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Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course Returns for Fruit and Vegetable Growers

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. Read more about Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course Returns for Fruit and Vegetable Growers

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August Pest Updates

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 Read more about August Pest Updates

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Brown marmorated stink bug

September 24, 2015

Mike White reminded me that brown marmorated stink bug can be found now.  This is the new invasive stink bug that is a nuisance pest for homeowners and many fruit and vegetable crops.  It is not real common here in Iowa.  However, Mike does regularly find it in Indianola and found it at the hort station recently.  You might find it in vegetable fields or along buildings trying to seek winter shelter.  StopBMSB is a great source for news and updates. Read more about Brown marmorated stink bug

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