Flocculent Planthoppers Arise

Fulgoroid planthoppers (order Hemiptera, superfamily Fulgoroidea) are relatively small insects with the adults seldom measuring more than around 1/4" in length. The early instar nymphs (immatures) of many species congregate in groups, or "colonies," and are usually obscured by a dense cloak of tangled waxy, white, cotton-like "fluff."
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Joe Boggs

Off With Their Heads!

The peculiar handiwork of the sunflower headclipping weevil (Haplorhynchites aeneus) is just getting underway this season on purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) and other members of the aster family (Asteraceae) in southwest Ohio. The damage includes dangling seed heads and stems that looked like soda straws.
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Joe Boggs

Aster Yellows

Aster yellows is a serious, chronic disease that occurs throughout North America and may affect over 300 species of plants in 38 families including a number of vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, lettuce, endive, and artichokes. However, as its common name implies, aster yellows occurs most often on members of the aster family (Asteraceae) and coneflowers are particularly susceptible.
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Joe Boggs
Julie Crook

ODA Partners with OSU Extension to Provide Online Pesticide Recertification Opportunities

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), is partnering with the Ohio State University Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) to temporarily offer online recertification for pesticide applicators and fertilizer certificate holders whose licenses expired or are due to expire this year and were unable recertify as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The online recertification for private pesticide applicators and fertilizer certificate holders will be available starting Monday, July 6.  Commercial pesticide applicators will be able to recertify online beginning August 10.
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Jennifer Andon