Keep Scouting for the Sugarcane Aphid

As we move farther into the growing season, certain areas are being affected greatly by the sugarcane aphid, and it is important farmers continue to take proactive steps to control populations, starting with active and consistent field scouting. The sugarcane aphid is treatable, and many tools have been put in place to help growers combat this pest.

Twelve states have received approval for the use of Transform WG under a Section 18 emergency use exemption this growing season, including North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. For more info on scouting for sugarcane aphid. click here

Congressional Members Want Answers on EPA Tactics

More than 100 members of Congress have signed a letter sent to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of the Inspector General seeking an investigation into EPA’s lobbying effort to promote the “Waters of the United States” rule.

The congressmen want the OIG to investigate whether EPA broke U.S. laws by using funds appropriated by Congress to lobby for its regulatory agenda, according to the letter. It said EPA used social media campaigns and partnered with environmental organizations to promote the rule.

Hurricane Forecasters Confident – Light Activity for the Remainder of the Season

Forecasters are even more confident that this Atlantic hurricane season will be a breeze.

But the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration still warns coastal residents to be vigilant as the six-month season hits its peak.

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center on Thursday gave its forecast calling for a below-normal hurricane season a 90 percent degree of accuracy. It’s the highest probability for a below-average season since NOAA began issuing seasonal forecasts in 1998.