IPM News and Events Roundup 7/15/2022

IPM News and Events Roundup

A weekly collection of IPM news, webinars, employment and funding opportunities, and more from the Northeastern IPM Center

If you have IPM-related research, events, or other IPM news you would like to have included, please email Jerrie Haines at jlh472@cornell.edu. If you would like to subscribe to the weekly Roundup, please email northeastipm@cornell.edu. Past Roundups are archived on our website.

Northeastern IPM Center News
From the Director

Nancy Cusumano sent her last issue of the IPM News and Events Roundup on April 29, 2022, her last day of work before retirement. Nancy launched the Roundup in January 2019 and compiled every issue until her last. Jerrie Haines recently joined our team, filling Nancy’s position, and will be taking on the Roundup over the next few weeks. Jerrie has loads of experience in greenhouse settings and IPM within greenhouses, so brings a new dimension to our unit. If you have items for the Roundup, please send them to Jerrie at jlh472@cornell.edu.

If you’d like to leave Nancy a message, we set up a Kudoboard for that purpose.

Starting July 15, 2022, Jerrie Haines is taking over the IPM News and Events Roundup. Many thanks to Mike Webb for setting up the Roundup for the last couple of months – great job!

- Deb Grantham, director, Northeastern IPM Center


2022 Outstanding Achievements in IPM Award

We are now accepting nominations for this year’s Outstanding Achievements in Integrated Pest Management Award, which aims to recognize one professional and one student based on their efforts and accomplishments in IPM. Winners receive $500 each and agree to provide a story for the Northeastern IPM Center website and/or newsletter and social media outlets, and/or to present a webinar hosted by the Northeastern IPM Center.

We are seeking nominations of growers, consultants, researchers, educators, managers, and college/university students in the Northeast region. To submit a nomination, you must be a grower, consultant, researcher, educator, or manager working in IPM. Alternatively, you may co-nominate with someone who meets those criteria.

Learn more or submit a nomination.

Nominations must be submitted by Friday, September 16, 2022.

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Other News

Neonic Nation: Is Widespread Pesticide Use Connected To Grassland Bird Declines? (Living Bird magazine | June 24, 2022)

Neonicotinoids are America’s most-used class of pesticides, found in the vast majority of the nation’s corn crop and nearly half of soybeans. Given such pervasive use, their effects on songbirds—impacting critical functions like metabolism, reproduction, and migration—are troubling.

Connecticut scientists get super microscopic to deal with plant viruses (Connecticut Public Radio/WNPR | July 1, 2022)

Over $600,000 in federal funding will help the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station develop ways to use nanotechnology to prevent diseases that kill plants.

Stink Bug Damage to Vegetative Corn Plants (PennState Extension | July 5, 2022)

Feeding by brown stink bugs has stunted and damaged plants in some corn fields.

GrowerTalks PestTalks: July 7, 2022

Research and news on the latest pest management techniques: Hexygon IQ for pre-plant dip | common root diseases | Pace 49 launches new website | UF and MSU collaborate on online training | a new USDA grant program announced

OPINION: Why pesticides are a good idea (Morning Ag Clips | July 7, 2022)

Illinois corn and soybean farmer Randy DeSutter says pesticides are an integral part of a successful farm.

Researchers monitoring spotted lanternfly sightings in Western New York (WGRZ Buffalo | July 8, 2022)

Adding to the list of invasive species Western New York agriculture professionals will need to monitor this summer, the spotted lanternfly has been identified at Sunshine Park in West Seneca.

Farmers: Check your roots for soybean cyst nematode (Morning Ag Clips | July 11, 2022)

Soybean cyst nematode is the leading yield-robber of soybean crops in North America, causing more than $1.5 billion in losses annually. But soybean farmers can actively manage it.

New National Agricultural Statistics Service Highlights Available (ECOP Monday Minute | July 11, 2022)

Among the many resources offered by the National Agricultural Statistics Service are four new survey highlights available for corn, cotton, and rice chemical-use surveys, and the floriculture survey.

Herbicide chemical linked to cancer found in majority of urine samples in CDC study (The Hill | July 11, 2022)

The CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a program designed to assess the nutritional health of American adults and children, released data last month showing that more than 80 percent of urine samples tested were at or above the detection limit for glyphosate, which is widely considered to be a carcinogenic chemical and is the main ingredient in the weedkiller product Roundup.

Spotted lanternfly confirmed in Sussex County, Delaware (Morning Ag Clips | July 12, 2022)

Five years after Delaware’s first confirmed spotted lanternfly find in New Castle County in 2017, the invasive planthopper has made its way to Sussex County, creating a statewide quarantine.

Webinars, Seminars, Meetings, and More

Backyard Invasives: Identification and Management of Terrestrial Invasive Species (Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program)

July 20 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Zoom | Free; registration required

Invasive species are an ever-growing threat to the Adirondacks, and many people are surprised to learn that invasive herbaceous plants, shrubs, and trees can often be found growing in their own back yards. Join the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program on July 20 and learn how to identify several terrestrial invasive plants, and then learn best practices for effectively managing them on your property.

