The March issue of VSCNews Magazine targets the best pest management practices for growers.
Asian vegetable production is blooming in Florida. As the industry flourishes, so are nematodes. Since most Asian vegetable crops do not have a pesticide label, researchers from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) investigate non-chemical nematode management methods to control the pest.
Mites can cause significant damage on blueberry plants if not properly managed. The southern red mite and false spider mite can wreak havoc on southern highbush blueberries throughout the Southeast. A team of UF/IFAS researchers address these pests and proper management tactics.
Corn silk flies are the most damaging insects of sweet corn in southern Florida. Julien Beuzelin, an assistant professor at the UF/IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center, reports on his latest research.
Lastly, pollinators play an important role in the production of crops around the nation. Florida’s hot, humid climate is ideal for crop production year-round. Unfortunately, this favorable environment paves the way for various pests. When using chemical controls, it’s important to consider the potential impacts on pollinators. Researchers at UF/IFAS address how to effectively manage pests while protecting pollinators.
Find all these articles and more, coming soon in the next issue of VSCNews magazine.
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