Supplemental Fumigation Strategies for Soilborne Pests, Diseases

Clint Thompson Disease, Florida, Fumigation, Top Posts

By Ashley Robinson The phaseout of methyl bromide continues to stimulate research into the use of other soil fumigants for controlling soilborne pathogens, nematodes and weeds to an acceptable level for production. Researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) are looking at ways to modify the current fumigation system to better reflect the distribution …

Pierce’s Disease Training

Clint Thompson Alabama, Disease, Florida, Georgia, Grapes, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson In his latest UGA Extension Viticulture blog, University of Georgia Extension Fruit Disease Specialist Phil Brannen says grape producers will soon be seeing symptoms of Pierce’s disease in susceptible varieties; typically Vitis vinifera and some hybrids. Mild winter temperatures have contributed to an increase in Pierce’s disease at higher elevations in Georgia and throughout the Southeast. Symptoms …

Clemson Extension Agents Provide Updates on Various Crops

Clint Thompson Berries, Disease, Peaches, Pests, South Carolina, Top Posts

Clemson Extension agents provided updates in The South Carolina Grower this week about the status of various crops being produced throughout the state. Coastal Zack Snipes reports, “It was a warm week with some sprinkled in showers along the coast. All crops are coming in right now with heavy watermelon volume. What’s left of the tomato crop is ripening fast. …

Valent U.S.A. Offers Fast, Long-Lasting Insecticide

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By Clint Thompson Valent U.S.A. is offering a new insecticide that offers fast and long-lasting control of soft-bodied insects of vegetable and citrus crops. This is the first year that producers will have access to Senstar Insecticide. It provides farmers with two effective modes of action for control of soft-bodied insects, including whiteflies, aphids, thrips and pysillids. “Southeast vegetable and …

Shriveled blueberries could signal “mummy berry” disease

Clint Thompson Alabama, Berries, Disease, Florida, Fruit, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Top Posts

By Paul Pugliese for CAES News Blueberries are one of the most popular backyard fruits for Georgia because they are relatively low maintenance compared to other fruit species. However, there is one particular disease issue known as “mummy berry” that can be problematic for blueberry growers. The disease is easily recognized when the fruit begins to ripen, as infected berries …

Bacterial Spot Leaving Mark in Tomato Crops

Clint Thompson Alabama, Disease, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tomatoes, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Bacterial spot in tomatoes has been observed in various locations in Alabama, according to Ed Sikora, professor and Extension plant pathologist in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University. He believes the excess rainfall and abnormal temperatures contributed to the disease being more problematic this year.  “I think this year with the moisture we’ve …

Grape Producers Need to be Wary of Downy Mildew Disease

Clint Thompson Alabama, Disease, Georgia, Grapes, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Grape producers in north Alabama and north Georgia need to be wary of downy mildew disease. It has been confirmed in vonifera grapes in two separate Georgia locations, says Phil Brannen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension fruit disease specialist. “My hope is that if folks are spraying well, if they’re actually effective in spraying the vines and …

Fruit Splits, Yeast Rot Contribute to Tough Year for Blueberry Farmers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Berries, Disease, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson A difficult year for the blueberry industry, which started in Florida amid the coronavirus pandemic, continued in Georgia. Farmers reported fruit splits and yeast rot in their rabbit-eye blueberry crop. The result was a down year where packing houses closed because of the lack of quality fruit coming in. Excess Rainfall the Culprit? Jonathan Oliver, University of …