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Thrips

Last year we saw lots of thrips damage to peanuts. I saw some fields that were treated in some way or form 3 different times. Last year was a perfect storm for the thrips but in the end we managed through and still had some outstanding peanut yields in the area. thripsThis photo taken by Seminole County Extension Agent, Rome Ethridge shows the damage from thrips.

Here UGA Peanut Entomologist, Dr. Scott Abney, talks about how we may be able monitor the population of thrips in the area.

The big question for insects in May is what thrips populations will do over the next few weeks. After a cool wet spring in 2013 that saw much higher than normal tobacco thrips pressure in peanut, folks are understandably concerned that 2014 could be a repeat of last year. We are currently monitoring thrips dispersal using sticky traps at six locations in South Georgia (Tift, Worth, Mitchell, Decatur, Brooks, and Colquitt Counties). Traps have been in the field since mid-March, and captures have been low. We did see a slight uptick in thrips numbers the last week in April; this increase corresponded with the predicted time of dispersal of third generation tobacco thrips. It is still too early to predict the size of the fourth generation of thrips that could infest peanut in the latter half of May. Growers will need to keep a close eye on fields to determine the level of thrips activity and make appropriate management decisions.

Growers that need more iformation on thrips and the monitoring station info, please contact your local Extension Agent.