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Pecan Trials Planted at Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center

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 and Vegetable Research Center in Toombs County. Research will focus on low-input pecan varieties that…
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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. ‚ÄúThis 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

Basinger and his team have between eight to ten projects underway in the piedmont region of Georgia, with some of their work happening at the Midville Research Station. Multi-state projects looking at winter cover crops and summer cover crops will help researchers provide better recommendations for growers during those fallow…
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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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2020 Virtual Blueberry IPM Field Day

Interested in learning about integrated pest management options for blueberries? Need pesticide credits? Register for the Virtual Extension IPM Blueberry Field Day and join in next Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (EST). Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1714103849236858380
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Alternaria Leaf Blight and Head Rot in Brassica: A mystery or an old nemesis with new arsenal?

Written By: Emily Cabrera, IPM Communications CoordinatorExpert Source: Bhabesh Dutta, Extension Plant Pathologist A particularly nasty fungus is making a comeback across vegetable fields in the South but research efforts by UGA specialists hope to give farmers the refined tools they need to stop it in its tracks. Alternaria Leaf…
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