2021 IPM Guides: Information Critical to Production Success

Clint Thompson Alabama, Disease, Pests, Top Posts

Posted by Victoria Dee AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Whether you’re an amateur gardener or seasoned agriculturalist, there is no denying that pests can sometimes sneak in and ruin a crop. These pests may appear in the form of insects, weeds or plant diseases — and all can be detrimental. Current and former Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologists, weed scientists, plant …

Phony Peach Prevalence in Southeast

Clint Thompson Disease, Georgia, Peaches, Top Posts

By Ashley Robinson Peach trees are plagued by several different diseases throughout the growing season. But one disease is causing noticeable losses within orchards in Georgia. Phony peach disease, caused by the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa, has been challenging for growers ever since its first detection in 1885 near Marshallville, Georgia. Recently, growers across the southeast have reported an increase in …

Winter Weather Conditions Challenging for Alabama Vegetable Producers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Disease, Pests, Top Posts

A cold and rainy winter has been challenging so far for Alabama vegetable producers. Joe Kemble, Alabama Extension vegetable specialist, cautions growers that though it may be chillier, that does not eliminate certain diseases that can be problematic. “I will say on the vegetable side, things are a bit slow. Weather’s been not exactly ideal. The rainfall we’ve been having, …

Neopestalotiopsis Fruit Rot Survives in Florida Strawberry Fields

Clint Thompson Disease, Florida, Strawberry, Top Posts

Neopestalotiopsis Fruit Rot has impacted Florida strawberry production the last three seasons. The disease has taken a discouraging development for Florida producers this year, however, says Natalia Peres, Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Florida/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. “What we’ve seen this season is different than what we’ve seen the past two seasons. We can’t …

Georgia Blueberry Disease Management Update

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By Jonathan Oliver In 2020, mild winter conditions followed by a wet spring contributed to the development of significant disease issues on Georgia blueberries. Among other issues, growers faced difficulties with preharvest and postharvest fruit rots and continuing problems with spring blueberry leaf rust epidemics. The fruit pathology program at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Tifton conducts trials to …

Peach Varieties Susceptible to Bacterial Spot Disease

Clint Thompson Alabama, Disease, Florida, Georgia, Peaches, Top Posts

Susceptible peach varieties make bacterial spot disease a problem that continues to linger for growers in the Southeast. That was a message that Phil Brannen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension plant pathologist, presented during last week’s Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference. “A lot of the varieties that people really want the fruit from are susceptible. Unfortunately, that’s the reality. …

USDA Provides More Than $70 Million to Protect Agriculture and Natural Resources from Plant Pests and Diseases

Clint Thompson Disease, Pests, Top Posts

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating more than $70 million to support 383 projects under the Plant Protection Act’s Section 7721 program to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure for pest detection and surveillance, identification, threat mitigation, to safeguard the nursery production system and to respond to plant pest emergencies. Universities, states, federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, nonprofits, and …

Alabama Producers Watch Out for Alternaria Disease

Clint Thompson Alabama, Disease, Top Posts

Alternaria disease is alive and well in Alabama vegetables and needs to be monitored, especially as temperatures remain unseasonably mild this winter. Joe Kemble, Alabama Extension vegetable specialist, said growers need to be vigilant in monitoring their crops. “Despite the temperature, disease is still an issue right now. Last week I saw some pretty impressive Alternaria on several brassicas,” Kemble …