Slug Management in Blueberries

Clint Thompson Berries, Georgia, Pests, Top Posts

Ash Sial, Associate Professor in the University of Georgia in the Department of Entomology, is receiving reports of slug infestations in Georgia blueberries. According to the UGA IPM blog, slugs generally lay between 3 and 40 small transparent eggs at one time. Each slug can lay up to 400 per year. The slugs can contaminate the harvested fruit once harvest …

Diamondback Moths a Problem for Cole Crop Producers

Clint Thompson Cole Crop, Georgia, Pests, Top Posts

Diamondback moths are starting to show up in some vegetable fields across Georgia, says Stormy Sparks, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable entomologist. Cole crops producers need to be wary of this pest, as it can pose a threat to cabbage, collards, kale and broccoli. “Diamondback moth is starting to show up in some areas. We’ve had three or four …

UGA Vegetable Entomologist: Potential Explosion of Whiteflies This Fall Never Occurred

Clint Thompson Cole Crop, Cucurbits, Georgia, Pests, Top Posts

Whiteflies were projected to have a widespread, devastating impact on fall vegetable crops in Georgia. But according to University of Georgia vegetable entomologist Stormy Sparks, that never happened. “We were setting up for an explosion of whiteflies in the fall and it never really occurred,” Sparks said. “I’m pleasantly surprised it wasn’t a lot worse than it was. In the …

Senstar Insecticide a Viable Option for Southeast Vegetable Growers

Clint Thompson Cucurbits, Pests, Top Posts, Vegetables

Valent U.S.A. continues to tout Senstar Insecticide as another effective tool in the toolbox for vegetable growers trying to manage whiteflies. It offers fast and long-lasting control of soft-bodied insects of vegetable and citrus crops. These pests include whiteflies, aphids, thrips and pysillids. Whiteflies were widespread this year and led to the worst outbreak for Southeast growers since 2017. They …

Caterpillar Pressure Varies Across State

Clint Thompson Florida, Pests, Top Posts

According to the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline, worm pressure has been high in some parts of the EAA (Everglades Agricultural Area). Producers and scouts report finding loopers, bean leaf rollers and armyworms in beans. Loopers and armyworms are very common in lettuce plantings. Across Southwest Florida, worm pressure has been low to moderate. Scouts are finding mostly southern …

Slug Damage a Concern for Growers Amid Rain, Heavy Soil Moisture

Clint Thompson Alabama, Pests, Top Posts

Rainfall this week combined with soil moisture can bring some unwanted problems for vegetable farmers and gardeners in Alabama, including slugs, according to Alabama Extension. Ayanava Majumdar, Alabama Extension Professor in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University, said attacks from slugs can occur at various stages of vegetable crops with high intensity noticed in the late …

Whiteflies Impacting Alabama Vegetables

Clint Thompson Alabama, Pests, Top Posts

This has been the year of the whitefly for vegetable producers in the Southeast. Even as they have been a problem for Georgia vegetable producers, they have also been a nuisance for Alabama farmers.   Ed Sikora, an Alabama Extension Specialist Professor in Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University, said he’s seen quite a few whiteflies on some of …

Bishop, Loeffler Announce USDA Funding for Ag Research

Clint Thompson Georgia, Pecan, Pests, Top Posts

According to Georgia Farm Bureau, Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga. 2nd District) and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) each announced funding for Georgia agricultural research. On Oct. 16, Bishop, chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, provided funding for pecan and peanut research in the FY2021 Agriculture Appropriations bill. The bill …