sprouted seed is not completely worthless but it may be much harder to sell, and for a very reduced price.

Some bolls are more extreme with seeds sprouting. The sprouts can also result in more gin trash.

Directly impacting yields, cotton stringout happens when the rain soaks the lint and pulls it down from the weight. Heavier rains can pull the lint to the ground, which can't be harvested.

More cotton stringout.


Aug 17, 2016

Rain, rain, go away

Some places in Hill County have gotten over 3 inches of rain so far. Corn harvest is very delayed for many people, and with rains expected every day until Saturday, there's no way of knowing when things will be dry enough to get back to the field. The open cotton bolls are in danger of stringout, falling lint, and staining from mold/mildew and dirt splash.


Aug 12, 2016

Newsletter

Today's issue of the newsletter is available for download.

The Hill County AgriLife IPM page has been updated with all of the newsletters from 2016, as well as IPM/pest articles and publications you can download for free. Enjoy!

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We've been hard at work getting in the sorghum variety trial harvested and putting in a cotton harvest aid trial. Thanks to Chad Kaska, Jerry Gerik, Dale Mott, and all others involved in the trials this week. Details about the location and time of the cotton crop tour coming soon!

Zach weighs sorghum seed from the variety trial.

Zach and Extension Specialist Dale Mott load up cotton defoliant treatments into the spider sprayer.

Dale Mott operates the spider sprayer.


Aug 10, 2016

Article on Neonics and Bees

Check out this article with comments from a Mississippi State bee expert. In summary, there is no clear link between pesticide use and colony collapse disorder. He makes a point that laboratory studies that tested neonicitinoids used doses 10x higher than field rates before bee deaths occurred.

Aug 8, 2016

Zika Virus Updates

Sonja Swiger, AgriLife Extension Livestock/Veterinary Entomologist, recently published this video which goes into detail on how you can protect yourself from the mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus.


Jul 29, 2016

IPM Newsletter 7-29

Check out the latest and greatest Blacklands IPM Newsletter: Newsletter 7-29
If you'd like to be on the newsletter list please e-mail me at xandra.morris@ag.tamu.edu


Cotton bollworm damage

Jul 21, 2016

Zika Virus Updates

Here are some highlights about the Zika virus in the US. It may not be here yet but the mosquitoes in Texas are fully capable of transmitting the disease. Zika is a mild disease for most people, and only 1 out of 5 will even show symptoms. The true danger is the virus's effects on unborn babies; Zika causes microcephaly and other birth defects. Below are some news highlights and reference material if you'd like to know more:

  • The first POSSIBLE (not yet confirmed) case of a mosquito-to-human transmission has been reported in Miami, Florida. This means that the patient with Zika reported no travel to Zika-infested countries and no sexual contact with anyone who had traveled. They have not yet found any mosquitoes positive for the virus in the area.
  • The first case of sexual transmission of the Zika virus from a woman to a man has been reported in New York. 
  • Daily reported cases of Zika from the CDC
  • A&M's latest publication on Zika for women

Jul 14, 2016

Cotton Square Borer

This is an adult cotton square borer, also called a gray hairstreak butterfly. The larvae only rarely reach concerning numbers in cotton. This one is laying eggs on pre-bloom sorghum head. They are not considered economic pests in sorghum, but can be found occasionally while sampling for headworm. The larvae are short, light green and look velvety, very easy to distinguish from a corn earworm or fall armyworm.


Jul 12, 2016

Emerald Ash Borer in Texas

Harrison County, TX is now under quarantine for the emerald ash borer, an invasive pest from Asia. This beetle is an extremely destructive pest of ash, and Harrison County is ground zero for its spread into Texas as of May 2016. Four beetles were found in monitoring traps near the Texas-Louisiana border, but no infested trees have been detected yet. EAB was first discovered in Michigan in 2002 and has decimated hundreds of millions of ash trees in 26 eastern states. Quarantined counties are not permitted to ship out any ash products, including wood chips, firewood, and nursery stock.


Photo by Stephen Ausmus, USDA-ARS


It's pretty amazing that four tiny beetles have caused such an uproar in a state as large as Texas. It's hard to imagine that our huge forests and beautiful parks could be so badly affected by such a minute insect. And here's the kicker: EAB have only been documented to fly a few miles from their origin tree. That means that the vast majority of their spread is due to the transportation of firewood from infested places. The cost of chemical control, economic losses from the sale of wood products, losses from forestry industries and nurseries, and the cost to remove and replace dead trees, is astronomical. Not to mention the loss of aesthetic beauty of our streets, yards, and parks.

