IPM News and Events Roundup 8/12/2022

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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Spotted Lanternfly Outreach

If you are Headed Through NYS Check for Hitchhikers! (WBNG News | August 5,2022)

With summer festivities in full swing, Broome County, NY is asking everyone to be vigilant and keep an eye out for SLF.

New Yorkers are Under Scientists’ Orders to Kill Without Mercy! (NY Times | August 7, 2022

The spotted lanternfly, an invasive pest that ecologists have urged the populace to squish on sight, is back, infesting the New York City area.

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 myself, Dan Olmstead @ 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

Maine Browntail Moth Update #10 (Maine.gov |August 4, 2022)

Maine forest service give update on Browntail Moth

Rutgers Scientist Tracking Dramatic Bee Decline (Morning Ag | August 7, 2022)

Scientist are wondering if bee decline in NJ, and PA is a natural phenomenon or a warning about a future threat to the world’s food supply.

Vespa mandarina or What We Know as the Asian Giant Hornet gets a New Name (Washington Ag.gov)

Incredible video of what is now known as the Northern Giant Hornet attacking European Honeybees

Soybean Sentinel Plot Report (Penn State Extension)

Penn State Extension Educators are regularly scouting about 25 'typical' soybean fields in about 20 counties across the state, reporting the populations of plant pathogens and insect pests that they find.

How Late can Herbicides be Applied to Soybean and Corn? (Penn State Extension)

Herbicides applied late are usually not as effective since the weeds are well beyond the recommended stage of growth for best control. Furthermore, be aware of special application restrictions if the crops are being used as a forage. Illegal herbicide residues can result if specific application timing and other label guidelines are not followed. 

Western PA Reports Fields Showing Symptoms of Sudden Death Syndrome or Brown Stem Rot (Penn State Extension)

During scouting, you should look closely at the symptoms and ensure you correctly identify and differentiate the symptoms and signs causing the issue before making any recommendations. Long-term best management begins with the identification of the disease.

Integrate Your Insecticide Rotation in the Greenhouse with Biological Control  ((J.C.) Chong | August 1, 2022)

As part of an integrated pest management program, biological control is a great way to delay the development of pesticide resistance.

This Week’s Edition of Pest Talks ((J.C.) Chong | August 8, 2022)

Drench vs. Japanese Beetles | SLF Predictive Model | Carpenter Bee Survey | Monarch Butterfly Red-listed | Butterfly Garden Webinar

Common Weed May Hold the Key to Drought Resistance (Morning Ag | August 8, 2022)

Yale scientists describe how Portulaca oleracea, commonly known as purslane, integrates two distinct metabolic pathways to create a novel type of photosynthesis that enables the weed to endure drought while remaining highly productive.

Are You Prepared for an FMD Outbreak? (Morning Ag | August 7, 2022)

American Sheep Industry Association developed the Secure Sheep and Wool Plan with enhanced biosecurity tools and more.  The SSWS Plan was developed to help producers protect their flocks from FMD and voluntarily prepare before an FMD outbreak, rather during the chaos of an outbreak. The plan provides guidance for producers who have sheep with no evidence of FMD infection to meet movement permit requirements.

Figuring Out How Wild Wheat Keeps Insects at Bay (Technology Networks |August 9, 2022)

Wheat is a staple crop that provides 20% of the world population's caloric and human protein intake. Although wheat is essential for human and livestock diets, these plants are continuously preyed upon by insect herbivores which often cause severe damage and result in significant losses in yield.

Benefield: Bird Lovers Instituting Safety Measures Against Avian Flu (The Press Democrat | August 3, 2022)

Officials said the strain of the bird flu poses minimal risk to humans, but people are asked to take precautions if they encounter dead birds or birds showings signs of confusion, diarrhea, coughing and sneezing.


Webinars, Seminars, Meetings, and More

University of Connecticut Hosting Biological Control Conference

University of Connecticut Extension is hosting a one-day Greenhouse Biological Control Conference on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, at the Jones Auditorium, The Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station in New Haven, CT.

Pre-registration is required

Free Mental Health First Aid Training for Ag Community in Livingston Co.

NY FarmNet and CCE Livingston County will offer a free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course on August 30th from 9am – 4pm. The training will be held at the Livingston County Building 1 Conference Center located at 1 Murray Hill Drive in Mt. Morris. Farmers, agribusiness workers, and anyone who interacts with the agricultural community is encouraged to attend this free training.

Free lunch provided

BGRI (Borlaug Global Rust Initiative) Technical Workshop to be held Sept. 9 with International Wheat Congress

At the workshop, presenters from around the globe will lead in-depth talks and discussions on critical areas of wheat science, including plant breeding, pathogen surveillance, climate resilience/abiotic stresses, seed systems and variety adoption. Alison Bentley, director of the Global Wheat Program at CIMMYT, will provide the keynote address. 

Free Registration

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:

  • 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)

Nematode Field Day (University of Delaware)

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.

The 2022 Food Use Workshop (Bloomington, Minnesota)

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

Research Weed Scientist  (Department of Agriculture)

The incumbent is a Research Agronomist focused on weed management at the North Central Soil Conservation Research Laboratory in Morris, MN. The goal is to develop sustainable and resilient agricultural management strategies and cropping systems in northern climates through stewardship of Upper Midwest soil and air resources through regionally adapted management practices.

Application deadline August 15, 2022

Research Weed Agronomist (Department of Agriculture)

Research focused on managing the emerging threat of herbicide-resistant weeds in sugar beet with an emphasis on advanced technologies for weed identification and targeted applications that integrate multiple management tactics.

Application deadline August 15, 2022

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.

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.