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Friends of Southern IPM Bright Idea Award

April 14th, 2014 by

The Friends of Southern IPM Bright Idea award goes to the Southern Nursery IPM Working Group (SNIPM) for their development of mobile information technology in the green industry. In particular, the group has developed two applications: a mobile app called IPMPro and an e-book, IPM for Select Deciduous Trees in Southeastern US Nursery Production.

IPMPro is an app designed to encourage scouting by alerting growers to emerging pests. According to surveys, nursery growers typically discover pests while performing other tasks and then spray. With a text alert on their phone that warns then of upcoming key pests, growers can catch early pest populations before they have had a chance to do significant damage. The e-book IPM for Select Deciduous Trees is an innovative interactive book in multimedia format that has increased savings or earnings for growers by an average of $3,313 per book due to reduced pesticide use and more effective pesticide applications.


Great Video on Biocontainers!

November 26th, 2013 by

Use of Biocontainers

Produced by Renee Conneway

Renee is a M.S. student advised by Dr. Sven Verlinden at West Virginia University.  This YouTube video was originally prepared for the 2012 West Virginia University Organic Farm Field Day.

Check out the video here.

UGA Extension Plant Pathology Report for October

October 24th, 2013 by

The Extension Plant Pathology for October is now available and has been posted here:


The October issue contains:
  • Disease clinic report for September 2013
  • Table of samples diagnosed a year ago in November 2012
  • Anthracnose on pepper alert
  • Vegetable spray guides and efficacy tables are posted online
  • Dollar spot is still active
  • Yellow bentgrass
  • Bipolaris leaf spot on bermudagrass
  • Summary of fungicides recently registered for ornamental disease control
  • Rosellinia needle blight on hemlock
Past Extension Plant Pathology Updates are archived here: http://plantpath.caes.uga.edu/extension/ExtensionPlantPathologyUpdates.html
I hope you find this information useful. Comments, questions, and/or ideas for improvement are always welcome.

Georgia Native Plant Initiative (GNPI) Industry Symposium 2013

October 21st, 2013 by
Successes and Challenges for Georgia’s Native Plant Industry: Wholesale Changes Required
Today’s modern nursery grower won’t get excited by selling a few 4” pots of goldenrod to a native plant enthusiast. And today’s requirements for habitat restoration cannot be satisfied by getting a few dozen native plants from a specialty grower or two. If native plants are to make it as a profitable enterprise for suppliers then production needs to stepped up and producers/users linked up.
That is the goal of the Georgia Native Plant Initiative; and the focus of our day of industry-based talks/discussions aimed at realizing the economic/ecological potential of native plants.
When: November 21, 2013
Time: 8.30 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Where: State Botanical Garden of Georgia,
2450 S. Milledge Ave., Athens, 30605
Cost: $20 to cover food and beverages
Registration: 706 542 9353 or on-line at bitly.com/nativeplantinitiative
8.30-9.00 Registration, coffee
9.00-9.15 Welcome & Introduction (Wilf Nicholls, Director, State Botanical Garden of Georgia)
9.15-10.00 Trends in landscaping with native plants (Julie Evans, VP, Garden Designer, The Fockele Garden Company)
10.00-10.45 Needing GA ecotypes for US Forest Service Lands restoration (Joanne Baggs, Botanist/Ecologist, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Service)
10.45-11.30 Creating urban public landscapes using native plants (Greg Levine, Co-Executive Director & Chief Program Officer, Trees Atlanta)
11.30-12.00 GNPI Resources at your disposal (Jennifer Ceska, Conservation Coord., State Botanical Garden of Georgia)
12.00-12.45 LUNCH (please let us know any dietary restrictions)
12.45-1.30 Restoring the natural understory in longleaf pine forest (Carol Denhof, Understory Coordinator, The Longleaf Alliance)
1.30-2.15 Developing a native plant business from the ground up (J. Walter Bland, Managing Partner, Rock Spring Restorations)
2.15-3.00 Tour of the Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies
Jennifer Ceska
Conservation Coordinator
State Botanical Garden of Georgia
at the University of Georgia

“Exotics versus Natives: the Battle Goes on!” sponsored by the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council

