Archive | September, 2016

Woolly oak aphids

16 Sep

A friend of mine in Fulshear just sent me these pictures. The white cottony/woolly stuff covering her oak tree caused an alarm. One thing I like about insects is that their names are so easy: descriptive adj. (sometimes absent)+ plant + bug name, as in this case woolly + oak + aphids! Good thing is that unless you’re VERY concerned about the appearance of the tree, not much needs to be done. More scientific description here.


A new webinar–What is the Buzz about Drones?

13 Sep

Wed, Oct 12, 2016 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT. We have done a webinar on using UAV (aka. UAS) in nursery inventory management (Recording). The release of the permanent FAA rules for commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) on August 29 opens the door for many useful applications in Horticulture. This webinar will focus on the 1) types of platforms, 2) types of sensors and data processing, 3) potential applications, 4) liability, and 5) flight regulations. Want to listen to Dr. Robbins again? Register here


13 Sep

robot-mowerI just saw this automower at the recent FarWest. Very similar to iRobot, the automower does not vacuum floors, but mows the lawn automatically. See the video yourself.


All about crapemyrtle workshop

6 Sep

On Saturday August 20, 2016, we had a half day “All about crapemyrtle” workshop and several great presentations with updates with the latest research on crapemyrtle and crapemyrtle bark scale (CMBS). Here is a list of the presentations: 1. Introduction of the workshop and new crapemyrtle cultivars introduction-of-the-workshop-and-new-crapemyrtle-cultivars, 2 CMBS discovery and spread cmbs-discovery-and-spread, 3. CMBS population dynamics cmbs-population-dynamics, 4 Control strategies for CMBS and possible impacts on beneficial insects control-strategies-for-cmbs-and-possible-impacts-on-beneficial-insects, 5 Crapemyrtle pests, diseases and disorders crapemyrtle-pests-diseases-and-disorders, 6, Heat and cold tolerance of CMBS and alternative hosts, and 7 Understand the demand for CMBS control understand-the-demand-for-cmbs-control.