Aphid Control Advice

Abigail Taylor Pests, Top Posts

Aphids have been a challenge for vegetable growers in the Southeast. According to Ayanava Majumdar, Auburn University Extension entomologist, it does not matter whether a grower produces fall or summer vegetables, aphids are a non-stop issue. Aphids are small insects, measuring approximately 1 to 2 millimeters long. They are shaped like tear drops and may…

Florida First Detectors Help ID Invasive Plant Pests Before They Spread

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Florida has the most invasive species of any state in the country, and half of the insects, reptiles, arachnids and crustaceans imported into the United States come through Florida ports, University of Florida experts say. So, UF/IFAS has teamed up with government agencies to create the Florida…

Insecticide-Resistant Pest Pummels Cowpeas

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An insecticide-resistant pest is ravishing through southern peas, also known as cowpeas, in southern Georgia and Alabama. The cowpea curculio is an increasing threat in the Southeast as growers struggle to control the pest. Ayanava Majumdar, Auburn University Extension entomologist, says cowpea is threatened by several different pests, including caterpillars, thrips and aphids. Cowpea is…

Studying Nematode Management Strategies

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Top Posts, Vegetables

Plant parasitic nematodes continue to cause devastating losses and concerns for southeastern vegetable and specialty crop growers. Abolfazl Hajihassani, assistant professor of nematology at the University of Georgia (UGA), said that past studies have found there are five or six types of plant parasitic nematodes that affect vegetables crops, but the root knot nematode is…

Vegetable Growers Face Whitefly Challenges

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Top Posts

Southeastern vegetable growers face challenges due to whiteflies and the diseases they vector. Timothy Coolong, Extension vegetable specialist for the University of Georiga's Tifton campus, said the whitefly pressure has been extremely high over the last year due to the mild Georgia winters. "The problem is the populations were so great this year that even…

Controlling Caterpillars in Brassica Crops

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Caterpillars can wreak havoc on brassica crops, and as growers begin to put their brassicas and cool-season crops in the ground, it is important to have a strategic management plan in place to control these pests. Ayanava Majumdar, entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, offers some management strategies that he has tested in Alabama,…

New Pest-Exclusion System

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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

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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.…