The S-shaped galleries of emerald ash borer serve to distinguish it from all other borers attacking ash. Photo by M. Merchant, Texas A&M AgriLife. 
Photo by Mike Merchant. This tree shows bark flaking, which is caused by woodpeckers that feed on the borer grubs.

woodpecker bark flaking
Photo by Mike Merchant. These S-shaped galleries are characteristic of the borer larva, which disrupt the nutrient and water flow of the tree. It takes about 2-3 years for ash borer infestations to kill a tree, but all trees that are infested die eventually.



This map published by the USDA shows the current range of EAB in the US. Note that EAB detection depends on trapping and observation.

Check out the full story from Mike Merchant, Extension Urban Entomologist.
Also read his page on how to identify the damage caused by these beetles.

Jul 11, 2016

Pest Update

Sorghum headworm and stink bugs are under reasonable control after many fields were sprayed the last two weeks. Most sorghum is well into the hard dough stage and should be safe from economic damage from head pests.
Adult headworm moth

Sugarcane aphids are on the rise in most fields as beneficials were knocked back by the pyrethroid sprays. Some beneficial activity is back this week, mostly syrphid flies, Scymnus ladybugs, and green lacewings. Fields that were not treated have very high numbers of natural enemies that are working hard on the SCA. 

Jun 27, 2016

Head Pests of Sorghum

Fall armyworms and corn earworms (collectively called headworms) are popping up in the sorghum fields and feeding on the grain as it is filling. Stink bugs are rising in numbers as well. Remember that to keep beneficials happy and eating the sugarcane aphid, it is better to spray a narrow-spectrum insecticide (such as Prevathon) for headworms. 

Unfortunately, if you want to treat stink bug or midge, options are limited to pyrethroids for the best results. Monitor the fields carefully after a pyrethroid spray for a surge of secondary pests, including SCA.

SCA counts have been at a low average this past two weeks, but we expect to see them take off very soon. Conditions are very favorable for their developement, and if a spray knocks beneficials completely out of the picture they could boom. 


Syrphid Fly larva in an SCA colony

Paper wasp chowing down on a headworm

Ladybug larvae feeding on SCA

Spined soldier bug (not to be confused with the pest species, the brown marmorated stink bug) feeding on a ladybug larvae. We don't like to see beneficials preying on one another but it does happen.

Corn earworm feeding on a developing head

Jun 15, 2016

SCA Bulletin

Click here to view the latest Blacklands IPM Newsletter, which is a bulletin about the sugarcane aphid. Topics covered include the current local status of populations, links to articles about tolerant varieties, control recommendations, and information about beneficial insects that help to control SCA in the field.

May 31, 2016

Stiles Farm Field Day

Stiles Farm is hosting their annual field day on June 21st, which will offer 3 CEUs (1 Laws and Regs, 1 General, and 1 IPM). Check out the brochure and webpage for more information.


May 24, 2016

SCA Update

Sugarcane and Yellow Sugarcane aphids are slowly increasing in population, and individuals and small colonies (3-4 aphids) can be seen on the mid-upper leaves. Populations remain well below thresholds.
Producers sprayed at least once for SCA in the LRGV, some sprayed twice. Some are spraying currently in Corpus as aphids build in numbers there.
The pictures below (taken today) show SCA on sorghum here in Hill County. Only a few populations this large have been seen in the fields, and these were isolated colonies (surrounding plants were clean). You can see larvae of the Scymnas ladybug (also called 'mealybug destroyer', look like fuzzy white bugs) preying on the aphids. Beneficial activity has been high.




May 20, 2016

Yellowing Corn Plants

A lot of the corn in Hill County is looking a bit under the weather (pun intended). 
Yellowed corn plants in the Blacklands this year are most likely a result of the following issues:
1. Oxygen-starved roots from overly wet soils.
2. Nitrogen deficiency caused by cool, wet soils that hinder the corn plant from taking up N.
3. Nitrogen deficiency caused by the rain leaching N from the soil or denitrification (N evaporating from water-logged fields).
In the first two cases, we can expect the corn to fare much better when it dries out, and it may simply be a matter of waiting. However, we might be waiting a while with more rain on the way next week.
In the third case, fields may need more N input. Take some soil samples to assess the nitrogen levels in your fields if needed.

May 12, 2016

Pest Update

Aphids of all species remain in very low numbers on the sorghum this week, keeping to the lowest leaves. One larger colony of SCA was found, but SCA and Yellow SCA (top picture) remain well under thresholds and aren't causing any damage.
Thrips and aphids have been doing some damage to seedling cotton, which may be struggling due to the high soil moisture and therefore more susceptible to feeding damage by these pests.Some cotton may need to be sprayed and all of it needs to be scouted. After a spray, it is very important to continue scouting to make sure the treatment was effective.

