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Plant Disease Management Guide
disease mgmt guide

This guide for 2015 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.

Insect Pest Management in Louisiana Sweet Potatoes
insect sweet potatoes

Proper insect management requires the use of several management strategies aimed at protecting the crop and ultimately ensuring economic sustainability. Knowledge and identification of key insects are critical first steps in sweet potato pest management. This publication includes information on biology and management of problematic insects. (PDF Format Only)

Sugarcane Aphids: An Emerging Pest of Grain Sorghum
sugarcane aphids on sorghum

A new pest of grain sorghum was discovered in southwest Louisiana in 2013. The pest, identified as the sugarcane aphid has since been found in every parish that produces grain sorghum in Louisiana. (PDF Format Only)

Louisiana Plant Pathology: Strategies for Sampling Plant-Parasitic Nematodes in Field Crops
sampling for nematodes

Plant-parasitic nematodes attack every field crop grown in Louisiana, including cotton, soybeans, corn, milo, rice, sugarcane, sweet potatoes and wheat. There are certain times of the year when nematode samples should be collected. The best time usually is during fall or early winter. Sampling time, procedures and handling included. (PDF Format Only)

Bug Biz: Twospotted Spider Mites in Strawberries
spider mites
The twospotted spider mite is one of the most persistent and damaging pest problems affecting strawberry production in Louisiana. Damage, description, life cycle, monitoring, control information and color photos included. Spanish version also included. (PDF Format Only)
Louisiana Plant Pathology: Scurf of Sweet Potato
Scurf is a common disease of sweet potatoes. Proper identification is the key to successful disease management. Use this fact sheet to help you identify and manage this disease. (PDF Format Only)
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."