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1000th Certified Master Beekeeper and Counting

Written By: Emily CabreraExperts/Sources: Dr. Keith Delaplane, University of Georgia professor, Cindy Hodges, Master Craftsman Beekeeper, Moreen Rebeira, Certified Beekeeper After two decades, drawing from twenty-two states and two countries, the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program has just welcomed its 1000th participant. If you’ve ever attempted beekeeping, you probably know it’s…
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UGA IPM Academy Series Provides In-Service Training Opportunities for Agents Throughout the Southeast

A new in-service training series is set to begin this fall that will provide Extension agents in the southeast with the latest information on integrated pest management within various commodity areas. Trainings will be led by specialists from the University of Georgia with invited speakers from institutions within the Southern…
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Spotted Wing Drosophila Identification, Monitoring, and Management in Georgia Blueberries

Written By: Ash Sial, University of Georgia Blueberry Entomologist The spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) (Diptera: Drosophilidae) is an invasive and economically important pest of many soft-skinned fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, and other. Since its first detection in California in 2008, SWD spread rapidly…
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Pecan Trials Planted at Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center

Written By: Emily Cabrera, IPM Communications CoordinatorExpert Source: Andrew Sawyer, Southeast District Area Pecan Agent After a year of thoughtful planning and collaboration, young pecan trees have finally been planted in what will serve as both long-term research plots and short-term demonstration plots at the University of Georgia Vidalia Onion…
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Supporting small fruit producers: regional fungicide resistance testing of Colletotrichum (anthracnose) and Botrytis (gray mold)

Written by: Emran Ali, Phillip M. Brannen, and Tammy Stackhouse Fungicide resistance is a major problem for growers, as it can lead to loss of disease control, reduced yields, and unnecessary expense by applying products that no longer work. Fungal pathogens are managed with a limited number of fungicide classes….
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UGA Professor Part of Multi-State Team Receives $2 Million Grant to Study Use of Essential Oils for Blueberry Disease Control

Written By: Jonathan Oliver, Fruit Pathologist Organic food sales topped $50 billion in the United States in 2018. Statistics from the Organic Trade Association tell part of the story of this growing market: Fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops combined to make up 36.3% of total organic sales up 5.6%…
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