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

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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

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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…

Trap-Cropping Recommendations

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Trap cropping is an organic method to combat pests. Ayanava Majumdar, an Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, has been researching the best trap-crop methods to manage leaffooted bugs. Leaffooted bugs can usually be seen in groups on produce. According to Majumdar, these pests can do some serious quality and quantity damage to…

Alabama Insect Update

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Heavy rainfall has decreased the number of pests in Alabama. However, the pests have not disappeared. Ayanava Majumdar, an Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, gives an update on what he is finding in his sticky traps. The increased rainfall in the Southeast has kept the pests somewhat at bay. Majumdar says he…

Weather Conditions Increase Whitefly Populations

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Due to the warmer temperatures this past winter and spring, as well as the recent drought, whiteflies are currently a heavy pest issue in Florida. Hugh Smith, assistant professor of vegetable entomology at the University of Florida's Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, says whitefly populations can quickly rise with hot and dry conditions, like…

Battling Thrips and Tospoviruses

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One of the most threatening agricultural pests is thrips, which can affect many crops, including vegetables. Joe Funderburk, a professor of entomology at the University of Florida (UF), says thrips lay their eggs in the plant, which leaves dimples in the fruit. Thrips larvae will also feed on the outside of the plant, which will…