Monthly Archives: April 2017

IPM Field Meeting – 5/1/2017

Date: Monday, May 1 Time: 9 amLocation: Near Port Lavaca at the Intersection of FM 1679 and Sanders Rd. Topics: Crop development and pest management will be discussed CEUs: 1 hour CEU will be provided.

Sugarcane Aphids in Grain Sorghum of the Texas Coast – 4/28/2017

The sugarcane aphid is now being found in grain sorghum fields of Calhoun, Refugio and Victoria Counties.  However, I have yet to see this aphid in numbers greater than 5 per leaf.  I expect their numbers will increase over the next few weeks and we will see economic levels in May. Several effective economic thresholds have been suggested for this pest.  I think all of them are similar and will result in field treatment at about the same time. To manage the sugarcane aphid, choose from these thresholds:… Read More →

Cotton Fleahopper in Young Cotton – 4/28/2017

We have squaring cotton on the Texas Coast and that means we need to be scouting fields for cotton fleahopper. While other pests are present, such as aphids and thrips, the cotton fleahopper has the greatest potential to reduce yield or delay harvest. Aphids are substantially below a treatment threshold of 50 aphids per leaf and most cotton is beyond the damage window for thrips. The cotton fleahopper economic threshold I use is 15 cotton fleahoppers per 100 plants.  I do not distinguish between adults and nymphs for… Read More →

IPM Field Meeting 4-19

Date: Wednesday, April 5 Time: 9 am Location: Intersection of FM 2433 and Gin Rd. Topics: Dr. Josh McGinty will lead a discussion on weed management in corn. IPM will be discussed by Stephen Biles CEUs: 1 hour CEU will be provided. A herbicide trial was conducted by Dr. McGinty at this location to evaluate different herbicides for control of smellmelon in corn.

2017 Corpus Christi Agriculture Symposium

On Tuesday April 18th the 2017 Corpus Christi Agriculture Symposium will be held from 7:30am-12:15pm at the Calhoun County AgriLife Extension Office Auditorium. 186 Henry Barber Way Port Lavaca, TX 77979. 2 IPM CEU’s will be offered. The cost is $10. This symposium will be held by webinar, you do not have to bring a laptop. Agenda 7:30-8:00 am  REGISTRATION 8:00: The Use of Drones in Ranching – Dr. Megan Clayton, Extension Range Specialist 8:30: Weed Management Update– Dr. Joshua McGinty, Extension Agronomist 9:00: Managing Sugarcane Aphid with… Read More →