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Culturalist Challenge! Pick Your Fave Performances in The Wiz Live!

first_imgThe Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. We came. We saw. We hunted. Yes, The Wiz Live! is over, but there is more to be done. Wake up your tired twitter fingers, because we want to know which performer truly knocked it out of the park Emerald City. We need to know your top 10 performances in The Wiz Live! Broadway.com Managing Editor Beth Stevens kicked off this new challenge with her top 10. Now it’s your turn!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! View Commentslast_img read more

Natyana Lubov & More Set for Cinderella Tour

first_img View Comments Tatyana Lubov(Nadia Quinn) It’s possible! Tatyana Lubov will step into Cinderella’s glass slippers in the national tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which is scheduled to launch in September. She will star opposite Hayden Stanes in the production, who is set to take on the the role of Prince Topher.The touring cast will also feature Leslie Jackson as Marie, The Fairy Godmother, Sarah Primmer as Madame, Ella’s wicked stepmother, Vincent Davis as Lord Pinkleton, Joanna Johnson as Charlotte, Ryan M. Hunt as Sebastian, Mimi Robinson as Gabrielle and Chris Woods as Jean-Michele.Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. Originally directed by Mark Brokaw and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, the tour is directed by Gina Rattan and choreographed by Lee Wilkins.With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella combines the story’s classic elements—glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn’t let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to make the world a better place. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too.Rounding out the ensemble will be Kelly Barberito, Delphi Borich, Rhaamell Burke-Missouri, Taylor Daniels, Giovanni DiGabriele, Chloe Fox, AJ Hughes, Lilli Jacobs, Johnny Link, Brian Liebson, Ilda Mason, Lauren Monteleone, Nick Pelaccio, Emilie Renier, Arnie Rodriguez, Caity Skalski and Tiffany Toh.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: The Color Purple Takes Audiences to Church One Last Time & More

first_imgATG Acquires Boston’s Colonial TheatreGood news for Boston theatergoers and history buffs. The Colonial Theatre, after facing an uncertain future when it shut its doors in 2015, the historic venue is set to reopen in January 2018. The U.K.-based Ambassador Theatre Group, which owns Broadway’s Lyric Theatre (the current home of Paramour), has acquired the 1680-seat Colonial, for a 40-year lease agreement with Emerson College. The theater first opened in 1900 and quickly became a go-to house for out-of-town tryouts of such Broadway staples as Anything Goes, Porgy and Bess, Carousel, A Little Night Music and La Cage aux Folles. In its later years, the venue was primarily a spot for national tours. ATG hopes to revive the tradition of out-of-town tryouts at the venue when it opens its doors once again.New Look at The Good FightLook out, Miriam Shor, because Christine Baranski is heading back to the small screen with an assortment of iconic statement necklaces. The Good Fight, the CBS All Access spin-off of The Good Wife, premieres on February 19, and it promises lots of drama and appearances from Broadway notables. Check out the (somewhat NSFW) trailer, featuring Tony winners Baranski and Bernadette Peters and Broadway alums Cush Jumbo and Sarah Steele, below. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Renewed for Third SeasonThe CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has picked up an early renewal for a third season. The musical comedy series, starring Golden Globe winner and musical theater-obsessed Rachel Bloom and featuring a host of Broadway favorites, will wrap up its second season on January 27. While we contemplate which Tony winners will show up to sing about what when the show returns, brace yourselves for Patti LuPone as a rabbi in the January 13 episode. Get a taste (it’s kosher!) below. Emma Watson Sings in New Beauty SpotAt the 2017 Golden Globes, “musical theater nerds everywhere” had cause to celebrate as La La Land earned a record-breaking seven awards. But even the commercial breaks were a treat for Broadway enthusiasts, with Disney releasing a new TV spot for the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast. The ad features Emma Watson singing Belle’s title song and—fine, we’ll say it—serving some Sound of Music realness on a lush field. Take a look below, and catch the movie when it premieres on March 17. Here’s a quick roundup of stories and videos you may have missed today.The Color Purple’s Epic Swan SongFour shows played their final performances on Broadway on January 8, but only one signed off with an unapologetic riff-off. Following their last bows, the cast of The Color Purple launched into a fiery rendition of Richard Smallwood’s “Total Praise,” treating their audience (which included Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton, Anna Wintour, Leslie Odom Jr. and Jonathan Groff) to a moment of revelry. Check out the clip, beginning with some touching words from Patrice Covington (who played Squeak in the Tony-winning revival) below, and look out for Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Holliday’s wild parade of hallelujahs around 10:50.center_img Jennifer Holliday & Cynthia Erivo(Photo: instagram.com/domcortia_) View Commentslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Benedict Cumberbatch’s Broadway Bod & More

