IPM News and Events Roundup 7/29/2022

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

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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Volunteers Needed

CATSKILLCENTER is holding a volunteer day this coming Saturday, 7/30/2022, to pull the invasive mile-a-minute vine (Persicaria perfoliata) at an infestation discovered along the Charlotte Creek in Davenport, NY. This infestation is the largest known in the CRISP region at 3.6 acres. We'll be focusing on pulling vines growing along the creek and its tributaries.

The volunteer day will be from 9 am to 1 pm. Interested volunteers should plan to bring plenty of water, long pants, long sleeves, and a snack or lunch. We can provide gloves if needed.

Email Dan Snider-Nerp at dsnider-nerp@catskillcenter.org for details

Spotted Lanternfly Outreach

NYSIPM has been making great efforts this summer with their summer research intern, Krystal Dixon. Krystal is working out of the CCE Ulster office, under direct supervision of Jim O'Connell, the regional grape expert. Together they have set and monitored traps around the region. She has also worked in the field with the Hudson PRISM group, under the direction of Brent Boscarino. Krystal's independent research, under the direction of Brian Eshenaur and Jacob Leeser, has been to determine the survival time of SLF at indoors conditions without access to food to determine confirm the low risk of them being residential pests. – Thanks for the update, Jacob and the rest of the NYSIPM outreach team.

To help in the tracking of SLF in NYS, we are looking for dates of first observed egg masses this summer or fall.  If/when you find an egg mass, please send a quick email to dlo6@cornell.edu with date of detection and location (lat,lon). I need to validate and adjust the new SLF tracking model available here https://newa.cornell.edu/spotted-lanternfly which is based on 2021 published research.

Helpful links:

SLF pest alert

Report SLF sighting in NYS

New York State Integrated Pest Management

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

Have you seen a SLF check sheet

SLF Management Calendar

Other News

Ohio Vector-Borne Disease Update (Ohio Department of Health)The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Zoonotic Disease Program, in partnership with ODH Laboratory, local public health partners, and sanitary district partners, conducts statewide vector-borne disease surveillance which includes monitoring for human and veterinary cases.

Invasive Spotted Lanternfly stopped at CDFA Border Station (California Department of Food and Agriculture)Personnel at CDFA’s Border Inspection Station at Truckee recently detected lanternfly egg masses on a trailer carrying firewood from New Jersey

West Nile Virus Confirmed in Mosquitoes from Three Pittsburgh Neighborhoods (PCT Online)Mosquitoes collected by the Allegheny County Health Department in the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Point Breeze, the North Side and Wilkinsburg Borough have tested positive for West Nile virus.

Colin Carlson Works to Predict and Prevent Viral Spillover (The Scientist.com)

The Georgetown University biologist studies how climate change contributes to the emergence of new zoonotic threats.

Alarming surprises surface in EPA's atrazine proposal (Morning Ag Clips | July 25, 2022)

If adopted, the proposal would place severe restrictions on most farmers who have safely used the popular herbicide for more than 60 years.

Entomologists seek safer pest management tech for NYS (Cornell Chronicle | July 19, 2022)

Specialty crop entomologists from Cornell AgriTech and the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYSIPM) will use a three-year, $450,000 grant from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to evaluate alternatives for controlling insect pests that threaten the state’s $1.4 billion specialty crop industry.

Meet the Earth Worms of New York State (New York Invasive Species Research Institute)

New York State is home to about 30 different species of earthworms, although only five are native to

North America.

PestTalks | July 21, 2022 Issue

In this issue - New SLF Quarantine; New IR-4 Report: Efficacy Against Beetles & Borers

First 2022 Corn Tar Spot in Pennsylvania Found (PennState Extension)

After a few weeks of diligent scouting on the part of private and Extension agronomists, the first positively identified tar spot lesions of 2022 were discovered today in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.


Corn Leaf Aphid, an Argument Against Tank Mixing Insecticides (PennState Extension)

Adding insecticides unnecessarily to sprayers can result in large aphid populations.

Webinars, Seminars, Meetings, and More

Master Composter Program

Registration is now open for UVM Extension's Vermont Master Composter course, designed to teach the basics of backyard composting.

The online course opens on September 2. Topics to be covered include the biology of composting, soil and decomposition ecology, site and container selection, compost "recipes," the compost process, troubleshooting, disease control, worm composting and Vermont's Universal Recycling Law (Act 148). The course runs for eight weeks and course materials will be available to participants until December 2.

Registration and fee associated

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)

48th NOFA Summer Conference

August 5-7, 2022 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA

The 48th annual NOFA Summer Conference is slated for the weekend of August 5-7, 2022 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Over 60 educational workshops, panel discussions, roundtables and a keynote session, a conference for children, entertainment opportunities and more.

Nematode Field Day

Thursday, August 18, 2022 3:00-6:00 p.m. University of Delaware

Carvel Research & Education Center 16483 County Seat Hwy, Georgetown, DE

Interested in learning more about nematodes? This field day will cover nematodes of concern in agronomic and vegetable crops, highlight ongoing research, and end with a boxed dinner. Details on registration coming soon!

tHRIVe web series (Horticultural Research Institute)

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

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

Foundations of Invasive Species Management Certificate Course

The Foundations of Invasive Species (FIS) Management Certificate Course is an asynchronous, professional, online course that was created to provide you with a well-rounded basis in invasive species management. Experts from the North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) have carefully curated this content just for you!

Fee Associated

The 2022 Food Use Workshop

The 2022 Food Use Workshop will take place September 13 – 15 in Bloomington, Minnesota. Research priorities for residue, product performance, and integrated solutions studies for 2023 will be identified during this workshop.

Fee associated. Register by September 1, 2022

Employment Opportunities

Grape IPM Coordinator (New York State IPM Program)

  1. Announcement page: https://blogs.cornell.edu/nysipm/2022/07/01/grape-ipm-coordinator-position-opening/
  2. Application page: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/21986

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.

CCE of Seneca County Environmental/Natural Resource Educator – Waterloo, NY

Seneca, Cayuga, and Schuyler are combining forces and are seeking a Master’s level Environmental/Natural Resources Educator. The Educator serves as an influential subject matter expert working with CCE staff, youth, and volunteers, as well as partner organizations, governmental offices, members of the public, and others. This position works independently and with limited supervision, influencing policies and decisions for the Association. The Educator reports to, and is located in CCE of Seneca County, with programmatic oversight and guidance from CCE of Cayuga and Schuyler counties.

Application deadline 11:59 pm on 8/4/2022

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.

USGS Fellowship on Climate Change and Invasive Species Research Prioritization

A research opportunity is currently available with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The position will ideally be located at the U.S. Geological Survey Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC) office on the campus of University of Massachusetts in Amherst, in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts.

Applications due August 1, 2022

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.