October 18th, 2013 by
The GA-EPPC, Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, invites you to the Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 6th, 2013, from 8:30am to 5:00pm. The conference will be held at Middle Georgia State College,Professional Sciences Center – West Campus, Macon GA.
GA-EPPC’s goals are to focus attention on the adverse effects exotic pest plants have on the diversity of Georgia’s native plants and animals; the use of exotic pest plant management to prevent habitat loss; the socioeconomic impacts of these plants; changes in the seriousness of the different exotic pest plants over time and the need to exchange information which helps land owners and managers set priorities for exotic pest plants management.
The keynote message “The Population Biology of Exotic Species: Where is the Management Message?” will be delivered by Dr. Julie Lockwood from Rutgers University.
Our exciting program does not end there—Dr. Doria Gordon, University of Florida, will review the accuracy of risk assessments and discuss their application to species considered for bioenergy crops or other uses.  Dr. Kris Braman, University of Georgia, will talk about her research into improving the sustainability of landscape pest management through integrating natural enemies and alternative control technologies into IPM.  Eamonn Leonard will share details of Georgia Department of Natural Resources involvement in organizing coastal Georgia cooperative invasive species management areas (CISMAs). Dr. Leslie Edwards from Georgia State University will discuss her latest book “Natural Communities of Georgia”.
Vendors present at the conference will be: Trillium Gardens, Nearly Native Nursery, Georgia Forestry Commission, The Longleaf Alliance, Dow-Agro Science, Invasive Plant Control, GA-EEPC and Bugwood (Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health, University of Georgia).
Do not miss this important educational opportunity and join us on November 6th!
Pre-registration is required Registration fee is $75 and includes lunch, refreshments, and door prizes. 4 CEU credits for each of the categories 24, 26, and 27 also will be available or 10 private credit hours. To register go to:
For more information go to: www.gaeppc.org.

IPPS – Southern Region Meeting Announcement – Athens, GA – Nov 3-6, 2013

September 24th, 2013 by

International Plant Propagators’ Society Brochure here!!!

Exciting program and 2 days of tours!

UGA – September Extension Plant Pathology Update

September 24th, 2013 by
The September Extension Plant Pathology Update is available here:
Topics included are:
  • Disease clinic report for July and August 2013
  • Table of disease samples diagnosed in September and October a year ago (2012)
  • Turfgrass Disease Control: Emphasis on fall activities
    • Bipolaris leaf and crown rot
    • Large Patch
    • Spring Dead Spot
  • Fairy rings in turfgrass
  • Methods to maximize efficacy of turfgrass fungicides
  • Update on three ornamental/tree diseases of concern: Where are they now?
    • Sudden Oak Death
    • Thousand Cankers Disease
    • Boxwood Blight
  • Disease management for row crops nears end for 2013: What’s next?
Past Extension Plant Pathology Updates are archived here:
As always, comments and suggestions for improvement are always welcome! I hope you find this information useful.

The July UGA Extension Plant Pathology Update

July 25th, 2013 by

The July Extension Plant Pathology Update is now available: HERE

The July update contains information on:
  • Plant Disease Clinic Report for June 2013
  • Diagnoses made in July 2013
  • Cucurbit Diseases in the Home Garden
  • Row Crops: Rains Continue to Drive Concerns for Disease Management
  • Assessing Risk to Target Spot on Cotton in Georgia
  • Dodder management in Blueberries
  • Turfgrass Disease Update: Gray leaf spot and Rust
  • Mushrooms are everywhere
  • Wood decay and falling trees are of great concern

New IPM Video from UF & UGA

June 21st, 2013 by

A variety of sustainable pest management strategies are available for nurseries ranging from simple items requiring little investment to major infrastructural changes. This video presents an overview of IPM including sanitation, irrigation and systems approaches to sustainable pest management. More information is available on the project website: http://blog.caes.uga.edu/snpp/

To watch the video, click HERE!

June Extension Plant Pathology Update – University of Georgia

June 15th, 2013 by
The June update includes:
  • May 2013 Plant Disease Clinic report
  • Table of sample diagnoses from a year ago – June 2012
  • Tomato diseases in home gardens
  • Ornamental Fungicides Efficacy Table online
  • 2013 Vegetable Disease Spray Guides and Efficacy Tables
  • Gummy stem blight on watermelon advisory
  • Turfgrass disease update (Brown patch, Pythium blight)
  • Small grains disease summary for 2012-2013 growing season
  • Recent rainfall could impact disease management in row crops
  • Slime molds in landscapes
  • Time to protect against root pathogens in ornamental plant production

You can download the report HERE.

Past Extension Pathology Updates are archived here: http://plantpath.caes.uga.edu/extension/ExtensionPlantPathologyUpdates.html