first_imgBenedict Cumberbatch(Photo: Angela Weiss/Getty Images) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Aaron Lazar’s B’way Bod to Star Alongside Benedict CumberbatchThe face of Benedict Cumberbatch and the body of Aaron Lazar. Nope, it’s not a recipe for our dream man (not that we’re opposed), but rather a reality Disney hopes to create in its forthcoming film Avengers: Infinity War. According to Page Six, Lazar (and his pretty face) are currently in Georgia filming the next installment of the Avengers films while Cumberbatch plays inventor Thomas Edison in The Current War. Cumberbatch will then re-shoot Lazar’s Avengers scenes; fans will indeed see Cumberbatch’s bod from the front during his scenes in the film. But from the back…you’re looking at Lazar. Sooo…can Fiyero’s white pants make an appearance in the next Marvel movie?James Corden Added to Starry Ocean’s Eight CastTony winner (and 2016 host), late night king and soon-to-be Grammy Awards host James Corden just got even busier. Deadline announced that Corden is slated to appear in the star-studded Ocean’s Eight film in a featured role as a skeptical insurance investigator. The Gary Ross-helmed picture includes The Present’s Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter. Imagine the future Carpool Karaoke possibilities!Deborah Cox to Record Whitney Houston’s HitsWe’re saving all our love for Queen of the Night Deborah Cox after this news! After receiving many requests from fans, The Bodyguard national tour headliner will record all of her songs from the musical (including Whitney Houston hits like “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” “So Emotional and of course, “I Will Always Love You”) this month, reports Showbiz 411. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on when those are scheduled to hit earbuds. In the meantime, watch Grammy nominee Cox belt her face off below. The Comedy about a Bank Robbery Gets New Felons Some mischief makers are on the move! Hannah Boyce, Mark Hammersley, Sean Kearns, Steffan Lloyd-Evans, Tania Mathurin, Christopher Pizzey, Gareth Tempest and Miles Yekinni are set to start in the West End hit The Comedy about a Bank Robbery beginning on February 8. The former cast members in the Mischief Theatre Company production are headed to the Great White Way in Mischief’s Olivier-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, which is set to begin performances at the Lyceum Theatre on March 9.2016 Tony Awards Grab Directors Guild NominationAnd the nominees are! We thought the 2016 Tony Awards were revolutionary and highly GIF-able (although Neil Patrick Harris had some choice words for James Corden’s hosting stint). Glenn Weiss and the broadcast’s directing team are up for a Directors Guild Nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement; the DGA ceremony is scheduled for February 3. As recently reported, Broadway’s biggest night returns to Radio City Music Hall on June 11. Nominations will be announced on May 2, so only 109 days until Tony season officially begins!Hillary Clinton’s Speeches to Be Set to MusicFresh off of witnessing the joyful noise at The Color Purple’s final Broadway performance, Hillary Clinton is getting a musical treatment of her own. Composer and conductor Glenn Roven has set her candidacy announcement and presidential concession speeches to music, which will be performed in a concert film at National Sawdust on January 20 (which just so happens to be inauguration day). The vocalists set to perform include Beautiful’s Chilina Kennedy, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Donna Lynne Champlin, opera stars Isabel Leonard, Nathan Gunn, Patricia Racette, Lawrence Brownlee and Matthew Polenzani.P.S. It’s a great day for TV lovers! TV Line reported that Ryan Murphy’s previously announced series Feud, starring Tony winner Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, will premiere on FX on March 5. In addition, Netflix released the theme opener for Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, which is available on January 13. Despite star Neil Patrick Harris’ advice, we can’t look away. Check it out below, and binge-watch the series all weekend!center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Beware of yellow jackets

