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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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UGA IPM Program Ranked Outstanding, Receives Maximum Funding Amount

Written By: Emily Cabrera, UGA IPM Communications Coordinator Expert/Source: Ash Sial, UGA IPM Coordinator and blueberry entomologist  An impressive team of University of Georgia researchers just received $765,000 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Crop Protection and Pest Management Program that supports the continuation of integrated pest…
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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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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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Whitefly Update in Fall Vegetables – 2020

Witten By: Emily Cabrera, UGA IPM Communications CoordinatorExpert Sources: Alton Sparks, Extension Vegetable Entomologist, Bhabesh Dutta, Extension Vegetable Disease Specialist Vegetable growers are cautioned to be on the lookout now as silverleaf whitefly populations are already exploding in the Tifton-Colquitt area. “This is typically where we see this pest most…
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Thrips and Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus in Peanuts

Written By: Emily Cabrera, IPM Communications CoordinatorExpert Source: Mark Abney, Associate Professor of Entomology, University of Georgia Come August, peanut growers will either see that their efforts this past spring to control for Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus paid off or they will most likely be planning ahead for next spring…
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Cover Crops in Cotton Production

Written by: Emily CabreraExpert Source: Nick Basinger, Assistant Professor of Weed Science, Crop and Soil Sciences The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said earlier this month they are pulling registrations for the use of all dicamba products for row-crop production. This herbicide has been around since the late 1960’s, but…
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A rapid and sensitive method for detection of Phytophthora capsici in irrigation water sources

Written by: Emran Ali, Owen Hudson, Justin Hand, and Sumyya Waliullah Georgia ranks among the top three states in the nation in vegetable production. One of the most serious diseases in vegetable production in Georgia is Phytophthora blight, caused by the oomycete pathogen Phytophthora capsici. It is a water mold…
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