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Plant Disease Management Guide
plant disease guide

This guide for 2014 contains suggestions for management of the most important or more prevalent diseases of Louisiana plants. It includes information on fungicides, bactericides and nematicides, as well as safety precautions for using them.

Louisiana Plant Pathology: Reniform Nematode
reniform nematode

During the past two decades, the reniform nematode has emerged as one of the most important nematode species of plant crops in Louisiana. It attacks a wide range of plant types and is particularly damaging to crops such as cotton, sweet potato, soybeans and many vegetables. Symptoms, management strategies and color images included. (PDF Format Only)

Sugarcane Beetle
sugarcane beetle

The sugarcane beetle has been reported in all Southern states. It is primarily a pest of corn, but damage reports also include sugarcane, sweet potatoes and rice. It also damages strawberries and cotton and has been reported to feed on grasses, rushes and sedges. This fact sheet includes information on the description, behavior and control of the sugarcane beetle. (PDF format only)

Nematode Management in Louisiana Cotton Production
cotton nematode

Several plant-parasitic nematodes are responsible for causing serious losses in Louisiana cotton every year. The nematode losses within any field can range from fairly minor to severe. (PDF Format Only)

Shealth Blight of Rice
shealth blight
Sheath blight has been the most economically significant disease of rice in Louisiana since the early 1970s. The disease is caused by a fungal pathogen of both rice and soybeans. This fact sheet describes the symptoms of the disease and gives suggested management procedures. (PDF Format Only)
Blast of Rice
rice blast disease
Blast is the most important disease of rice worldwide and the second most important in Louisiana. Yield losses as high as 75 to 90 percent have been observed in Louisiana due to this disease. Use this fact sheet to help you identify and manage rice blast. (PDF Format Only)
Bug Biz: Blackberry (Raspberry) Crown Borer
Bug Biz
Blackberries are a favorite springtime fruit in Louisiana. The blackberry (raspberry) crown borer is a serious pest of blackberry plantings and causes loss of plant vigor, loss of yield and plant destruction. Damage, life cycle, monitoring and control recommendations included. (PDF Format Only)
Bug Biz: Fire Ants
Fire Ants
The red imported fire ant, a Louisiana resident since the early 1950s, can be a painful pest or a beneficial friend. Depending on your situation, you may want to manage these ants or simply let them go about their helpful way. Eradication vs. management of the fire ant is discussed in this fact sheet. (PDF Format Only)
The Pest Ants of Louisiana: A Guide to Their Identification, Biology and Control
Pest Ant Pub Cover
Ants range from mildly irritating to highly annoying. Knowing the species, its biology and potential control methods can help you manage them. This is a useful reference for pest management professionals, extension personnel and homeowners. A key to ants, color photographs, diagrams and a glossary are included. Spiral-bound copies are available for $12.50 each. To purchase using a major credit card, click on "order publication."
Bug Biz: Lepidopteron Insect Pests in Sweet Potato Production
Sweet Potato Insect Pests
This publication deals with some of the insects that attack sweet potatoes in Louisiana. It covers such pests as beet armyworms, soybean loopers and cabbage loopers and includes background information, descriptions of the pests and details on the damage they can cause. PDF format only.
Louisiana Plant Pathology: Sampling for Plant-parasitic Nematodes
nematodes
Plant-parasitic nematodes attack every field crop grown in Louisiana, including cotton, soybeans, corn, milo, rice, sugarcane, sweet potatoes and wheat. Because most of the injury occurs to plant roots, recognizing nematode symptoms is often very difficult.. This publication includes information on nematodes, plant symptoms, field size and the soil sampling procedure. (PDF format only)
Bug Biz: Managing Argentine Ants in Louisiana
Argentine Ants
The Argentine ant, an exotic species brought to New Orleans from South America in the late 1800s, is found throughout the state after being transported in nursery stock and by cars, boats and RVs. Their huge colonies, with millions of workers and hundreds of queens, extend for miles. Identifying characteristics, areawide management and cultural controls incuded. (PDF Format Only)
Louisiana Plant Pathology: Sweet Basil Downy Mildew
basil
Downy mildew of sweet basil is a destructive disease that was first detected in the United States in 2007. Since that first discovery in south Florida, it has rapidly spread to other parts of the United States and was detected in a Louisiana home garden in spring 2010. (PDF Format Only)
Louisiana Plant Pathology: Citrus Greening
citrus greening
In the United States, citrus greening was positively identified first in south Florida in 2005. It appeared for the first time in Louisiana during 2008 in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans. Since that time, however, no new Louisiana cases were reported until recently. During March 2014, the disease was again confirmed from several citrus varieties at multiple properties in the Gentilly area of New Orleans. (PDF Format Only)