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

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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

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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…

Aphid Control Advice

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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

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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…