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UGA releases parasitic wasp to control invasive fruit fly

Written by: Emily Cabrera, UGA IPM Communications Coordinator Experts/Sources: Cera Jones, Small Fruit Entomology Lab Manager and Corinne Stouthamer, Research Scientist, University of Georgia In a quiet field of abandoned blueberries and shrubby brush in south Georgia, Cera Jones released hundreds of tiny parasitic wasps into the thicket and watched them fly…
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UGA Southeast Research and Education Center to host Midville Field Day Aug. 10

Written by: Emily Cabrera, UGA IPM Communications Coordinator Expert/Source: Anthony Black, Southeast Research and Education Center Superintendent The University of Georgia Southeast Research and Education Center (SEREC) will host its annual field day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10. The annual event is an open house tour of current…
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UGA Suggested Insecticide Regime for Spotted-Wing Drosophila (SWD) Control in Blueberries

Written by: Ash Sial, Department of Entomology, University of Georgia Spotted-wing drosophila (SWD, Drosophila suzukii) is an invasive pest of soft skinned fruit in the United States and has been detected throughout the southeast. Infestations were observed in some blueberries. SWD damage is similar to blueberry maggot. Female flies lay their…
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Georgia Farmers Improve Sustainability One Metric at a Time

Written by: Emily Cabrera, UGA IPM Communications CoordinatorExpert/Source: Kaylyn Groce Reagin, Cotton & Peanut Sustainability Extension Educator The muddy waters of what is ‘sustainable’ are clearing up with the implementation of a new calculator that gives agricultural producers a reliable method to quantify a farm’s sustainability. As consumers have become…
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Blueberry Insect IPM Under the Scope

Written by: Emily Cabrera, IPM Communications Coordinator Expert/Source: Ash Sial, Blueberry Entomologist Blueberry growers got up close and personal last week at a special blueberry insect IPM learning session in Alma, Georgia. Over the past few years, a range of blueberry insects have battered the industry in the southeast, so…
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Organic Agriculture Research Gaining Traction in Georgia

Written By: Emily Cabrera, IPM Communications CoordinatorExpert/Source: Dr. Carmen Blubaugh, Allison Stawara, Christiana Huss, Jon Golan, Julia Berliner Organic farmers in the southeast may have struggled to find resources and support to help combat pests, but now University of Georgia Insect Ecology professor Dr. Carmen Blubaugh and her team is…
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