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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.

Broadcast Baits for Fire Ant Control
Fire Ant Control

A Southern IPM Center publication. When choosing a broadcast bait to control imported fire ants, consumers and professional pesticide applicators face a confusing array of brand names and active ingredients with varying product performances. This guide addresses common concerns about broadcast baits to help consumers and professionals choose products that best fit their needs and situations. (PDF Format Only)

Pesticide Identification Guide for Pests In and Around Buildings
pest id

This 52-page pocket guide is designed to help you identify pests commonly found in and around buildings. It includes photos and information about various pests, such as ants, roaches, flies, rats, mice, termites, spiders, wasps, bees, bedbugs, fleas, mosquitoes, ticks and more. Diagrams and scales showing the size of some of the pests are included to help in identification. A spiral-bound, heavyweight, coated-paper copy is available for $12.

Louisiana Plant Pathology: Foliar Diseases of Watermelon
diseases of watermelon

Proper identification is the key to successful disease management. This fact sheet is intended to aid in distinguishing among three common foliar diseases of watermelon. (PDF Format Only)

Louisiana Plant Pathology: Phytophthora Blight of Peppers
Phytophthora Blight of Peppers
Proper identification is the key to successful disease management. This fact sheet is intended to aid in the identification and management of phytophthora blight on peppers. (PDF Format Only)
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: Botrytis Fruit Rot (Gray Mold) of Strawberries
botrytis fruit rot
Botrytis fruit rot (or gray mold) is a common and damaging disease of strawberries in Louisiana -- particularly during periods of cool to moderate temperatures, high humidity and prolonged periods of free water on the plants. This publication describes the disease and how to manage it. (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)