Plant Management Network News
Number 78: July 23, 2008

Rutgers Is PMN’s 33rd Land-Grant Partner

PMN welcomes the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences as its newest university partner. The school is a unit of Rutgers University located on the George H. Cook Campus in New Brunswick, NJ. In line with Rutgers' strong land-grant tradition, faculty pursue mission-based teaching, research, and outreach that address real-world problems, and encourage students to adopt the same mission-based approach to their educational experience. Undergraduate programs are designed to promote the multidisciplinary study of challenges facing society in areas that cover the biological spectrum from organisms to ecosystems. Students have access to quality classroom experiences, and also participate with faculty in world-class research projects. They also are able to work with faculty of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. More>>

Focus on Soybean Offers 2 New Webcasts, One with Video

PMN’s educational resource, Focus on Soybean, has added two new webcasts related to the use and application of foliar fungicides. One is Use of Foliar Applied Fungicides for Soybean in the North Central U.S. by Paul D. Esker, University of Wisconsin-Madison. The other, Application Technology Research for Asian Soybean Rust Management by Richard C. Derksen, USDA-ARS, is the first PMN webcast to incorporate video into select slides.

PMN Has Fourth Consecutive Month of Record Site Traffic

Each of the last four months has constituted a new record for Plant Management Network site traffic. Visitors in June 2008 were up a whopping 33% with a record 48,426 site visitors. By contrast, visitors in May were 36,343, which was in itself a record.

PHP Editor’s Pick

Sorghum ergot is a threat to the hybrid seed industry. Male-sterile sorghum lines used in seed production are very susceptible, especially if pollination is delayed. Most sources of ergot resistance are not stable across environments and presently no source of resistance is available. This Editor’s Pick is about the search for this elusive resistance.

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New Articles from
Applied Turfgrass Science


Roughstalk Bluegrass and Tall Fescue Control in Kentucky Bluegrass with Sulfosulfuron   Summary | Article


Is This Plant a Weed?   Article

Golfers and Golf Courses Benefit from the Use of Native Grasses in Roughs   Article

RedWing Herbicide is the Latest Addition to the Phoenix Environmental Care LLC Product Line   Article

New Farm Bill Provides Opportunities for Turfgrass Researchers and Turfgrass Sod Producers  

New Articles from
Plant Health Progress


The Effect of Warming Winter Temperatures on the Severity of Pierce’s Disease in the Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont of the Southeastern United States   Summary | Article


Characterization of Iris yellow spot virus from Onion in Arizona   Summary | Article

First Report of Powdery Mildew of Chickpea (Cicer arietinum) Caused by Leveillula taurica in Washington State   Summary | 


Combating Common Pests of Cucumbers, Melons and Squash   Article

Gray Leaf Spot in Kansas Corn Near Epidemic Levels in Some Areas  

Western Bean Cutworm Expands Its Reach   Article

Corn Producers Now Should Scout for Leaf Aphids   Article

Late Spring Shifts Activities of Miller Moths and Other Insects   Article

The Entomological Foundation Announces the Pioneer Hi-Bred International Graduate Student Fellowship Program   Article

Pioneer Hi-Bred Researcher Cites Scouting Tips for Monitoring Asian Soybean Rust   Article

Downy Mildew Confirmed in Michigan Cucumber Field   Article

Tree-Killing Fungus Officially Named by Scientists at ISU, Other Institutions   Article

Information Available on Asian Citrus Psyllid Discovered in Tijuana   Article

Colorado Keeps a Watchful Eye Out for Emerald Ash Borer and Gypsy Moth   Article

APS PRESS Announces New Phytophthora Identification Key  

New Articles from
Forage and Grazinglands


Delayed Glyphosate Application Doesn’t Reduce Plant Density of Glyphosate-Tolerant Alfalfa   Summary | Article


Harvest and Conversion Systems for Producing Energy from Switchgrass: Logistic and Economic Considerations   Summary | Article


Extend Grazing Season by Stockpiling Grass   Article

‘Tis the Season: Horse Owners Should be Alert for Hoary Alyssum in Pastures   Article

Grazing Cattle Year-Round Pays Off   Article

Beware of Nitrate Poisoning in Livestock   Article

Milk Goes Green: Cows Fed Biotech Product Reduce Agriculture's Environmental Impact   Article

Latest NDSU Beef Cattle, Range Research Available Online   Article

Goats Can Be Too Much of a Good Thing for Pastures   Article

New Articles from
Crop Management

Herbaceous Field Borders have Minor Impact on Corn Yield   Summary | Article

Texas Gulf Coast Soybean Yield Affected by Soybean Variety and Planting Date   Summary | Article


Volunteer Corn in Northern Indiana Soybean Correlates to Glyphosate-Resistant Corn Adoption    Summary | Article


Role of Winter Annual Weeds as Alternative Hosts for Soybean Cyst Nematode   Summary | Article


Switchgrass May Mean Better Soil   Article

Precision Fertilizer Rates May Help Sugarcane Farmers Save Money   Article

Silking Puts Corn Yield at Mercy of Fall Weather   Article

Pioneer Brand Soybeans from DuPont Deliver Step-Change in Soybean Yield   Article

Crop Management: How Small Do We Go?   Article

Improving Swine Waste Fertilizer   Article

Plant Soybean Crop in July, Says MU Agronomist   Article

LSU AgCenter Scientists Tackle Weed, Insect, Nematode Problems in Northeast Louisiana   Article

Researchers Test Mulches as Part of Project to Develop Nutsedge Suppression System   Article

Corn Replanting Carries Major Risks, Says ISU Agronomist   Article

Supporting Small Farm Success with Shiitakes  

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