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A “Mitey” Wormy Week in Peanuts

It came as no surprise on Monday morning when the phone starting ringing with questions about foliage feeding caterpillars, lesser cornstalk borers and two spotted spider mites in peanut fields. Most of the foliage feeding caterpillars we are seeing now are velvetbean caterpillars (VBC). This species is generally easy to…
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Caterpillars in August Peanuts

Velvetbean caterpillars (VBC) have arrived in large numbers in some Georgia peanut fields over the past couple weeks. Peanuts that are 70 to 90 days after planting are likely to be at greatest risk for yield loss from defoliation; the risk is even greater in fields that are drought stressed….
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Watch for Developing Spider Mite Infestations

Few pests of peanut are as dreaded or as difficult to control as the two spotted spider mite. Spider mites generally start to show up in peanut fields in late July, and if conditions are favorable they can severely injure or even kill plants. Hot and dry are the main…
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Mid-July Pest Update

There continue to be lesser cornstalk borers (LCB) in Georgia peanut fields, and I do not see any reason that should change over the next few weeks. Interestingly, most of the heavy pressure has not been in the Southwest but in the middle and eastern portions of South GA. I…
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Spider Mites

As we approach harvest time of the 2014 Georgia peanut crop, we still need to be mindful of two spotted spider mites. This pest is present in many areas around the state and under hot, dry conditions populations can explode quickly. Peanuts with two or more weeks to go before…
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Comite and Fungicide Tank Mixes

Several folks have recently asked me about the compatibility of Comite II miticide and commonly used fungicides in peanut. I sprayed Comite II alone and in combination with several fungicides last Friday afternoon. The products were sprayed at a higher than labeled rate and in the hottest part of a…
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