N.C. Mountain State Fair Canceled for 2020

Clint Thompson North Carolina, Top Posts

FLETCHER – As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of conditions come September, the N.C. Mountain State Fair will not be held in 2020. The fair was scheduled to take place Sept. 11 through 20. “I would like nothing better than to not be making this announcement today,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The Western N.C. …

UGA Entomologist: Whiteflies Not as Bad as 2017 But Still Bad

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pests, South Carolina, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable entomologist Stormy Sparks confirmed this week that whiteflies are back with a vengeance on susceptible vegetable crops and Georgia’s cotton, which is still just a few weeks old. “I’ve been holding off a long time on saying it looks bad. But about a week ago, it’s just hard to say it …

San Jose Scale Problem for Peach Producers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Peaches, Pests, South Carolina, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Brett Blaauw, University of Georgia assistant professor in the Department of Entomology, says the time is now to treat San Jose scale crawlers which are peaking in peach orchards. “Right around late June, early July and then again in August, we see these real high populations of their larvae, the crawlers. Crawlers are also susceptible to insecticides. …

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

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

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 …

Secretary Perdue: President Trump Delivers USMCA, a huge win for U.S. Agriculture

Clint Thompson Alabama, Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Top Posts

Contact: USDA PressEmail: press@oc.usda.gov (Washington, D.C., July 1, 2020) – Today, The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) enters into force, replacing the decades-old NAFTA. USMCA is a better deal for America’s farmers, consumers and workers that will set them up for success for decades to come. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue penned an oped in the North Carolina Fayetteville Observer …

Root Borers a Danger to Grapes in the Southeast

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Fruit, Georgia, Grapes, North Carolina, Pests, South Carolina, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson The time is now for grape producers to protect their crop against the grape root borer, said Brett Blaauw, assistant professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Georgia. He said usually in north Georgia, the grape root borers will emerge in early July. According to the UGA Extension Viticulture Blog, if farmers have not …

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 …

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Food Safety in Light of COVID-19

Clint Thompson Alabama, Coronavirus, Florida, Food Safety, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina

With millions of American workers staying home to aid public health efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the security of America’s food supply is more important than ever before. It’s crucial that growers are taking the appropriate measures to ensure food safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of …