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New Nighttime Lighting Requirements Go Into Effect For California

farmworker with head lamp

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, released a new regulation in California specifying lighting requirements for operation of agricultural equipment at night and agricultural employees who are working at night. The regulation went into effect July 1. Although these new requirements aren’t as intrusive as originally proposed, thanks to the involvement of the California Cotton ... Read More »

Increased whitefly pressure concerns cotton, vegetable growers

silverleaf whiteflies

As the summer months continue to deliver hot, dry conditions throughout most of the state, growers need to be on the lookout for silverleaf whitefly in cotton and vegetables. “We are most likely going to see a surge in silverleaf whitefly this year, both in terms of population size and range,” said University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton specialist Phillip ... Read More »

Keep your eyes peeled for bollworms in the coming weeks

bollworm in cotton

• By Scott Stewart • Although current moth activity remains relatively low, I’m expecting a peak of moth activity sometime beginning around Aug. 5 through 10. Bollworm (a.k.a., corn earworm) poses a significant threat to cotton and soybeans, and particularly late-planted soybeans that are still flowering when the flight arrives. Below are some thoughts on managing for this troubling pest. ... Read More »

Mystery seeds arrive in Texas

mystery seeds

• By Kay Ledbetter • Texas residents are now among those across the nation receiving mysterious seeds delivered by mail in tiny bags marked as jewelry. U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are on alert because these seeds are unsolicited. Dr. Kevin Ong, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service plant pathologist and director of the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in College ... Read More »

Caution urged after mystery seed mailings

mystery seeds

State agriculture officials are warning residents to be wary of unsolicited packages of seeds mailed to them. Reports have surfaced from South Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Kansas, Washington and Ohio, to name a few. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Clemson University’s Regulatory Services division are working together to investigate after that state’s residents reported receiving packages ... Read More »

Clemson irrigation expert says crops face critical water needs

irrigation

Growing season is in full swing and farmers must pay close attention to the water needs of several crops at this stage, says a Clemson University specialist. Michael Plumblee, Clemson Extension precision agriculture specialist who also is an Agronomic Crops Team and Water Resources Team member housed at the Edisto Research and Education Center, said that until recently, several places ... Read More »

Stewardship grows more important with dicamba-resistant pigweed

dicamba resistant pigweed

• By Larry Steckel • Has Palmer amaranth evolved dicamba resistance in Tennessee? Results from some of the greenhouse experiments this winter and spring as well as in field research this growing season would suggest that our state now has dicamba-resistant (DR) Palmer amaranth. These DR populations are established in Crockett, Gibson, Madison, Shelby and Warren counties and likely several ... Read More »