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December 12, 2016

In recent years, the only method for recertification for commercial applicators for category 1D Fruit and Vegetable Pest Control was through exam while private applicators could recertify through testing or by attending continuing instructional courses (CICs) designed for corn and soybean producers.  New this year, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship – Pesticide Bureau has granted approval for recertification credits for fruit and vegetable commercial and private pesticide applicators at the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Conference.

March 5, 2016

Update:
Link to recorded video conference and handouts plus Calculating Growing Degree days how-to and excel file.

September 24, 2015

ISU has the resources you need to make smart cover crop decisions in specialty crops

Cover Crops Field Guide

Cover Crops in Vegetable Production Systems

September 24, 2015

Summer seasonal pests have emerged including squash bugs and stink bugs.  However, for the most part, population numbers are fairly low compared to other years.  For squash bugs, controlling nymphs early, often, and with the right product is the key to managing their populations.  Nymphs, just after hatch, are susceptible to insecticides but as they mature they grow out of their insecticide susceptibility.  Economic thresholds are at least one egg mass per plant.  When scouting, look for reddish/bronze colored eggs on the underside of cucurbit leaves.  Products

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