first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaIt should have been a usual “doing what dogs do” day for Lucky, aneighboring dog that pays a daily visit to Sid, our cockerspaniel.Lucky was sniffing around in my liriope bed trying to findsomething of interest. Suddenly, Lucky flipped around, tucked hertail between her legs, and quickly ran away, snapping at flyingtormentors on both sides of her.When she finally outran what was after her, she stopped andlooked back at the liriope bed with a “what was that?” look onher face.Lucky may not have known what she’d gotten into, but I knew. Shemust have found a yellow jacket nest. I’m glad she was the one tofind it instead of me. Hidden beneath the groundThe nest was belowground, as most nests are. They’re found aroundrotten stumps or on the sides of terraces, gullies and ditches.Recently the principal at one of the area high schools called mewith some concern about the large number of yellow jackets aroundthe school grounds. The yellow jackets are attracted to the sugarin the soft drink cans tossed in the garbage cans around theschool. They may come from some distance to get the sugar.Yellow jackets aren’t the only stinging insects in large numbersthis year. Hornets are out in large numbers, too.I guess everyone is familiar with the bald-faced, or white-faced,hornet. Surely you’ve seen a hornet’s nest, shaped like a bloatedfootball, high up in a tree or under the eve of a building.The hornet that causes the most concern is the giant Europeanhornet. The size of it alone is enough to scare folks. It canbe more an inch long. Unlike the bald-faced hornet, it’s morebrown than black. The only yellow markings are on the abdomen.It’s attracted to lights at night.Hornets and yellow jackets are very aggressive if they believetheir nests are threatened. And they can sting repeatedly.If you’re smart, you’ll wait to control these insects until theevening, when they’re in their nests and are at rest. You’ll beless likely to get stung. What to doSevin is deadly on bees. Just apply it in and around the yellowjacket nests in the evening. Pyrethroids(permethrin, resmethrin,and others) are available in aerosols, some of which produce ajet stream so you can stay a safe distance away. Aim at the nestopening in trees, bushes, ground cracks and crevices. You mayhave to retreat for total control.Don’t be like poor Lucky. She got too close and found out thepainful way just how aggressive yellow jackets can be.last_img read more

Beekeeper’s ‘heart’

