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UGA Professor Receives $5.4 Million Grant to Combat the Most Destructive Asiatic Fly: A Keystone Pest of Fruit Crops in the United States

Written by: Emily Cabrera, UGA IPM Communications CoordinatorExpert Source: Ash Sial, Blueberry Entomologist & UGA IPM Coordinator The University of Georgia has just been awarded a $5.4 million grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) to develop…
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Pecan Variety Trials Set to Begin at Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center

Written By: Emily Cabrera, UGA IPM Communications CoordinatorExpert Source: Andrew Sawyer, Southeast Georgia Area Pecan Agent This winter researchers will begin a series of trials to help identify better management practices for pecan growers in Georgia. New pecan trees will be planted at the University of Georgia Vidalia Onion and…
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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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Increased Whitefly Pressure a Concern in Cotton and Vegetables

Written by: Emily Cabrera, UGA IPM Communications CoordinatorExpert Source: Phillip Roberts, Extension Cotton Entomologist As the summer months continue to deliver hot, dry conditions throughout most of the state, growers need to be on the lookout for silverleaf whitefly in cotton and vegetables, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialist warns….
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Organic management of spotted-wing drosophila (SWD) in small fruit production systems

Written by: Ashfaq Sial, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Georgia Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) control programs should consist of three major components: 1) monitoring and identification, 2) preventative pest management tactics (including exclusion, sanitation, frequent harvest intervals, pruning, mulching, and resistant varieties), and 3) curative pest management tactics…
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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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