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

Abigail Taylor Leafy Vegetables, Pests, Research, Top Posts

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

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

Abigail Taylor Pests, Top Posts

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

Abigail Taylor Pests, Top Posts

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…