Learn more or register.


Blue Ridge PRISM Summer Meeting: “Simply Stiltgrass”

July 20, 2022 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Zoom | Free; registration required

Shenandoah National Park biologist Jake Hughes will join PRISM’s Jim Hurley at our summer meeting to discuss the ways to control Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) on your land. They will share the latest research and control updates along with tried-and-true methods. You can submit your questions for Jake and Jim beforehand (during registration), or ask them live during the webinar. Registrants will receive access to the recording.

To register or for more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/348361798517


Weed Management and Soil Health Field Day (Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture)

July 20 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | The Don G Orchard Block, 333 Route 22B, Peru, NY 12972 | Free; registration required

Join us for a discussion of orchard weed and soil management! Speakers will be joining us from across Cornell’s research and extension teams. Topics will include the results of our herbicide timing trials, new vision-guided technologies for orchard weed spraying, organic weed management options, soil health demonstrations, and a discussion on our statewide orchard soil health survey. DEC credits are pending for this event.


2022 Industry Technology Session (The IR-4 Project)

July 21, 2022 | Zoom | Free; registration required

This annual event gives companies the opportunity to present updates on products already in IR-4 research, as well as new technologies designed to assist specialty crop growers with their pest-management needs. The session is a precursor to the 2022 Food Use Workshop. Technologies discussed during the session will be eligible for IR-4 research in 2023.


Tools and Tactics for Soil and Weed Management in Vegetable Production (Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences School of Integrative Plant Science)

July 25, 2022 | Cornell Organic Research Farm, 133 Fall Creek Rd, Freeville, NY | Free and open to public; pre-registration preferred but walk-ins welcome

Come to the Cornell Organic Research Farm in Freeville to get updates on the latest research in weed management, cover crops, and reduced tillage, and interact with researchers and other farmers. Learn about methods that help production while improving soil health and making your farm more climate resilient. Topics will include: new weed control technologies, weeds and climate change, long-term effects of tarping, soil health across different cropping systems, comparison of different mulch types, and cover crop breeding.

Snacks and dinner will be provided. Please register by July 15 to help ensure there is enough food.

What’s Bugging You? First Friday Events (New York State IPM Program)

Fridays | 12:00 pm. – 12:30 p.m. EDT | Zoom | Free; registration required

The first Friday of each month, spend half an hour over lunch learning about practical solutions for pest problems with the New York State IPM Program. Each presentation will end with an IPM Minute.

Register to attend these monthly events. Submit photos of how you are implementing IPM to the “IPM and You Photo Contest.”

Recordings of past presentations are also available.

Upcoming First Friday Events:

  • August 5, 2022: Feature Presentation: Do's and Don'ts for ladybugs in the garden (IPM Minute: Risks associated with pest control home remedies)
  • September 2, 2022: Tackling white grubs in your lawn: scouting, decision-making, and sustainable management (IPM Minute: Shoo flies, don't bother me!)
  • October 7, 2022: Fall lawn IPM: managing leaves and ticks (IPM Minute: Is that a praying mantis egg case?)
  • November 4, 2022: Repellents, fencing, and other IPM approaches for managing deer damage (IPM Minute: Where you chuck your pumpkins matters)
  • December 2, 2022: Homeowner update on emerald ash borer management (IPM Minute: Creepy crawly Christmas—what to do if you find insects in your Christmas tree)

tHRIVe web series (Horticultural Research Institute)

Free and open to the public, registration required. Times listed are Eastern Time.

  • August 23, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.: Building a Better Monarch Butterfly Garden
  • September 7, 2022 | 1:00 p.m.: How do weather and climate impact boxwood blight? A modeling approach to aiding in boxwood disease management
  • October 4, 2022 | 10:00 a.m.: Controlling Nostoc, a slippery hazard for nursery workers
  • November 3, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.: Smart Plants—Magical interactions between flowers and their pollinators

UMass Extension’s Green School (UMass Extension)

October 25, 2022 – December 15, 2022 | 3 hours (plus break) on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons | $900 early bird, $1,025 regular, scholarships available

A comprehensive 60-plus-hour-certificate short course that offers fundamental horticultural training in a compact time frame. The program is designed for professional practitioners such as landscapers, lawn care providers, nursery operators, sports field managers, public and private grounds managers, arborists, professional gardeners, landscape and garden designers, and others in the green industries. Both experienced professionals and those aspiring to be will benefit from this course.

Registration deadline October 18. For early-bird tuition rate, register by September 15.

Employment Opportunities

Post-doctoral Associate (NYISRI at Cornell University and the Northeast RISCC Management Network)

The New York Invasive Species Research Institute (NYISRI) at Cornell University, in collaboration with the Northeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (NE RISCC) Management Network, seeks a post-doctoral scientist to develop strategies to address invasive species under climate change. The successful applicant will synthesize the relevant science, conduct surveys of existing approaches being employed by land managers, and develop recommendations for climate-smart invasive-species-management strategies.

