Invasive pests meeting scheduled for Lexington

Monday, March 10, 2014

University of Missouri Extension will be holding a meeting to discuss invasive insects and diseases of horticultural crops at the Trails Regional Library in Lexington on Thursday, March 27, starting at 2 p.m.

Many new insects have been found in Missouri in recent years. Some of these have become established pests in horticultural and agronomic crops, including Japanese beetle, emerald ash borer and spotted wing drosophila. Others, such as the brown marmorated stink bug, have not yet become economic pests of crops in Missouri, but have the potential to do so, based upon their history in the eastern United States.

Diseases have also become problems for many of our favorite horticultural crops, including bacterial canker of tomato and bacterial fruit blotch of watermelon. In addition, some diseases have the potential to kill trees, such as the thousand canker disease of black walnut.

Complete details on these invasive insects and diseases will be discussed, including potential control measures. For more information, call Tim Baker at 660-663-3232. University of Missouri Extension programs are open to all.