Pest Control

Flea beetles feeding, tomato early blight seen in Pennsylvania

I visited a few tomato fields this week and found 2 to 4-week-old tomato plants with some early blight (Alternaria solani) and in some cases bad early blight lesions. This is very early in the... more »

First Medfly threat a significant memory for longtime California official

California's first Medfly threat is a significant memory for longtime official James Deese. He recalled the circumstances recently in a video series from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Deese served in a... more »

Genetics, sprays, IPM methods help Florida tomatoes

Florida tomato growers are arming themselves with a wider arsenal of tools for the annual fight against whiteflies and the virus they carry. Genetic traits, new chemical sprays and integrated pest management (IPM) techniques all... more »

Controls curtail bird damage in sweet corn

Sweet corn fields nearing harvest hold much promise – for birds as well as growers. “We asked our sweet corn growers what is their biggest pest issue. Eighty-four percent said birds,” said Marion Zuefle, Cornell... more »

Info on ag pests, disease more accessible on new website

Each year, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) must respond to new threats to America’s agricultural and natural resources often in the form of invasive species or emerging diseases. To raise awareness... more »


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