Keeping Fields Clean Year-Round

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Top Posts, Vegetables

To protect against pests and diseases, keeping fields clean is a year-round job for growers. Scott Adkins, a research plant pathologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agriculture Research Service, has some advice for growers on this subject. He spoke with AgNet Media at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, Georgia, in…

Foliar Nematodes in Florida Strawberries

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Strawberry, Top Posts

A nematode thought to be new in Florida was found recently on strawberry crops. The foliar nematode is one area of research at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Wimauma, said Johan Desaeger, assistant professor of entomology and nematology. After some research, Desaeger found…

Multiple Methods for Fighting Spotted Wing Drosophila

Jaci Schreckengost Berries, Pests, Top Posts

Researchers are investigating new behavioral and cultural controls to help protect crops from spotted wing drosophila (SWD). SWD has been attacking many crops, such as small berries, and leaving growers with devastating losses, said Ashfaq Sial, assistant professor at the University of Georgia. This pest is such an issue for growers because there is a…

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Critical Organic Insecticides

Abigail Taylor Organic, Pests, Top Posts

Auburn University Extension entomologist Ayanava Majumdar says for organic growers, the use of organic insecticides can make or break a production system. “Organic insecticides are critical for organic producers; we shouldn’t forget about them,” Majumdar says. Southeastern weather conditions are among the most unique in the nation, making pests a year-round issue. For starters, the…

Studying Insect Behavior for Pest Control

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Top Posts

Controlling insect behavior might lead to better pest management for growers in the Southeast. Xavier Martini, assistant professor at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy, studies insect behavior to help growers control pests. One part of his research uses natural enemies to combat…

Whiteflies Cause Concerns for 2018

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Top Posts

Southeastern growers continue to struggle with whiteflies and the diseases they leave behind in crops. Josh Freeman, assistant professor of horticulture at the University of Florida, said he is trying to advise growers to help them manage the pests and diseases as effectively as possible. The large amount of adult whiteflies in crops had some…

Reap the Benefits of Beneficials

Abigail Taylor Pests, Top Posts

A huge issue for southeastern growers is pests’ never-ending appetite for growing produce. Though there are several methods to manage pests, using beneficial insects as a natural technique can be effective. Ayanava Majumdar, Auburn University Extension entomologist, has been studying the use of beneficials to manage devastating pests in Alabama. Lately, Majumdar has been testing…

Managing Diamondback Moth Organically

Abigail Taylor Organic, Pests, Top Posts

Diamondback moth is a devastating pest that feeds on virtually all cruciferous vegetable crops, including broccoli, kale and cabbage. Oscar Liburd, a professor in the entomology department at the University of Florida, is working to find organic management methods for diamondback moth in cabbage. Liburd says he chose to work on diamondback moth because it…