AgriLife Extension Entomology
We are located throughout the State and can provide advice on control of urban, structural, landscape, garden, veterinary and agricultural pests, and pests that are threats to human health. Our information is backed by science and research at Texas A&M and other universities and is made practical and relevant by Extension Entomologists, educators or agents who work in each county, right where you live.
What Are Our Extension Entomologists Saying?
- Calhoun County Corn Hybrid TrialsThe Corn Hybrid Trial in Calhoun County was harvested near Port Lavaca, TX on August 19, 2020. These results should be used along with other similar tests from South Texas to help determine the what to plant next year. A second corn hybrid trial was conducted at another location in Port Lavaca. The results of this trial can [...] read moreSource: Mid-Coast IPMPublished on 2020-09-03By Stephen Biles4 weeks ago
- Soil Testing Time in South TexasThe Mid-Coast IPM Program is equipped to soil test with a hydraulic soil probe that samples to a depth of 24″. Since 2013, we have sampled fields in Calhoun, Refugio, and Victoria Counties and found soil nitrogen levels ranging between 11 and 168 lbs N per acre. This can be a opportunity to reducing costs without affecting yields. Average fields [...] read moreSource: Mid-Coast IPMPublished on 2020-08-31By Stephen Biles4 weeks ago
- SPN: Save the date for future trainings and moreIn the fast-changing world, we are living in I am going to devote this newsletter to a variety of resources and upcoming trainings to help you navigate through these difficult times. Over the summer, Shelly Branstetter, Membership Services Manager, TASB Facility Services; Joanie Arrott, Risk Prevention Services Manager, TASB Risk Management Services and I have been distance meeting to [...] read moreSource: School IPMPublished on 2020-08-27By janet.hurley1 month ago
- Sesame Leafroller Now Widespread on the High PlainsSesame leafroller is a major pest of the crop, and we have tracked its movement north this year. This is a new pest for us. Dr. Emi Kimura, our agronomist in Vernon, reported it last week. This week Drs. Qingwu Xue and Jourdan Bell reported it at Bushland, and one of our superb Independent Crop Consultants reported it at Abernathy just [...] read moreSource: FOCUS on Entomology West TexasPublished on 2020-08-271 month ago
- South Plains cotton: questions related to Lygus bugAt what stage cotton is safe from Lygus bug? No treatment is needed once cotton reaches 350 DD60s beyond cutout (5 NAWF). What is the threshold for Lygus bug after peak bloom? Use of drop cloth is the best way to measure plant bugs after peak bloom. Treatment thresholds based on drop cloth sampling is 4 to 6 Lygus [...] read moreSource: FOCUS on Entomology West TexasPublished on 2020-08-231 month ago
- Texas High Plains cotton: stink bug remains quietCotton fields that have accumulated 450 DD60 (degree days 60) beyond cutout (5NAWF) are generally safe from an economic damage from stink bugs. Late planted and heavily irrigated fields with fairly high number of young bolls still need to be scouted for stink bugs. Stink bug feeding on young bolls (<10 days old) usually causes the bolls to shed. In [...] read moreSource: FOCUS on Entomology West TexasPublished on 2020-08-231 month ago
- With Summer Comes Blister BeetlesThe presence of blister beetles is always a cause for concern but even more so as a horse owner. Blister beetles contain a chemical, cantharidin, that when consumed by horses and other livestock, can cause illness and sometimes death.Blister beetles are known to feed on flowers and foliage of a wide variety of crops including alfalfa, ornamental plants, potatoes, soybeans, garden [...] read moreSource: Sonja SwigerPublished on 2020-08-181 month ago
- Plastic Contamination in Cotton VideoHowdy everyone, Since everyone is getting into harvesting, feel free to check out these links to information on how to prevent plastic contamination in cotton.https://www.cotton.org/tech/quality/contamfree.cfmhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeFBzgbMO4k&feature=youtu.behttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Pja_HbMElA [...] read moreSource: Upper Coast IPMPublished on 2020-08-14By Kate Crumley2 months ago
- West Nile on the rise in DFW Areahe Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts want Texans to be aware of a large rise in mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus in Dallas and Tarrant counties.The state’s warm climate makes Texas a prime breeding ground for vector-borne illnesses, and recent weather conditions have only heightened the mosquito problem for many areas of the state.“In Texas, our biggest mosquito-related concern [...] read moreSource: Sonja SwigerPublished on 2020-08-142 months ago
- Mystery Seed UpdateAn Update to the Mystery, Unsolicited packages of Seed – August 5, 2020By Corrie BowenCounty Extension AgentWharton County On Wednesday, July 29th I distributed a news release that brought attention to mystery, unsolicited seeds delivered by mail in tiny bags marked as jewelry. The role of the USDA-Animal, Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is to safeguard U.S. agriculture and natural [...] read moreSource: Upper Coast IPMPublished on 2020-08-06By Kate Crumley2 months ago
- Texas High Plains cotton: keep an eye out for bollwormsThe current spike in bollworm moth activity in our pheromone traps is from moths coming out of corn. These moths pose a substantial threat to cotton with majority of our fields being in peak bloom. I have not noticed significant worm activity in cotton yet but last week we did start to pick some worm damage in our research plots [...] read moreSource: FOCUS on Entomology West TexasPublished on 2020-08-022 months ago
- Defoliation, Sanitation, and Mystery SeedsHowdy, Sprouting Cotton in Wharton CountyPhoto: Ben Crumley We've gotten a good bit of rain here recently, and while it's been good for our pastures, it has put a damper on harvest. There have been a few scattered reports of cotton sprouting scattered around in places that have stayed wet. Defoliation time is approaching, and I've seen a [...] read moreSource: Upper Coast IPMPublished on 2020-07-30By Kate Crumley2 months ago