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Issue 192: February 1, 2019
EditorsPick_PMNUpdate192.jpegEditor’s Pick
Ralstonia solanacearum Species Complex: A Quick Diagnostic Guide,” by Garcia, Kerns, and Thiessen, provides methods of isolation, storage, and identification of this bacterium for diagnosticians and others interested in this important disease complex. —Pamela D. Roberts, Editor-in-Chief, Plant Health Progress
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In “Biofumigation: Opportunities and Challenges for Control of Soilborne Diseases in Nursery Production,” Baysal-Gurel et al. discuss using biofumigant cover crops to manage soilborne diseases in the production of woody ornamentals. This is a new area of research.
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Five new webcasts present the latest knowledge about the wheat–mite–virus complex and make recommendations for reducing the risk of disease and increasing growers’ ability to make efficient management decisions that will reduce both costs and impacts of the virus. Gary L. Hein, Charlie Rush, Erick De Wolf, Stephen Wegulo, and Mary Burrows report findings from a USDA–NIFA grant project that extended across the Great Plains from Montana to Texas.
Focus on Cotton
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In “Saving Energy in Cotton Gins,” Paul A. Funk makes energy-saving recommendations based on energy audits and monitoring studies conducted at more than 30 commercial cotton gins across the U.S. Cotton Belt.
The principles that underlie soil health management are the same across ecoregions, but practices must be optimized for specific conditions. Katie L. Lewis discusses soil health management in terms of cotton production in the semi-arid Texas Southern High Plains, where 25% of U.S. cotton is produced.
View 12 presentations and two panel discussions from the 2018 meeting of the West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute (WTACI), whose mission is to support education and research programs that promote the safe and effective use of agricultural chemicals and that protect and preserve the area’s natural resources. Presentation topics include federal regulatory policy, pest management, irrigation management, and weed control, among others.
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PMN is scheduling grant outreach webcasts throughout 2019. To get your webcast on the production calendar, contact Sue Freese, Strategic Product Development Manager (


AgriLife Expert: Cotton Producers Should Reassess Planting Populations - Texas A&M University

What Is the Value of Soybean Residue? - University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Crop Genetics

Plant Immune Response Blueprint Found; Disease Resistance Targeted - Washington State University

Forage and Rangeland Management

Making Hay Stretch - Penn State University


Build a Foundation for Plentiful Potatoes - Bayer CropScience

Plant Disease

Agdia Launches Rapid Molecular Assay to Detect Dickeya spp. Causing Blackleg Disease on Potato - Agdia

Weed Management

Valent U.S.A. Receives U.S. EPA Approval for Liquid Formulation Fierce MTZ Herbicide - Valent U.S.A.

The deadly citrus disease known as HLB (huanglongbing), discovered in Florida in 2005, has now been reported from all the state’s major production counties. Learn about the diagnosis, epidemiology, and management of HLB and hear the story of one Florida grower, as told by authors J. Chen, M. M. Dewdney, and M. L. Gleason.
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Watch for publication of the first submission of PDMR, Vol. 13, on February 11.
FarmersGuides_PMNUpdate192(2).jpgBest-Selling Books of 2018
Ranked #1 and #3 for 2018 are A Farmer’s Guide to Corn Diseases (Wise et al., eds.) and A Farmer’s Guide to Soybean Diseases (Mueller et al., eds.). Both books provide nontechnical guidance for diagnosing and managing common diseases and disorders. Order these and other best-sellers in the APS PRESS online bookstore.
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