Elevated caterpillar pressure has been reported in peanut over a wide area of south and central Georgia in recent days. Most folks report a mix of species, but beet armyworm has been the most abundant foliage feeder in many fields. Peanuts are at the highest risk for yield loss from defoliation at around 80 days after emergence. Growers who do not have a scout or consultant should check peanut fields this week for caterpillar infestations. If you have questions about caterpillar identification, treatment thresholds, or which products are most effective for management, contact your local UGA county Extension agent.

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