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 …

Supplemental Fumigation Strategies for Tomato Production

Ashley Robinson Fumigation, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables, VSCNews magazine

By G.E. Vallad, J. Desaeger, J. Noling and N. Boyd Vegetable and strawberry growers have long relied on soil fumigants to contend with various soilborne pathogen and pest complexes, as part of an integrated management strategy that includes crop resistance, cultural control and pesticides. However, with the loss of methyl bromide (MBr), many growers have struggled to maintain consistent soilborne …

Wait Until Mid-September to Plant Turnip, Mustard Greens in Alabama

Clint Thompson Top Posts, Vegetables

While the normal time to plant turnip and mustard greens is now, Joe Kemble, Alabama Extension vegetable specialist, advises farmers and homeowners to wait a few weeks so temperatures can cool off. During a webinar on Aug. 19 that can be accessed on the Alabama Extension Commercial Horticulture Facebook page, Kemble said growers typically plant both greens in August through …

Citrus and VSC Expos Start Wednesday

Clint Thompson Citrus, Florida, Top Posts, Vegetables

The 2020 Citrus Expo and Vegetable & Specialty Crop (VSC) Expo will be held Wednesday and Thursday, August 19-20. Due to COVID-19, this year’s event has transitioned to a virtual format, but growers can still get the same great Expo experience they are accustomed to. Both the citrus and VSC seminar programs will debut online at CitrusExpo.net at 9:30 a.m. …

Fumigants for Nematode Management in Vegetables

Ashley Robinson Fumigation, Georgia, Pests, Top Posts, Vegetables, VSCNews magazine

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. …

Clemson Extension Agents Provide Crop Updates

Clint Thompson Fruit, South Carolina, Top Posts, Vegetables

Clemson Extension agents provided updates in The South Carolina Grower this week about the status of various crops being produced throughout the state. Statewide Dr. Tony Keinath with a word on crop rotation. “To keep the soil on your farm productive over the long term, do not replant the same vegetable, or a related crop, in the same field “too …

Peak Time for Insect Pressure

Clint Thompson Alabama, Pests, Top Posts, Vegetables

Heat and dry weather conditions make this a peak time for insect pressure. Ayanava Majumdar, an Auburn Extension Professor in Entomology and Plant Pathology, cautions fall vegetable growers about insect pests and to scout regularly. “Insects love the heat because they grow through their life cycle faster because of the extra heat. They grow faster. They mate and reproduce faster …