Specialty crop research in Nebraska is getting a boost from almost $700,000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study hops, dry beans, and wine grapes; to monitor invasive pests; and to encourage healthy snacking in schools.
Researchers report on a study to confirm the level of sensitivity of grapes and tomatoes to 1/10 and 1/100 of the label rate of dicamba. The studies were conducted with pot-grown grape and tomato plants during the summers of 2016 and 2017 at the Haskell Ag Lab.
Dicamba-resistant soybean, genetically engineered to provide resistance to dicamba and glyphosate, was made commercially available for the 2017 growing season. This article looks at potential dicamba injury to sensitive crops and plants.
As spring planting season gets underway, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA)wants to remind farmers and other outdoor pesticide applicators to work together to protect sensitive specialty crops and pollinators from pesticide use. Pesticides include all categories of pest control products such as herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides.
The number of pesticide drift complaints to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture is higher than normal this year. The author reminds growers of critical steps to avoid pesticide drift to unintended targets like trees, shrubs, and off-target crops.