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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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Sustainable Management of Thrips in Small Fruit Production Systems – Grower Listening Session

Dr. Ash Sial, Blueberry Entomologist and UGA IPM Program Coordinator Blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, and strawberry growers throughout the southeast region and nationally are invited to attend an upcoming stakeholder listening session where they will be asked to share their experiences, concerns and needs with researchers regarding thrips management in their small…
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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 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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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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UGA IPM Academy Series Provides In-Service Training Opportunities for Agents Throughout the Southeast

A new in-service training series is set to begin this fall that will provide Extension agents in the southeast with the latest information on integrated pest management within various commodity areas. Trainings will be led by specialists from the University of Georgia with invited speakers from institutions within the Southern…
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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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