As Weather Cools, Prepare for Fall Insects

Clint Thompson Georgia, Pests, Top Posts

By Emily Cabrera for CAES News As the weather cools across the state, several fall insects will begin to take center stage around Georgia homes. Be on the lookout for these nuisance pests and make preparations to deter them from entering your home for the winter. Asian Needle Ants University of Georgia entomologist Dan Suiter tells homeowners to be on …

Pest Pressure High for Alabama Vegetable Growers

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Alabama fruit and vegetable growers need to be aware that moths are still active across the state. According to the Alabama Extension Commercial Horticulture Facebook page, the number of fall and yellowstriped armyworms, soybean loopers, corn earworms and vine borers continues to rise. There is a risk of infestations in vegetable crops from caterpillars. Scout and control these early. According …

Use Resistant Varieties When Possible to Protect Against Whiteflies

Clint Thompson Disease, Georgia, Pests, Top Posts, Vegetables

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable entomologist Stormy Sparks paints an ominous picture of the potential devastation whiteflies will have on this year’s fall vegetable crop. “We’re probably a month ahead of the last two years. This is going to be challenging fall for whiteflies,” Sparks said. Vegetable producers across the Southeast have either planted or are currently planting their …

Proper Sanitation Remains Key Management Tactic Against Whiteflies

Clint Thompson Pests, Top Posts, Vegetables

One of the best management tactics for vegetable growers when dealing with whitefly infestations is to get rid of any plants left in the field once harvest season is done. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable entomologist Stormy Sparks continues to preach proper sanitation to producers amid the worst whitefly outbreak in Georgia since 2017. “This is really for all …

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Tomato Growers Watch Out for Insects

Clint Thompson Alabama, Pests, Tomatoes, Top Posts

Tomato planting is currently underway across the Southeast. It is never too early to start thinking about insect pests that could hinder fall production in Alabama. According to the Tomato Insect Pests 101 video, Ayanava Majumdar, Auburn Extension Professor in Entomology and Plant Pathology, cautions growers to scout their tomato fields every week for pests and look for insects over …

Corn Earworms Remain Key Pest for Alabama Hemp Producers

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Alabama hemp producers are tackling one pest after another this growing season. They started with fire ants not long after the crop was planted. Now, according to Katelyn Kesheimer, Auburn University Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, the key insect is corn earworm. “They’re really hard to control because they start small. Then they’ll be eating and eating and eating and …

Insect Pressure in Alabama Concerning for Producers

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Insect pressure is high right now throughout Alabama. Ayanava Majumdar, an Auburn Extension Professor in Entomology and Plant Pathology, wants producers to be aware of the difference between squash vine borer larvae and pickleworm larvae. Complaints have increased significantly for both insects. Squash vine borer larvae are found inside hollow stems at the soil surface. Eventually, they pupate in the …

Fumigants for Nematode Management in Vegetables

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By Abolfazl Hajihassani and Chinaza Nnamdi The majority of vegetable production in Georgia is located in multiple counties in the southern region of the state. Vegetables are grown year-round on both raised beds covered with polyethylene plastic mulch and on bare ground. Using a comprehensive survey conducted in 2018, we have documented that root-knot nematodes, Meloidogyne spp., are the No. …