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New Private Applicator Certification

The University of Georgia(UGA) has offered a free service to the state of Georgia for years. In the past, anyone involved in the production of an agricultural commodity could come into any extension office in the state and offer proof of American citizenship, a copy of their driver’s license, and an application…
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Foliage Feeders heavy in some soybean fields

Some soybean fields that I have been in recently have heavy foliage feeder pressure right now.  I am seeing a mix of both Soybean Loopers and Velvetbean Caterpillars in most fields.  Growers need to be scouting area soybean fields for foliage feeders now and be ready to make an insecticide application…
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Peanut Foliage Feeders

Foliage Feeders have been scattered throughout our peanut crop for a few weeks now but not every field has reached a treatment threshold.  The picture above is of a soybean looper chewing on a peanut leaf in a field I visited this morning. Here is another picture showing the larvae that I…
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Foliage Feeders beginning to show up in Soybeans

I have been out looking at some soybeans today and I am beginning to see some foliage feeders showing up in soybeans.  Although, I have not seen ANY fields that were at a treatable level yet, growers should be aware that they are there and keep an eye on the…
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White Sugar Cane Aphids starting to show up

White Sugarcane Aphids showed up in Georgia in 2014 and infested grain sorghum across most of the state.  We are expecting this insect to cause significant problems in grain sorghum again in 2015. Here is a picture of white sugarcane aphids on area johnsongrass that I took earlier today: Here are some pictures of…
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2015 UGA Cotton Scout Schools

Cotton insect scouting schools will be conducted on June 8, 2015 in Tifton and June 16, 2015 in Midville. These programs offer basic information on cotton insects and scouting procedures and will serve as an introduction to cotton insect monitoring for new scouts and as a review for experienced scouts…
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Thrips showing up in Peanuts

I visited a peanut field this morning that had some thrips damage beginning to show up.  Below is a picture I took of two rows of peanuts this morning.  The row on the left was treated with an in-furrow insecticide for thrips while the row on the right was not. You can…
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Timing is Critical for Thrips

As cotton seed begins to emerge around the county, growers hopefully have already put some thoughts into their thrips management strategy for 2015.  A recent Growing Georgia story discussed thrips management in 2015 cotton. Here are some tips from Dr. Phillip Roberts, UGA Extension Entomologist, that can be found in…
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