first_imgFood scientist and outdoorsman He understood the importance of researchSchaer’s sisters say he decided to support UGA’s research programin his will when it became clear to him that he was not going torecover from cancer.”Myron was scientific by training, so he understood theimportance of Dr. Delaplane’s work,” Mercer said.Schaer’s beekeeping equipment is being used by Delaplane’sstudents.”They used the hives and the equipment in their classes lastspring and will continue to do so,” Delaplane said. “I learnedfrom Myron to treat each client seriously and give them the fullbenefit of your attention. We can never fully know what that willmean in the life of that person.” “He started beekeeping in 1980 as a hobby,” said Mercer. “Butafter he retired, beekeeping became his vocation.”Schaer processed and bottled his honey and sold it tosupermarkets and country stores in the Rome, Ga., area under thename Penataka.”We’re told Penataka is an American Indian word for sweet,” Barrasaid. “Myron enjoyed the Indian culture and adopted a lot oftheir philosophies — particularly that of living on the land andgiving back to the land.” Schaer grew up near Lockville in Fairfield County, Ohio, on a160-acre farm. He was an active 4-H’er who used his 4-H awardwinnings to buy a farm tractor and his first car. “In the education business we can never take lightly ourpotential impact on our clientele,” he said. “What to us appearsa simple and routine inquiry can represent a major issue in thelife of the inquirer.”Schaer’s donation will be used to establish the Myron SchaerMemorial Endowment to support of honeybee research andeducation at UGA. The equipment was actually donated last springby Schaer’s sisters, Dora Barra and Frances Mercer.”Myron always loved insects as a boy,” Barra said. “So we weren’tsurprised when he began beekeeping.”center_img By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaMyron Schaer was a food scientist by profession, but his heartbelonged to beekeeping. He was, for the most part, a self-taughtapiarist who loved tending his hives and marketing his honey tostores in Rome, Ga.When he did have a beekeeping problem he couldn’t solve, he’dcall on University of Georgia entomologist Keith Delaplane, whomhe’d met through the Georgia Beekeepers Association.”Myron never made extraordinary demands of my time,” recallsDelaplane, a honeybee researcher with the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. “I got a phone call ortwo from him and he’d ask a question or two after a meeting.” After serving as an engineer in the U.S. Navy, Schaer attendedThe Ohio State University on the GI Bill. He earned a bachelor’sdegree in food science and began working for the PET FoodCorporation bakery division in 1962. He worked as a qualitycontrol supervisor for the company until he retired in 1992. $200,000 and beekeeping equipmentApparently, Schaer truly appreciated Delaplane’s advice andsupported his honeybee research program. When he died last fall,he left a $200,000 estate donation and $3,000 worth of beekeepingequipment to Delaplane’s research program.”This has been a humbling and sobering lesson,” saidDelaplane, whoaccepted the donation for the university this month.last_img read more

Sucker control

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaSome countries say they don’t want Georgia tobacco because farmers here use too much of a certain chemical on their crop. But the farmers say they use it to produce high yields and good quality. University of Georgia scientists have worked out a system to make both sides happy.Farmers cut off the flowers that grow from the tops of maturing tobacco plants. This helps plants concentrate nutrients into becoming larger and heavier, increasing yields and quality.The suckersAfter the flower is removed, however, plants begin to grow little shoots called suckers where the leaves branch off from the stalks. There can be many suckers on one plant. And each can suck nutrients away from the large leaves farmers want to sell.”If the grower’s not able to control suckers, the yield and quality of the tobacco will be severely reduced,” says J. Michael Moore, a UGA Extension Service tobacco agronomist in Tifton, Ga.Moore and other UGA scientists and Extension Service agents in tobacco counties have developed a sucker control system that enables growers to depend less on maleic hydrazide (MH), the systemic growth-regulating chemical international buyers shun.Another wayThey do it by using contact fatty alcohols with a noncontroversial chemical called Prime+.With this treatment, growers can control sucker growth, Moore said, and produce cured leaf with acceptable MH residue levels. The Georgia growers who use the system will be able to sell their tobacco in world markets.To control suckers, farmers use contact or systemic chemicals. Contact chemicals run down the stalk, burn newly formed suckers and cause them to dehydrate. The plant doesn’t absorb them, and foreign buyers have no problem with them.Systemic chemicals, however, are absorbed by the plants. They restrain cell division around the suckers to stop their growth. MH is the most common growth-regulating chemical used to do this.No studies have shown for sure that MH is bad for humans, Moore said. But some countries like Germany don’t want to buy some U.S. tobacco because of its high MH levels.The international target for MH residues on tobacco is 80 parts per million. Most buyers don’t want anything higher than this. Georgia tobacco samples have averaged MH levels between 125 ppm to 210 ppm over the past 15 years, he said.Georgia’s warm, humid environment makes suckers more likely to grow. Without the alternative treatment with Prime+, the state’s farmers have to use more MH to control them, he said.As much as 50 percent of Georgia’s tobacco ends up overseas, Moore said. It’s important for the state’s farmers to have access to international markets, especially since they can grow only half as much tobacco as they did in 1998 because of quota reductions by the U.S. government.Georgia growers will grow about 54 million pounds of flue-cured tobacco in 2004, about 16 percent less than in 2003. They’ll start planting it around March 15.last_img read more

