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Soybean rust found in RGV

The Rio Grande Valley (RGV) is under a spray advisory due to documented soybean rust, reports Southwest Farm Press.

Soybean rust is a disease caused by two types of fungi and is spread by wind-borne spores. Fungicides can be used preventively and can cure infected plants. If plants are left untreated, it can result in total plant loss.

Scout fields regularly and examine the lower canopy of the plant. If rust is found, “take action immediately to fend off crop damage,” recommends Tom Isakeit, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension plant pathologist.

Click here for updated soybean rust reports.


Hog herds recovering from PEDv

A quarterly report shows hog and pig numbers are rising as the U.S. pork industry continues to recover from Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), reports Agri-Pulse.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) report estimated on June 1 that 66.9 million hogs and pigs are being raised in the U.S., which is up 9 percent from a year earlier.

PEDv, a gastrointestinal virus, was first detected in the U.S. in April 2013 and led to the decline of millions of hogs, mostly piglets.

The report shows 29.6 million piglets were born in the March through May period, up 8 percent from 2013. The total inventory of market hogs was up 9 percent at 61 million. The June 1 breeding herd totaled 5.93 million head, which is up 1 percent from last year, but down 1 percent from the previous quarter.

 


Two water AMI system trainings set for July

Water utility personnel are urged to attend an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system training in July, according to AgriLife Today.

The free trainings are set for July 16 in Beaumont and July 17 in Conroe. The Texas Water Resources Institute, which is part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and Johnson Controls, Inc. are coordinating the trainings.

“The trainings are open to municipal employees interested in learning more about various aspects of advanced metering infrastructure, or AMI, system technology. The technology uses water meters to wirelessly transmit hourly household water usage information to water utilities and then potentially to water users through a customer website, said Dr. Allen Berthold, Texas Water Resources Institute research scientist.

The trainings have limited seating, so preregistration is recommended.  To preregister or more information click here.  For more information, contact Berthold at 979-845-2028 or taberthold@ag.tamu.edu.


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