General pest update

  • Over the last several weeks there have been a lot of discussions in Georgia about using foliar insecticide applications to target lesser cornstalk borer (LCB). The major constraint to this approach is less about the efficacy of the insecticides than it is about our inability to get products to the pest. LCB larvae spend most […]

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  • Spider mites have been reported on a number of crops including vegetables and cotton since this spring, and as conditions continue to be hot and dry in many locations, we are beginning to see populations jump in peanut. The two spotted spider mite is a challenging pest to control. It thrives in hot, dry conditions […]

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  • We currently have a diverse mix of foliage feeding caterpillars in GA peanut fields. Right now, the heliothines (tobacco budworm and corn earworm) are most common, but beet armyworm, fall armyworm, soybean looper, cutworms, and even some velvet bean caterpillars have been reported. Several species are commonly found in the same field. Fields where granular […]

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  • Lesser cornstalk borer (LCB) is probably the most serious pest of peanut in Georgia, and we are seeing quite a bit of LCB activity. This pest thrives in hot, dry conditions and light sandy soils…something we have plenty of in South GA right now. Fields need to be scouted to determine if LCB is present.

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  • There is some insect activity in GA peanut fields this week, and growers need to be watching

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