‘Turf terrorists’

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaWhite grubs don’t look so tough. But the pudgy little C-shapedlarvae can be like tiny terrorists, attacking your lawn whilestaying downright hard to get to.”It’s very hard to deliver an insecticide to the target area,”said Kris Braman, an entomologist with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences on theGriffin, Ga., campus.”Turf is a good filtration system,” Braman said. “The same aspectthat helps turf protect the groundwater makes it harder toprotect the grass itself. For a product to be effective, you haveto get it down through that turf 3 to 4 inches into the soil.”White grubs are the larvae of Japanese beetles, green Junebeetles, May and June beetles and chafers. With creamy whiteabdomens and brown heads, they look harmless. But they’re not.Wilting or brown grass patches may be a sign that they’re eatingyour lawn.The right stuffBraman said many older pesticides are no longer available forwhite grubs. “Trichlorfon (Bayer Advanced) and carbaryl (SevinSL) are among the only products that will provide curativecontrol of large grubs that are registered for use on lawns,” shesaid.Newer products can be effective, too, and may be safer for theenvironment.”One product, imidacloprid, has been on the market for severalyears now,” Braman said. “It’s a broad-spectrum, systemic productthat’s effective at very low use rates. And it’s less harmful tonontarget species.”Imidacoprid is also sold under the Bayer Advanced label, shesaid. Be sure and check the label for the appropriate product.Say ‘when'”The challenge is to apply the product at the correct time,because it only works on small grubs,” she said. In Georgia, thegrubs are usually still small during July and early August.Another product, halofenozide, is a growth regulator. “Itinterferes with the insects’ ability to molt and grow,” Bramansaid. “It’s relatively less harmful to white grubs’ naturalenemies and beneficial insects. It also needs to be applied totarget the young grubs.”So, whatever pesticide you use, don’t wait to do it. To get thebest control, apply imidacloprid while the adult beetles and eggsare present. “It’s best to apply imidacloprid two to four weeksafter the peak flight of the parent beetles,” she said.The peak flight of Japanese beetles is easy enough to note. Lookfor less obvious beetles, such as May beetles or chafers, to beflying around lights at night.”Halofenozide needs to go out earlier, too,” Braman said. “But weseem to have a little more flexibility with it. It’s generallymost effective in July and early August.”Whatever the product, the key is to get it 3 to 4 inches into thesoil. “To do that, you have to use a half-inch of irrigation,”Braman said.Which ones?If you’ve had a problem with white grubs in the past, she said,check your lawn for them in August and September. Cut three sidesof a square foot of turf with a shovel. Then fold the sod flapback and look for grubs in the top 2 or 3 inches of soil androots.”If you find more than four, contact the county UGA CooperativeExtension office,” she said. “The county agent can help youidentify the species you have.”Some species, she said, can damage turf with just four grubs persquare foot. Others can have 10 to 20 per square foot and stillnot damage turf.Braman said new biological products, including some soilnematodes and Bacillus thuringiensis products, may soonhelp control white grubs.”These new products provide different modes of action,” she said.”And they help us avoid resistance problems in white grubs.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Grass-fed milk

