I had many requests to make available the presentations provided during our 3rd Annual Central Arizona Farmer Field Day on October 18th, 2013 at the Maricopa Ag Center.
Our guest speaker, Dr. Phillip Roberts, Extension Entomologist and Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Georgia shared with us his great experiences in the ecology and management of stink bugs in cotton and other crops. He generously provided us with his presentation material at this link (http://uacals.org/gs).
Dr. Roberts’ information and his availability for discussion were great opportunities for us to learn more and develop understanding that will help us solve our significant pest management issues with brown stink bug.
During the same event Dr. Peter Ellsworth discussed some of the commercial-scale trials for the management of stink bugs in Arizona cotton. His presentation can be found at this link (http://ag.arizona.edu/crops/presentations/2013/13BSBBlytheMACvF.pdf).
He emphasized that we are all still in a learning stage about how to deal with this pest. These trials are made possible with the cooperation of growers and PCAs in the region. We are looking for more of these collaborations, which help increase our understanding of the ecology and management of brown stink bugs in Arizona.
The confirmation of Palmer Amaranth resistance to glyphosate in some parts of the state requires the adoption of different management approaches to avoid widespread economic problems. Dr. Bill McCloskey discussed crop rotation and Palmer Amaranth management. His presentation can be found at this link (http://uacals.org/gt).
Again, I would like to thank all who attended and the sponsors of this event; Empire-CAT Agriculture and the Arizona Pest Management Center, UA.