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Corn Disease and Pest Update June 2014

As you have seen on the blog over the last month, we have reported Northern Corn Leaf Blight and Northern Corn Leaf Spot that has been found in the area.  These diseases are typically found heavier in fields that are corn behind corn and good leaf moisture into the day….
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New Option for Nematode Control for Georgia Cotton Growers

Recently the EPA has made the determination to allow the use of Counter 20G as a nematicide in cotton for Georgia cotton growers.  This is largely due to efforts by our UGA Cotton Team and Extension Plant Pathologist, Dr. Bob Kemerait who worked together to apply for an “Emergency Use”…
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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….
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Area Wheat Update

I have been in several wheat fields in the last couple days and most of them have moved into the jointing growth phase.  Once the wheat reaches this growth stage, it has gotten too mature for most herbicides and has also passed the optimum time for applying topdress nitrogen.  Any wheat…
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Soybean growers keeping an eye out for late insect pressure.

  Several growers have called this week with concerns about insect pressure in soybeans.  In several of the fields I visited, stinkbugs were at treatable levels.  The picture above is of some small, immature southern green stinkbugs on soybeans in the R6 stage of development.  This cluster was a recent…
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Grain Storage Protectant Shortage for 2013 Harvest Season

  We have received an update on stored grain protectants from Dr. Mike Toews, UGA Cooperative Extension Entomologist. Update on Stored Grain Protectants: Based on my call volume this week, it is evident that we have a problem with grain protectant availability for the 2013 corn crop.  I’ve visited with representatives from each…
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Fall Armyworms in Nochaway Area

  Well it is that time again, fall armyworms are certainly showing up in numbers.  I have seen a few fields this week that were at treatable levels for armyworms.  This pest can devastate a forage crop in a few days time so scouting for them is a must. Where…
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Sorghum Crop Pest Update.

Yesterday and today I have been walking in a few fields of grain sorghum.  Most of the ones I have visited have been heading out and flowering.  The Sorghum Midge was the primary reason for the field visits but I found a few leaf-footed bugs and stink bugs along field…
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Kudzu Bugs are here!

Everyone that grew soybeans last year probably already know this pest.  It is a relatively new pest to our area but can definitely impact our yields.  The kudzu bugs, Megacopta cribraria, feed on kudzu as well as soybeans and lima beans.  They feed on other plants as well but are…
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