UGA Peanut Entomology is a research and Extension program within the Department of Entomology located at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus. Our research goal is to develop effective insect management strategies that are economically and environmentally sustainable for the peanut producers of Georgia. The mission of our Extension program is to provide the best and most timely pest management information to the peanut industry and to facilitate adoption of new management practices.
While there are many insects that feed on peanut, only a few are considered economically important pests. Nevertheless, insects present a significant threat to peanut profitability in the southern United States. Challenges currently facing peanut producers include: lack of economic thresholds for common pest species, the threat of burrower bug damage, and uncertainty about best thrips management practices given new technology and availability of tomato spotted wilt resistant cultivars.
The Peanut Entomology Program is designed to address existing pest management concerns and to stand ready to tackle new pest problems as they arise. The UGA Peanut Entomology blog will be used to keep county agents, growers, and other pest management professionals up to date with the latest peanut insect management information.