Plant Management Network News
Number 80: September 17, 2008

American Society of Agronomy  The American Phytopathological Society  Crop Science Society of America

PMN Joint Executive Committee Formed

PMN Joint Executive Committee Members are, left to right, Tom Gerik (CSSA), Texas AgriLife Research; Bill Hutchison (Entomological Society of America and AC chair), University of Minnesota; Roch Gaussoin (CSSA), University of Nebraska; Howard Brown (ASA), GROWMARK, Inc.; Dennis Gross (APS), Texas A&M University; Brian Olson (APS), Dow AgroSciences; Fran Katz (staff); Miles Wimer (staff); and Todd Peterson (ASA and JEC chair), Pioneer Hi-Bred International.

Under a recent cooperative agreement, Plant Management Network (PMN) is now jointly managed by the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and American Phytopathological Society (APS). The three societies have been collaborating the last several years on the publication of PMN’s four principal peer-reviewed journals. As the scope of PMN’s applied multidisciplinary resources has grown, so has the need for more diverse oversight and development, as well as a need for stronger recognition of the contributions of the participating societies. Hence, oversight is now provided by a newly formed Joint Executive Committee (JEC), which first met in St. Paul, MN, August 19-20, 2008. The JEC consists of two members from each of the societies, the chair of a preexisting PMN Advisory Council (AC) that represents the interests of several other partnering societies, and professional staff. The JEC’s charge is to provide overall strategic direction and development for PMN; to ensure that PMN supports the interests of the partner societies; to optimize maximum value to PMN’s key audiences; to propose and initiate new PMN initiatives; and to oversee PMN’s long-term financial success. The JEC may be contacted at

PMN Offers Webcast on Soybean Diseases Caused by Seedborne Pathogens

PMN’s Focus on Soybean, has added a new webcast, Seedborne Pathogens of Soybean by Gary Munkvold, Iowa State University. Diseases caused by seedborne pathogens can cause significant yield loss, reduce seed quality, and/or create obstacles to seed export because of phytosanitary concerns.

Call for Papers: Food Security

The International Society for Plant Pathology and Springer announce a new journal for 2009, Food Security: The Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food. The journal seeks to address the constraints which not only limit food production but also the ability of people to access a healthy diet. See the call for papers to learn more.

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*National Program Leader (Weed Science) Interdisciplinary
*Assistant Professor - Plant Pathology

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New Articles from
Plant Health Progress


Effect of Southern Root-knot Nematode (Meloidogyne incognita race 3) on Corn Yields in Alabama   Summary | Article


First Report of Colletotrichum dematium on Pongamia pinnata in India   Summary | 


Spinetoram: How Artificial Intelligence Combined Natural Fermentation with Synthetic Chemistry to Produce a New Spinosyn Insecticide   Article


Low Nitrogen Levels in Soil Reduce Exotic Plant Invasion and Protect Biodiversity   Article

Volunteer Cotton Plants Could Provide Winter Food, Shelter for Boll Weevil   Article

SDSU Publication: Managing Crop Diseases with Seed Treatments   Article

Shallow Flood Level Helps Manage Rice Water Weevil   Article

New Crop Model Should Speed Resistance to Wheat Diseases   Article


Tracking and Taming a Tomato Virus   Article

New Fungal Finding Could Mean Better Bio-Insecticide   Article

ARS Researchers Search for Casuarina Biological Control Agents   Article

Scout for Soybean Aphids   Article

Grain Moisture Measurements May Divert Mold, Insect Infestation   Article

A "Perfect Storm" of Wheat Stem Sawfly Caused Severe Crop Losses   Article

Minor Blue Mold Outbreak Reminds Farmers to Practice Caution   Article

Scientists Tie Chickpea Disease to Fungal Culprit   Article

New Articles from
Crop Management

The Economic Impacts of Disease Suppressive Rotations in Maine Potato Cropping Systems   Summary | Article

The Effects of Starter Nitrogen to Rice Seeded at Various Densities   Summary | 


Soybean Aphid Development on, and BCMV Transmission to, Otebo Dry Bean   Summary | Article


Standard Operating Protocol for Growing Transgenic Sunflower Plants in Contained Environments   Summary | Article


Crop Input Costs Continue Upward for 2009 Growing Season   Article

Strategies Available to Help Soybean Growers Reduce Harvest Losses   Article

NDSU Offers Postharvest Tips for Later-maturing Corn   Article

Lesotho Implements UT No-till Practices   Article

Managing Cover Crops with Rolling and Crimping Techniques   Article

Pioneer Hi-Bred FIT Mapping Combines Product-Specific Information with Yield Performance   Article

New GoldSky Herbicide from Dow AgroSciences Receives Federal Label Registration   Article

Effective Grass Waterways Need Regular Maintenance   Article

Corn, Soybean Breeding Efforts Continue to Help Raise Yields in Louisiana   Article

SDSU Publication: 2008 Winter Wheat Yield Results and Planting Tips   Article

Herbicide Tolerance Sought for Southern Peas   Article

Can Biofuels be Sustainable?   Article

Pioneer, KSU Research Recommends Irrigating Through Grain-Filling Stage   Article

Mycogen Seeds Offers Four New Sunflower Hybrids for 2009   Article

Mycogen Seeds Offers 27 New Grain Corn Hybrids for 2009   Article

Dow AgroSciences Announces Name for New, Patent-pending Nitrogen Stabilizer   Article

Safeguard Wheat Profitability with Nitrogen Reference Strips   


New Articles from
Applied Turfgrass Science


‘Riviera’ Bermudagrass Response to Pre-seeding Applications of Sulfonylurea Herbicides   Summary | Article


English Lawn Daisies Have Finally Met Their Match   Article

Reduced Buffer Zone for Curfew Approved in Five States   Article

Rhizomatous Tall Fescue Not ‘Dream Lawn’ for Kansas   Article

Select Turfgrass Varieties on the Basis of Site, Use, Required Maintenance   Article

Don’t Apply Herbicides to Control Crabgrass This Late in the Year   


New Articles from
Forage and Grazinglands


Establishing Cool-season Perennial Grasses into Former Annual Grass Pastures in the Southern Great Plains   Summary | Article

Initial Nutritive Value and Utilization Affect Apparent Diet Quality of Grazed Forage   Summary | 


Researchers Look for Ways to Increase Pasture Productivity   Article

NDSU Offers Tips for Better Corn Silage   Article

Know Your Needs When Pricing Hay   Article

Pioneer Hi-Bred Offers Tips to Maximize Feedstock Quality   Article

Sericea Lespedeza
Control Time is Now   Article

Overgrazing Alters Pasture Plant Composition   Article

Testing Forages Will Pay Dividends   Article

Plant Identification Important in Range Monitoring   Article

Cow/Calf Production Costs on the Rise   Article

Control Hoary Alyssum in Horse Pastures   Article

Mycogen Seeds Introduces Nine New Silage Hybrids for 2009   Article

Fall Forage Harvesting   

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