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UGA Peach Entomologist Warns Growers, Potentially Higher Populations of San Jose Scale This Spring

San Jose Scale are predicted to be particularly bad this year for peach growers, as this pest is active in temperatures over 51oF, “so we’ve already had a lot of days for this pest population to grow” said Dr. Brett Blaauw, UGA Peach Entomologist. “This pest is so pervasive in the southeast that we really don’t recommend scouting, because it’s time and labor intensive and not always accurate. We know this pest exists in every orchard and we know it will need to be managed.”

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Blueberry Growers Should Scout Early for SWD and Manage Before Berry Color Changes

Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) is the most economically significant insect pest in berry production in the southeast. They survive all year round, in every landscape, and the presence of just one egg, larva, pupa, or fly can render an entire harvest unmarketable. Scout early and manage this pest for a productive year.
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