News came from Washington DC this week that the EPA declined to ban the use of the insecticide chlorpyrifos. While the potential negative impacts on human health are definitely concerning and should not be ignored, safe use of this chemical with proper timing and appropriate personal protective equipment allows for a very effective insecticide for peach pest management. While the decision to not ban chlorpyrifos may be controversial, for growers who need to continue to manage scale insects and borers, this is good news.
NY Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/29/us/politics/epa-insecticide-chlorpyrifos.html
Clemson's newsstand has published the article, "Two specialists join Clemson Extension to help with fruit crops", featuring Brett Blaauw of the Peach Entomology Lab. Check it out at: http://newsstand.clemson.edu/mediarelations/two-specialists-join-clemson-extension-to-help-with-fruit-crops/
New publication (featuring work from Brett Blaauw) on using trap crops as an organic tactic for managing brown marmorated stink bugs. I won't spoil the conclusions for ya. Go check it out for yourself at:http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10340-017-0838-z?wt_mc=Internal.Event.1.SEM.ArticleAuthorOnlineFirst
The Peach Entomology Lab's first adventure into the field as a team. It was a beautiful "winter" day in middle Georgia. We're looking forward to spending many more days out in peach orchards. As much as I love this warm weather, let's just hope it cools down for a bit longer!