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Issue 165: December 29, 2015 

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"From the Network" News

PMN Welcomes New Partner
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) represents more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through the state soybean checkoff and membership efforts. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, promotion, issues management and analysis, communications and education. Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmer interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C. ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace. For more information, visit

Writing Grants? PMN Can Help Facilitate Outreach
We provide measureable, impactful, and complementary communications for your outreach efforts by producing webcasts, information hubs, and other useful resources for applied scientists and practitioners.
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PMN Adds New Webcasts for CCA Credit…
Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) can now maintain certification through PMN webcasts. For just a small administrative fee charged through the CCA program, you can gain credit for viewing these presentations without the need to take a quiz:

Focus on Soybean

Big Data, Drones, and Their Uses in Agriculture

Focus on Potato

"It's Significant to Me!" The Purpose of Using Statistics in Agricultural Research

Optimizing Shank Injection Fumigation Using Metam Sodium

Managing Diseases with Biopesticides in Potato Production

Focus on Tomato

Tomato Crop Protection Series 1: Powdery Mildew and Curly Top

Tomato Crop Protection Series 2: Organic Weed Management and Viroids

Focus on Corn

Larval Corn Rootworm Management

Adult Corn Rootworm Suppression

CRW Biology and Behavior and RNA Interference as a Pest Management Tool

Resistance Evolution and IRM for Corn Rootworm

Re-learning CRW Management in the Transgenic Era

Focus on Cotton

Cotton Nutrition in the Southeastern U.S.       

Fertilizing for High-Yield Cotton

Whitefly Management and Prevention of Excess Sugars in Cotton

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"Focus on" Webcasts


Pythium Leak of Potato - Lyndon Porter, USDA-ARS 

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PMN Crop News


Independent Research Documents Yield Increases From Application of NutriSphere-N Through Irrigation Systems - Verdesian Life Sciences

Researchers Look for Ways to Slow Runoff, Soil Erosion in Farm Fields - Kansas State University

Responding to Your Soil Test Results - United Soybean Board

Researchers Eye Cover Crops, Fertilizer to Boost Water Quality - Kansas State University

New Seed Treatment Technology Accelerates Nutrient Uptake to Give Soybean, Corn and Wheat Crops a Head Start - Verdesian Life Sciences

Soil Health Has Its Benefits - United Soybean Board

Irrigation Method Saves 50 Percent of Water Needed for Potato Growth - University of Florida

Soybean Variety Tests Show Surprisingly Good Yields - University of Missouri

Crop Varieties

High Oleic Soybeans Introduced for 2016 Planting in Nebraska - United Soybean Board

Soybean Variety Suggestions for 2016 - Mississippi State University

Forage and Rangeland Management

Will Grassland Soil Weather a Change? - American Society of Agronomy

Researcher Studies Cover Crop Effects on Winter Pasture - The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation


Container-Grown Conifers Benefit From Irrigation Based on Daily Water Use - American Society of Horticultural Sciences

Best Basil Varieties for Hydroponic Greenhouse Production - American Society of Horticultural Sciences

How LED Lighting Treatments Affect Greenhouse Tomato Quality - American Society of Horticultural Sciences

Insect Pests / Entomology

Red Palm Weevils Can Fly 50 Kilometers in 24 Hours - Entomological Society of America-PIE Division

2016 Insect Control Guide Now Available - Mississippi State University

Four New Plant Bug Species Found in Australia - Entomological Society of America-PIE Division


DuPont Pioneer and Trimble Enable Wireless Data Transfer Between Encirca Services and Connected Farm - DuPont Pioneer

Scientists Study Plant-Microbe Interactions in Switchgrass - The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

Soy Industry Leaders Discuss Big Data Implications - Illinois Soybean Association

DuPont Pioneer, Ag Processing Announce New 2016 Pioneer Brand Plenish High Oleic Soybean Program - DuPont Pioneer

Plant Diseases

New Book Provides Diagnostic, Management Aid for Soybean Pests - The American Phytopathological Society

Did it Pay to Apply Foliar Fungicides in Soybeans - South Dakota State University

New APS PRESS Book Delivers Foundational Research for the Novel, Efficient, and Sustainable Management of Bacterial Plant Diseases - The American Phytopathological Society

Updated 2016 SE Strawberry IPM Guide Available - North Carolina State University

Devastating New Race of Banana Disease and its Wide-Ranging Impacts Highlighted in Phytopathology Journal Article  - The American Phytopathological Society

Phytopathology Journal Article Chronicles “Big Rust’s” Impact on Coffee Disease Management - The American Phytopathological Society

Weed Management

Texas Farmers Need to Continue to be ‘Vigilant’ With Herbicide-Resistant Weeds − Texas A&M University

Study on Genetically Engineered Crops Nears Completion - Weed Science Society of America

Herbicides, Not Insecticides are Biggest Threat to Bees - Mississippi State University

Dicamba Drift Affects Non-Target Plants and Pollinators - Penn State University

Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other: the Future of Weed Management? - Penn State University

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Featured Journal Articles

Plant Health Progress


Using Recombinant Inbred Lines to Monitor Changes in the Race Structure of Phytophthora capsici in Chile Pepper in New Mexico

Reaction of Sorghum Lines to Zonate Leaf Spot and Rough Leaf Spot

Effect of In-Furrow and Early-Season Banded Applications of Fungicides on Incidence of Early Leaf Spot of Peanut


First Report of Target Spot Caused by Corynespora cassiicola in Louisiana Cotton

First Report of Orobanche ludoviciana Parasitizing Sunflowers

First Report of Sudden Death Syndrome of Soybean Caused by Fusarium virguliforme in Louisiana


Crop, Forage & Turfgrass Management


Industrial Hemp Response to Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium Fertilization

Herbicides Applied at or Shortly after Seeding Are Effective for Weed Control in Seedling Buffalograss

Survey of Glyphosate- and Imazapic-Resistant Palmer Amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) in Florida

Input-based Stress Management Fails to Increase Soybean Yield in Kentucky

Drought-Tolerant Corn Hybrid Response to Nitrogen Application Rate in Ohio

Field Corn Response to Diclosulam

Phenolic Compounds Affect Bloat Potential of Wheat Forage

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Last Month's Most Popular Journal Articles

Plant Health Progress: Effectiveness of Nine Different Fungicides for Management of Crown and Root Rot of Chile Pepper Plants Caused by Phytophthora capsici 

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