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September 2021, Issue 11
Each month Grow Monthly shares a selection of new and favorite webcasts that provide applied knowledge to practitioners, the Extension community, and those they serve. Formerly behind a paywall, these webcasts from crop protection experts are now freely available.
Featured Webcast
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POLLINATORS HUB
Public interest in helping pollinators is on the rise, but many groups publish bee-friendly plant lists that lack experimental data and rarely include flowering trees and shrubs, which are major components of urban landscapes. Daniel A. Potter presents research-backed advice for building a bee-friendly landscape in an urban setting.
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"Focus on" Webcasts
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FOCUS ON CORN 
Making the right aflatoxin management decisions relies on having the right information. Thomas Isakeit outlines factors leading to contamination, discusses the variability of contamination, and covers management approaches, including harvest and postharvest. 
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FOCUS ON COTTON
The USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service, Cotton and Tobacco Program provides classification services to the cotton industry on all the bales produced each year. Darryl Earnest describes the classing process, the quality management program, and other elements in place to ensure the accuracy and integrity of each sample classed.
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FOCUS ON CUCURBITS
Cucurbit downy mildew can be successfully minimized by combining the right fungicides with the appropriate cultural production techniques. Emily Pfeufer discusses cultural production tactics and general fungicide program plans while balancing region-specific recommendations with economic considerations. 
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FOCUS ON POTATO
Acrylamide, a suspected human carcinogen, is formed when carbohydrate-rich foods are cooked at high temperatures. Paul C. Bethke discusses this formation and why potato products contain higher amounts of acrylamide. He also introduces mitigation approaches specific to the potato industry. 
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FOCUS ON SOYBEAN
Why should soybean producers consider field rolling, and what are the challenges? Greg Endres explains field-rolling procedures with an emphasis on harvest efficiency and minimization of plant injury and associated problems.
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FOCUS ON TOMATO
What factors are involved in protecting the health of field-grown tomatoes? Jerry A. Bartz discusses packing, shipping, and marketing as well as issues relating to field chilling and periodic wet fields. 
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FOCUS ON WHEAT
Mite-transmitted viruses are a serious threat to wheat throughout the Great Plains, especially during two critical time periods. Gary L. Hein addresses the period near wheat harvest and the later period when mites leave their over-summering hosts.  
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Plant Health Progress
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DIAGNOSTIC GUIDE
Fusarium crown rot of winter wheat is an economically important disease in most regions where winter wheat is grown. Hagerty et al. present a diagnostic guide that helps in the field, molecular, and morphological diagnosis of Fusarium crown rot.
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RESEARCH
Sclerotinia stem rot (SSR or white mold) routinely causes yield loss in the upper Corn Belt of the United States due to wet, humid conditions that coincide with moderate temperatures. Carpenter et al. investigated the novel cultural practice of mechanical cutting, or mowing, as an SSR management practice across multiple seeding rates. 
Crop News
Into the Night: Shedding Light on Nocturnal Pollinators, University of Arkansas Research and Extension

K-State Researchers Study Benefits, Risks of Carbon Credits, K-State Research and Extension

Fall Armyworms Damaging Alfalfa in Southeast Nebraska, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

In Preparation for Harvest, NC State Extension

Drought-Stressed Soybeans Offer Forage Options, North Dakota State University Extension
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FOCUS ON CORN
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FOCUS ON COTTON
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FOCUS ON POTATO
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FOCUS ON SOYBEAN
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FOCUS ON TOMATO
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