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaWhen Sweet Grass Dairy in Thomasville, Ga., was consideringadding milk to its successful goat and cow cheese business, Desiree Wehner contactedthe University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.The family-owned dairy wanted to know the best way to markettheir milk. Their answer wasn’t exactly what either they or the center wereexpecting.Before interviewing 674 respondents in the Atlanta andTallahassee area about their personal milk preferences, “we figured their top pick wouldprobably be organic,” said CAED economist Kent Wolfe. The other two choices werelocally produced milk and grass-fed milk.Instead, consumers responded that they were more interested inbuying grass-fed milk than either organic or locally produced products. They alsoconsidered the grass-fed milk more unique.Wolfe thinks it has something to do with the mental image of”happy cows.””Grass-fed milk conjured up the image of happy cows, that thesecows have a better quality of life,” he said. “I think that’s what people think.”That, he said, and many people are taking more interest in health issues.Sweet Grass Dairy, which operates both a cow and a goat dairy,reflects this growing trend. Before changing to grass-fed milk and starting cheeseproduction, they ran a conventional dairy.Now, the family says they’ve completely changed the way theircows and goats live. Instead of spending their days inside or receiving hormones orstimulants, the animals “live outdoors, get exercise and enjoy grazing. Ourphilosophy is carried over to our goat herd as well.”In the past, this was reflected through the organic food label.”Different factors are important to various consumer groups,”Wolfe said. “Natural and other production characteristics can be more important to aconsumer than true organic production. We found that even the locally produced milkis more important to this sample of Atlanta and Tallahassee consumers than the(U.S. Department of Agriculture) organic stamp.”Differences between the markets that CAED surveyed do exist. TheTallahassee respondents were much more interested in grass-fed milk thantheir Atlanta counterparts, who leaned more toward locally produced milk. Butoverall, the tendency was toward grass-fed.On average, women were more interested in grass-fed milk thantheir male counterparts. Other items CAED asked about were willingness to pay, willingnessto pay a premium and uniqueness of the products. They also questionedparticipants about different kinds of cheese and fortified yogurt.The Tallahassee and Atlanta areas were chosen because of theirproximity to the Thomasville dairy, which is located in southwest Georgia.As for Sweet Grass Dairy, the grass-fed title they plan to attachto their milk “is kind of unique,” Wolfe said. “They’re probably the only one in thestate going under that label.”A secondary result of the study, he said, was that the dairydecided to put in a facility to process their grass-fed milk on the farm.last_img read more

Kudzu Bug

first_imgKudzu bugs may be native to Asia, but they’re a major problem in Georgia —particularly for soybean farmers.On average, if left untreated, kudzu bug damage will result in a 20 percent yield loss for soybean farmers, with that figure reaching as high as 60 percent. Those are statistics University of Georgia entomologist Phillip Roberts wants soybean farmers to be mindful of.“If you’re a soybean farmer in Georgia, you need to be aware of this pest,” said Roberts, a scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Tifton Campus. “You need to be scouting for this pest.”Roberts referred to the kudzu bug as an “economic pest” that requires management, such as scouting your soybean crop. When scouting soybeans, if the bug reaches a certain population or passes the economic threshold, action is required, usually in the form of an insecticide application.“We believe we’ve developed a program where we can manage and minimize yield loss,” Roberts said. “We don’t eliminate yield loss. Our goal is to maximize profitability.”Why are kudzu bugs so harmful to soybean plants? They possess a sucking mouth part that feeds on plant sap. The kudzu bug sucks on the main stem and the leaf, which weakens and stresses the plant.Roberts discussed the collaborative research being conducted by UGA, Clemson and North Carolina State at the annual field day held at the Southeast Research and Education Center in Midville in August. The project, which is funded by the Georgia Soybean Commodity Commission and the United Soybean Board, is being studied at UGA farms in Midville, Tifton, Griffin and Athens. Researchers in Midville are looking at the economic threshold of kudzu bugs — or when the cost of kudzu bug damage starts to outweigh the cost of treating for the pests — and trying to determine the most appropriate time to treat for kudzu bugs based on the insects’ population density.“The reason we’re working in Midville is you have a different environment here. The conditions are different, which allows us to make sure what we’re finding works in all these different environments,” Roberts said. “For example, in Midville for the last couple of years we’ve had extremely high numbers of kudzu bugs. That’s one of the reasons we’re working here. In 2013, we still have treatable infestations of kudzu bugs, but we (also) had real high populations in Griffin this year.“It allows us to get data generated in that part of the state. It appears with the kudzu bug, what we’re learning, is that everything is pretty consistent in how it performs,” he said. For more information about the kudzu bug, see the website developed by the University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at kudzubug.org.last_img read more