Tobacco thrips captures remained steady for two weeks and then declined over the last seven days. Whether this represents the end of the spring thrips flight remains to be seen, but it certainly is not bad news for peanut growers. As we pass mid-May thirps typically become less of a concern, and we can begin to focus our attention on scouting for foliage feeders (e.g. tobacco budworm) and soil insects (e.g. lesser cornstalk borer). We will continue to provide thrips dispersal information through the month of May.
These data are being provided for informational purposes only and may not be representative of thrips dispersal at your location. Peanut fields should be scouted regularly to quantify actual thrips populations.
If you have questions about thrips or thrips management please contact your local county Extension agent.