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Update from the Field: Scale and Plum Curculio

Thankfully in some areas, San Jose scale and plum curculio have not been particularly bad this season, but in my research plots in middle GA, I am starting to see an uptick in San Jose scale crawler activity. In these plots San Jose scale have been especially bad this year,…
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San Jose scale crawler management

With the beautiful spring weather we have been having, the first large peak of San Jose scale crawler activity is expected to occur within approximately two weeks from now in Fort Valley, GA. This is a couple of weeks earlier than it was last year. Following the degree day (DD)…
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OFM Management Update

Overview Oriental Fruit Moth (OFM), is an invasive pest of peaches. The adult moths are grayish, with darker banding on a mottled background (see above image). They are roughly 1/4 -inch in length, and have a wingspan of nearly 1/2-inch. Early in the season the females lay their eggs in…
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Plum curculio are on the move

Yesterday on March 17, 2020, we collected our first plum curculio of the season in one of our traps in Byron, GA. While we only collected a few, this indicates that plum curculio are becoming active in middle Georgia peaches. Although this may be a weird and uncertain time of…
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Chill update – so what now?

Hi everyone, I was waiting to send this post until it seemed that we were reaching the end of our chill accumulation for this year. The weather has been very variable the last few days from warm, to wet, and to cold. The nice thing about the temperatures going down…
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