Insecticide-Resistant Pest Pummels Cowpeas

Abbey Taylor Pests, Top Posts

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 a major crop in southern …

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 the most damaging. The root …

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 if you get 75 or …

Controlling Caterpillars in Brassica Crops

Abbey 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, which small-scale growers can implement …

New Pest-Exclusion System

Abbey 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 new system is called high-tunnel …

Hurricanes May Bring Unusual Pests

Abbey 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. Rain can bring insect pathogens …

Identifying and Controlling Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle

Abbey 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. Now, Majumdar says he still …

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Laurel Wilt Scouting Recommendations

Abbey 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 its symptoms in the grove …