May 9, 2016

SCA on Sorghum in Hill County

A few sugarcane aphids (SCA) have been found feeding on sorghum around Itasca as of Friday. Aphid numbers are very small, on less than 1% of plants with only one or two aphids per colony. The rain this week will likely slow their population growth, and typically populations only reach damaging levels around boot or flowering. These small, isolated populations are not concerning, but scouting should continue on a regular basis. SCA were found last year as early as May 29th.
Above is a picture (taken last Friday on milo) of a sugarcane aphid in a colony of yellow sugarcane aphids. Treatment thresholds are different for each aphid, so it is important to know the difference. Yellow sugarcane aphids (YSCA) have also been seen in small numbers. YSCA inject a toxin as they feed, while the sugarcane aphid does not. Just one or two YSCA can cause a leaf to die, turning purple or yellow, due to the toxin (second picture). As of now, YSCA populations are not concerning, and have been seen on around 2% of plants.


Apr 25, 2016

Winged SCA in Hill

Winged sugarcane aphids have been found in Hill County in the Johnsongrass where they overwintered. These aphids have the ability to move to sorghum fields, as well as other Johnsongrass patches and volunteer sorghum. It is recommended to being scouting sorghum for the aphids 3-4 weeks post-emergence. Most seed treatments should provide protection for at least 4 weeks, but varying environmental conditions (rain, soil moisture, ect) may affect their potency.

Because effective control depends on timing sprays according to population numbers, early scouting may be essential in preventing economic damage in fields.


Apr 18, 2016

Mosquitoes

Mosquito season is upon us! Make sure you use insect repellent while outdoors, especially in the mornings and evenings. The Zika virus (as well as other diseases) is not being transmitted by mosquitoes in the United States, but it is a possibility.

Read Mike Merchant's City Bugs blog post for more information. 
 
 Ae albopictus by Susan Ellis bugwood.org

Apr 4, 2016

News Articles of Interest

Information on EPA ban on agricultural use of cholrpyrifos (Dursban, Lorsban)

CRISPR: New gene-editing tool that will allow for faster production of new GMOs

EPA to cancel all registrations of flubendiaminde (Belt)

Study about how banning GMOs would negatively impact US economy and increase greenhouse emissions

Bt Corn: Rootworm regulations change, no enforceable refuge requirements but increased efforts on education and reporting of resistance

APHIS streamlines process for GMO approvals

Apr 1, 2016

Pest Update

Pest Update:

Some varieties without resistance may have disease due to the cool temperatures and wet weather. Scout fields for leaf and stripe rust, septoria, powdery mildew, and tan spot. We have mostly been seeing rusts, with a little bit of septoria and powdery mildew, and some scarce signs of tan spot. Many varieties are resistant to disease, but if the cool wet weather continues disease may move up to the flag leaf, and (depending on the cost) a treatment may be warranted.

Very few aphids (greenbug, BCOA, ect) have been seen due to the cooler weather which slows their reproduction and growth. No fall armyworms have been seen but may start to arrive soon.
 

 

Mar 28, 2016

Sugarcane Aphid Update



Sugarcane aphids continue to colonize Johnsongrass in Hill County and grow in number. Three sites were sampled on March 17th and all three were infested with SCA. The presence of large colonies this early in the year, most likely due to a milder winter, could indicate earlier infestations in sorghum.

No winged aphids were found on the 17th (3 sites) or the 25th (2 sites). This may be due to the cold weather and rains.

Mar 22, 2016

Bird Cherry-Oat Aphids

Bird Cherry-Oat Aphids (BCOA) have been on the increase in Hill County wheat fields, but population growth may have been slowed by the large number of beneficial predators and cold weather. Check out this article and scouting tips if you are finding the aphids in your fields. At the bottom there is a quick worksheet you can fill out to determine if a spray is economical.


Mar 14, 2016

Pest Update

Bird Cherry-Oat Aphids have been seen in low numbers on wheat across Hill county. Many beneficial predators (ladybugs, lacewings, ect) have also been seen and will help keep the aphid populations in check. Hessian Fly has also been observed in low numbers. Both of these pests are more significant in the fall, but large populations can still cause damage.


Wheat rust may begin to emerge soon due to last week's rain. If you have planted susceptible varieties, monitor your wheat carefully. A fungicide application may be warranted on susceptible varieties as rust pustules move up the plant to the newer leaves. Protecting the flag leaf is essential to maintain yields. There are many factors that go in to making decisions to spray fungicides for diseases on wheat, such as price of wheat, expected yield in that field, variety susceptibility, future weather conditions, and more.
 

