IPM News and Events Roundup 7/9/21

A weekly collection of IPM news, webinars, employment and funding opportunities and more from the NE IPM Center.  If you have IPM-related research, events or other IPM news you would like to have included, please email me at nec2@cornell.edu. If you would like to subscribe to the weekly Roundup, please email northeastipm@cornell.edu. Past Roundups are archived here.


Western IPM Center announces the appointment of Matt Bauer to the Director position

After leading the Western Integrated Pest Management Center through the global COVID crisis as acting director, Matt Baur has been named permanent director to lead the Center into the post-pandemic future. Baur, an IPM practitioner and entomologist by training, had been the Western IPM Center’s associate director since 2014. Read Matt’s statement to stakeholders: Putting the “I” back into IPM


Western IPM Center July Newsletter is available.

See features on Managing wildland weeds without herbicides, a plague of grasshoppers and more.


Best Management Practices for Non-Chemical Weed Control

This manual provides comprehensive descriptions of 21 commonly used non-chemical weed control techniques and of biological control agents for 18 weed species/species groups that will help you as a practitioner treat weeds more effectively.


USDA-NIFA Director’s update

Announces a new Capacity Grants flowchart as well as an update on the CAFÉ Dashboard. 


Producers Can Now hay, graze and Chop Cover Crops anytime and Still Receive full Prevented Planting Payment

Agricultural producers with crop insurance can hay, graze or chop cover crops for silage, haylage or baleage at any time and still receive 100% of the prevented planting payment. Previously, cover crops could only be hayed, grazed or chopped after November 1, otherwise the prevented planting payment was reduced by 65%.


Plant Invaders of the Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas, 6th Edition available for pre-order

The Maryland Invasive Species Council is pleased to announce that the 6th edition of Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas will be printed soon. Orders need to be submitted by August 13, 2021 so that the printer knows how many books to produce. If you are interested, be sure to stock up. This will be your only opportunity to place an order in 2021, as they don't expect another reprint for several years.

Invasive Species:

Spotted Lanternfly News:

Letter from New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher

New Jersey residents continue to be extremely concerned about the invasive Spotted Lanternfly  (SLF), leading the New Jersey Department of Agriculture to field many phone calls, emails, and  other messages asking what residents can do when they find SLF in their communities.


Deadly Poison Hemlock and Spotted Water Hemlock found in Delaware

The Delaware Department of Agriculture is warning all residents about two deadly species of hemlock recently found in Sussex County. Environmental scientists have confirmed the presence of poison hemlock (Conicum maculatum) and spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata). All parts of the plants – leaves, stems, flowers, and roots – are poisonous to humans and animals. Both the poison hemlock and spotted water hemlock were found in wetland areas in Sussex County.


Diversity and Seasonality of host-seeking ticks in a periurban environment in the Central Midwest

“Even though we are already seeing these changes …it’s such a slow-progressing thing we don’t feel it right away,” said Ram Raghavan, a University of Missouri epidemiologist who recently completed a three-year field study of ticks in Pittsburg, Kansas, near Joplin.

Raghavan and a former graduate student wanted to paint a comprehensive picture of what kind of ticks were present in the area, how many there were and when they were most active. They ultimately collected and catalogued nearly 16,000 ticks. Article here.


Antimicrobial Resistance hidden within Multiserovar Salmonella Populations

The study showed that 60% of cattle fecal samples contained multiple strains of salmonella that traditional testing methods missed. More alarmingly, Shariat found that about one out of every 10 samples tested positive for a drug-resistant strain of salmonella called Salmonella Reading. In addition to being antibiotic resistant, Salmonella Reading can cause severe illness in people. Article here.

Webinars, Conferences, Meetings and more:

Conservation Reserve Program for Grasslands of NYJuly 21, 10am ET

CRP Grasslands helps landowners and operators protect grassland, including rangeland, and pastureland and certain other lands, while maintaining the areas as grazing lands. Protecting grasslands contributes positively to the economy of many regions, provides biodiversity of plant and animal populations, and improves environmental quality. Therefore, it is a very beneficial program for livestock and dairy farmers who graze their animals.


Best Management Practices for Pesticide ApplicatorsJuly 21, 1pm CT

To use pesticides legally and efficaciously the first step is to identify the pest. Then determine your pest management strategy. If a pesticide or mixture of pesticides is the best choice, the pest manager must read, understand and follow the pesticide product’s label. This presentation will “walk-through” a number of key label statements. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of assuring the site is allowed on the label, environmental hazard statements, mixing compatibility and jar tests, and sprayer clean-up procedures.


Rodent Control in Commercial PropertiesAug 4, 8am-12noon, CT, Virtual 

If you are Registered Sanitarian or Code Enforcement Officer we invite to participate in this 4 hour workshop on rodents and what to look for when you are inspecting properties. Presenters Janet Hurly, Texas A&M Extension, Timmy Maderas and Claudia Riegel, City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and  Rodent Control Board


Tick IPM Working Group hosts the second annual Tick AcademySept 13-15, virtual

Participants will learn from and be able to ask questions of world-class tick experts. The Tick Academy is the premier event for researchers, educators, students, public health professionals, pest control professionals, public-space managers and citizen scientists interested in learning more about what they can do to stop the spread of ticks and tickborne diseases in their communities.  The event will feature twelve presentations over three, four-hour sessions where presenters will share the newest information about tick management, tickborne disease prevention, recent discoveries of emerging pathogens, public perceptions of risk, diversity, identification of ticks and ongoing research on control and vaccine developments.

Employment Opportunities:

IPM Entomologist III, Maine Dept of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Augusta, ME

This position provides leadership for IPM advancement with the goal of improving pest management while minimizing reliance on pesticides in Maine. Leads program to promote and facilitate adoption of Integrated Pest Management in Maine schools with goal of providing a healthy learning environment for Maine children while minimizing use of pesticides. Identifies and prioritizes needs and opportunities to support adoption of IPM in agricultural settings with goal of minimizing reliance on pesticides while improving or maintaining producer viability via reduced production costs and/or improved quality and quantity of products.