New Pest-Exclusion System

Abigail Taylor Pests, Research, Top Posts

The Organic Food and Farming Summit began on September 17. Presented by Florida Organic Growers, the summit features farm tours, workshops and presentations on the latest research for organic production. Ayanava Majumdar, Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, revealed a new pest-exclusion method for high-tunnel production at the summit on September 18. The…

Hurricanes May Bring Unusual Pests

Abigail Taylor Pests, Top Posts, Weather

Hurricane Irma rolled through the Southeast and impacted many sectors of the region’s agriculture. While growers continue to assess the damage on their farms, Ayanava Majumdar, Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, reminds them to check their crop for unusual pests as well. According to Majumdar, insects generally do not like wet weather.…

Identifying and Controlling Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle

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A pest has been ravishing through Alabama causing devastation on several farms. Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Ayanava Majumdar, says although yellowmargined leaf beetle is not a new pest, it has made a comeback. Yellowmargined leaf beetles are invasive pests hailing from South America. They entered the United States in the 1940s.…

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Laurel Wilt Scouting Recommendations

Abigail Taylor Avocado, Pests, Top Posts

Laurel wilt has proven to be deadly to avocado trees. This fungus is spread by a nonnative insect, the redbay ambrosia beetle. Once infected, the fungus can spread to other trees through roots and improper sanitation. Jonathan Crane, a tropical fruit crop specialist with the University of Florida, says because the disease moves quickly, identifying…

Putting Traps to the Test

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Alabama Extension has been testing a new precision agriculture product called Z-Trap. Z-Trap is a tool to help with integrated pest management. Ayanava Majumdar, an Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, believes the mechanized trap can be a great tool for farmers. However, it does not come without its challenges. As most vegetable…

Spider Mite Control Strategies

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Alabama growers trying to control caterpillars may be inadvertently attracting another devastating pest. Ayanava Majumdar, an Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says growers need to keep an eye out for spider mites in their production systems. Many growers use synthetic pyrethroids to combat caterpillars in the field. While synthetic pyrethroids are very…

IR-4 Program Helps Get Pesticides Registered for Specialty Crops

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Top Posts

Peter Dittmar, assistant professor and Extension specialist at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, says the specialty crop industry has difficulties with pesticide registration. In order to solve this problem, the IR-4 program was created to help Florida growers have more options. The program is a cooperation between land grant universities, the…

UF Researchers Work to Control Pepper Pests

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Top Posts

Pepper weevil is a huge issue for pepper growers, but researchers like Philip Stansly, a professor of entomology at the University of Florida (UF), are working to find management techniques. Stansly says pepper weevil is the main pest for pepper growers in Florida. Insecticides, shortened crop cycles and UV, metalized, reflective mulches are three forms…