Feb 19, 2016

Sugarcane Aphids found in Hill County

Sugarcane aphids have been found south of Itasca on newly sprouted Johnsongrass. The colonies were very small, but it is clear they are already reproducing. It is unknown if finding the aphids this early will result in an earlier infestation (aphids blow in on winds form the south to infest Blacklands fields). If you have patches of Johnsongrass near your fields, or know of any along roadsides or ditches, I would like to know about them so we can monitor the aphid this winter and in to the growing season. Thank you!

Feb 16, 2016

GMO article

 Interesting article about real vs perceived public views on GMOs, organics, ect. In summary, it talks about poll bias: people are asked questions in polls a certain way which makes them respond in different ways. This article reveals that the 'food movement' (think anti-GMO, pro-organics, anti-hormone, ect) is not as widespread as first perceived, and is not growing. For instance, sales in farmer's markets (organic foods) reached a high point in 2007 and has remained steady since.

Article Link

Feb 12, 2016

Newsletter

The first 2016 IPM Blacklands newsletter has been mailed out. This will be the last newsletter mailed, and all future newsletters will be sent over e-mail. If you would like to be added to the e-mail list, please message me or call the office at 254-582-4022.

Feb 8, 2016

Topdressing Wheat Timing

 According to crop specialists, the timing of topdressing on wheat is critical to achieving maximum yields. Here's some advice on how to time your applications from Dr.s Clark Neely and Calvin Trostle.

Feb 3, 2016

TDA not granted authority to declare cotton an oilseed

Link to news article

This article was published this morning (Feb. 3). In summary, the state Departments of Agriculture will not be able to label cotton as an oilseed for farm subsidies. The issue goes back to the 2014 farm bill, which would have to be re-opened in order to address creating a program. Feel free to post your interpretations of this news in the comments section.

Below is a video produced by the Texas Farm Bureau:

Oil and Gas Leasing Workshop

A free half-day oil and gas workshop at College Station will assist landowners in negotiating leases as well as learning more about surface agreements and other important topics. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 22 at the Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ’56 Equine Complex at Texas A&M University in College Station.

Workshop Information

For more details, call Tiffany Dowell-Lashmet at 806-677-5668.

 

Feb 1, 2016

Open Comment Period for Transform


The Environmental Protection Agency has opened a brief comment period on a Section 18 application by the Texas Department of Agriculture for use of sulfoxaflor, or Transform, on up to three million acres of sorghum this growing season to control the sugarcane aphid.

Transform has been an important tool for sorghum producers, used by more than 10 states under the previous Section 18 emergency use exemption. National Sorghum Producers is working hard to ensure Transform will be available this growing season, and it is crucial you weigh in on this important issue. 

Please follow this link if you want to submit a comment.The comment period will be open for 10 days. (Until February 11th)

Free herbicide-resistant weed screening

Do you have weeds in your fields growing strong even after a herbicide application? These weeds might be herbicide-resistant, meaning they have the genetic capability of surviving herbicides. Even one weed plant in a field can be problematic: resistant weeds such as palmer amaranth and pigweed can produce hundreds of thousands of seeds in a growing season -- seeds that will be resistant to herbicides next year!

If you suspect you have herbicide resistant weeds in your field, contact Xandra or Zach and we can collect and ship your seeds in to be tested.

E-mail xandra.morris@ag.tamu.edu or call 254-582-4022 for more information.




Jan 22, 2016

2016 Producer Appreciation Meal

The cooperator appreciation meal was a huge success with over 100 guests! A big thank you to everyone who attended. At the meal we honored producers that participated in result demonstrations with name-engraved Yeti mugs, and had a raffle for a huge Yeti cooler, which was won by Ronnie Gerik. Also honored for their help with the feral hog program were Amanda and Justin Buzbee from Kynadi Feed and Chase Yankee from the Itasca Coop. Marty Jungman (retired IPM agent) also received a special honor for his continued support and dedication to the AgriLife program. 

From left to right: Zach Davis (CEA-ANR), Jeff Ripley, Ronnie Gerik, Richard Machac, Rodney Schronk, Jason Hejl, Josh Gerik, Kenneth Machac, Xandra Morris (CEA-IPM)

Honorees not in attendance were Ronnie Joe Gerik, Chad Radke, Todd Lynn Kimbrell, Jr. and Kevin Ripley.

We thank Jerry Gerik and his crew for cooking an excellent meal, and the Knights of Columbus for the use of the KC Hall in West.