Application deadline July 29, 2022.

USGS Fellow, Climate Change and Invasive Species Research Prioritization (U.S. Department of the Interior)

The Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) Management network, in collaboration with the National Invasive Species Council, is seeking a Fellow to conduct research at the intersection of climate science and invasive species management to contribute to prioritizing management action in the face of climate change across the U.S. As a member of the RISCC network, the Fellow will collaborate in stakeholder-driven research and engage in actionable science and science communication that serves the network.

Application deadline August 1, 2022, 3:00 p.m. EST

Executive Director (Western New York Land Conservancy)

The executive director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Land Conservancy’s staff and programs and the execution of its mission. This position reports to the board of directors, manages five direct reports, and oversees a total staff team of 16. It is based in East Aurora, New York.

Open until filled. Interviews will start in August 2022.

Extension Ornamental Entomologist (University of Tennessee Entomology and Plant Pathology Department)

Twelve-month, tenure-track, assistant professor in the Entomology and Plant Pathology Department, with particular emphasis on diagnosing and managing arthropod pests of ornamental plants, nursery plants, and turf in commercial and residential, natural, and managed systems.

Position available beginning September 1, 2022. Applicant screening will begin August 1 and continue until the position is filled.

Extension Ornamental Plant Pathologist (University of Tennessee Entomology and Plant Pathology Department)

Twelve-month, tenure-track, assistant professor in the Entomology and Plant Pathology Department, with particular emphasis on diagnosing and managing diseases of ornamental plants, nursery plants, and turf in commercial and residential, natural, or managed systems.

Position available beginning September 1, 2022. Applicant screening will begin August 1 and continue until the position is filled.

Grape IPM Coordinator (New York State IPM Program)

As an innovative and experienced educator, you will expand knowledge and access to sustainable pest management practices in grape agroecosystems. You will work collaboratively, across disciplines, and with a variety of stakeholders, to develop, demonstrate, and guide IPM implementation efforts in grapes across New York State, the third-largest wine-producing state in the nation.

Application deadline September 1, 2022.

Extension State Specialist, Soil Health (University of New Hampshire Extension)

The UNH Extension state specialist in soil health provides statewide leadership in soil health and fertility in agricultural systems. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position based at the University of New Hampshire’s Durham, NH, campus. It is a non-tenure track, 100% extension appointment. The specialist will oversee the UNH Soil Testing Service, maintaining and updating associated fertility recommendations. PhD in soil science, agronomy, or a related discipline with an emphasis in soil nutrient management, soil biology, or environmental soil chemistry in preferred. A strong candidate with an MS degree and extensive experience may be considered. Contact Extension Food & Agriculture Program team leader Amy Papineau (603-272-6497, amy.papineau@unh.edu).

Open until filled.

Extension State Specialist, Entomology and Integrated Pest Management (University of New Hampshire Extension)

Position based at University of New Hampshire's Durham campus.

The extension state specialist in entomology and IPM provides statewide leadership in agricultural IPM, undertaking engaged outreach as the state’s IPM coordinator and serving as project director on extension’s federally funded IPM Extension Implementation Plan. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position based at the University of New Hampshire’s Durham, NH, campus. It is a non-tenure-track, 100% extension appointment.

Open until filled.

Extension State Specialist, Plant Pathology (University of New Hampshire Extension)

The extension state specialist in plant pathology directs and operates all aspects of the UNH Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab, including diagnosis of plant health problems and communication of results, maintaining sample information and data, and supervising staff. The lab provides diagnostic services for plant health issues for commercial producers, home horticulturists, landscapers, turf managers, arborists, extension staff, state and regulatory agencies, and others, and is a member of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN). This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position located on the University of New Hampshire’s Durham, NH, campus. It is a non-tenure track, 100% extension appointment. Contact Extension Food & Agriculture Program team leader Amy Papineau (603-272-6497, amy.papineau@unh.edu)

Open until filled.

Funding Opportunities

Call for Research Proposals 2022 (The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF))

TACF is pleased to announce its 2022 request for research proposals. We will entertain any proposal concerned with the myriad of aspects involved in chestnut restoration that address our core mission to return the iconic American chestnut to its native range. This is a small grants program. TACF does not ordinarily fund projects in excess of $10,000.

Proposals must be sent via email attachment to externalgrants@acf.org by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 1, 2022.

Call for Preproposals (Northeast SARE)

Northeast SARE is accepting preproposals for three programs: Research and Education ($30 - $250k), Research for Novel Approaches ($30k - $200k), and Professional Development ($30k - $150k)

Interested in learning what it takes to write a successful preproposal? Northeast SARE held an informational webinar on June 23 and the recording is online. Shorter clips from that webinar, focusing on the various individual grant programs, are also available on the Northeast SARE YouTube channel.

Preproposals due by August 2, 2022.