Photo by Paige Burns Clark
                                Azalea caterpillar on blueberry.
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Very hungry caterpillars

With September, many people are thinking about the cooler days to come in the near future. All things pumpkin spice are just around the corner. However, summer’s last gasp brings us a number of caterpillar pests that can remind us of the well-known children’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Here’s what to look out for in the next few weeks, and what, if anything, should be done about them.

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Fall armyworm
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Fall armyworm and stem maggot management in hay

This year, the Fall Armyworm made is presence a little earlier than what we typically see in our area. This pest is one that hay producers usually have on their radar in late August but reports of damage came in during July. The Fall Armyworm is a common pest in hay, especially bermudagrass, and can decimate a crop if left unchecked. Another insect that often goes unnoticed in hay fields and has become a common visitor over the last few years is the Bermudagrass Stem Maggot (BSM). Although there are several types of “worms” that can be found in a hay field, the fall armyworm and stem maggot are the most important to identify and control.

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Nutrition tips for maternal health

As August comes to an end and we recognize National Breastfeeding Awareness month let’s be mindful all year long of the importance of maternal and infant nutrition. Recently, NC Cooperative Extension-Richmond County Center partnered with the Improving Community Outcomes for Maternal and Child Health (ICO4MCH) Sandhills Collaborative to provide participants from Richmond, Anson, Robeson, and Moore Counties in NC, and Chesterfield County SC, valuable information to support breastfeeding moms in their communities. Nutrition plays a huge role in healthy child and maternal outcomes. As with all humans, good nutrition is essential for expectant mothers and their infants. During pregnancy mothers supply their baby with essential nutrients from the foods they eat. Prenatal nutrition plays a key role in the developing child’s overall health, including the growth of vital organs, bones, and muscles.

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