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June 2014

The brown marmorated stinkbug is moving west. A national program at Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is involved in identifying and reporting new discoveries of this invasive pest. Reports may be made directly to the website link, although we recommend working with your local experts first to confirm the pest is present. Bill Ree is a local expert who can be contacted regarding this pest on pecan in Texas.

May 2014

  • Protect your orchard from offsite pesticide drift by using the Texas Crop Registry. Pesticides are an important tool for agriculture, but pesticides applied to one crop have the potential to drift and cause damage to surrounding crops. For example, a pecan orchard located next to a field crop may be at risk from broad-spectrum herbicides used for early season weed control. In recent years the risk from pesticide drift has increased with the widespread use of herbicide tolerant crops.
    The Texas Crop Registry is designed to protect growers and pesticide applicators in Texas by maintaining maps of crop locations at risk to pesticide drift. Pesticide applicators can use these maps to assess whether any precautions should be taken to reduce drift. The registry is free and easy to use: simply register with the site then enter the location of your pecan orchard(s) or any other at risk crops.
  • The time to put out pecan nut casebearer pheromone traps is rapidly approaching, or even here for our most southerly producers in the pecan belt. The list of suppliers is provided for your use and we also would like you to join our PNC Cooperator Program to aid the industry in risk assessement for this important pest.

April 2014

  • El Paso County Agrilife Extension Center IPM Newsletter is now available in the library.

  • The Pecan Scab Risk Assessment Map tool will not be operational in 2014 due to a lack of funds to maintain the integrity of the real-time data input/output processing required to continue to provide this service. Previous histories for 2011-2013 provide a ”proof of concept” and can be made available for reference purposes. The tool can be reinstated if/when resources can be found to update and maintain it.

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Pest Alerts

August 2014

Time again for making decisions about pecan weevil. Read more >>

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