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February 2021, Issue 4
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
Daniel Potter presents research detailing the flowering trees and shrubs that attract diverse bee visitors and provides tips on building a bee-friendly landscape.
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"Focus on" Webcasts
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FOCUS ON CORN 
John Fulton identifies the three primary layers of precision ag data (agronomic, machine, and production data) and how they are converging. He illustrates how merging agronomic and machine data can provide more information for making farm decisions related to inputs.
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FOCUS ON COTTON
Bill Robertson presents termination timing results of a cereal rye cover crop and explains how they impacted water infiltration and lint yield. He also discusses how terminating based on growth stage of the cover crop can shield the soil surface and improve soil health.
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FOCUS ON CUCURBITS
Bhabesh Dutta discusses Fusarium wilt of watermelon, one of the oldest and most economically important diseases of this crop. He touches on pathogen biology, disease symptoms and signs, conditions that favor disease development, and disease cycle, as well as main sources of inoculum and phases of infection. 
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FOCUS ON POTATO
Robert Larkin discusses the importance of soil health and how to monitor and manage soil health in potato production. He addresses the following questions: How is soil health assessed? What are the benefits of improved soil health? What strategies and management practices can be used to improve soil health?
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FOCUS ON SOYBEAN
Temperature inversions and stable air masses can result in pesticide movement from intended plants. Bob Hartzler shows how it is important for growers to learn to identify these adverse conditions. 
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FOCUS ON TOMATO
Emmanuel A. Torres-Quezada outlines key differences between open field production and the use of soilless media in high tunnels or greenhouses. He identifies the principal factors affecting water and fertilizer mobilization and retention and shows how these interactions can affect crop quality and profitability.
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FOCUS ON WHEAT
Erick De Wolf introduces wheat streak mosaic and then answers three key questions: Why are we concerned about this disease? What factors contribute to the development of disease outbreaks? and What can we do to reduce the risk of severe yield losses?
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Plant Health Progress
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EDITOR'S PICK
Hemp cultivation has been reintroduced in many states, but information about hemp diseases and disorders has only recently become available. Thiessen et al. describe various diseases of hemp in North Carolina based on a comprehensive survey. 
NOTABLE RESEARCH
Babadoost et al. evaluated the sensitivity of cucurbit powdery mildew fungus to major fungicides used in the midwestern United States. The results showed that powdery mildew was effectively managed when treated with Procure 480SC and Quintec 250SC. 
Crop News
 
 
 
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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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