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Lesser Cornstalk Borer and Spider Mite Update

As I drive across the state I see areas that have obviously received decent rainfall over the past month. On the other hand, there has been no measurable rain at my house in four weeks, and I am not the only one. It is DRY, and it is no secret…
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Thrips Injury and Acephate Rate

Over the years several folks have asked why there is a difference in the recommended rate of acephate for cotton (3 oz/acre) and peanut (6-12 oz/acre). I applied acephate (97) at 3, 6, or 12 oz/acre to peanut on 10 May (16 days after planting). The pictures below were taken…
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Conditions are Favorable for Southern Corn Rootworm

Conditions continue to be favorable for southern corn rootworm (SCR) development across much of Georgia’s 2018 peanut acreage. SCR is a pest that requires moist soil conditions, and we typically see rootworm infestations in fields with heavy soils and center pivot irrigation. The abundant rainfall in many areas this year…
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It has been quiet; don’t fall asleep!

Insect pressure in Georgia’s 2018 peanut crop has been as low as I have seen since 2013. Several calls have come in over the last two weeks with folks asking what they are missing because it all just seems a little too quiet in the peanut patch. As we move…
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Mid-June Insect Update

In spite of the consistent rainfall that much of Georgia’s peanut growing region received from mid-May through early June, I have received several reports of fields at threshold for lesser cornstalk borer (LCB). This insect does not generally thrive under conditions of high soil moisture, but this is a good…
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Mid July update

As I ride around South Georgia visiting research plots, I am seeing areas that have had good rainfall recently and some areas that are quickly getting dry. Insect pressure is variable around the state right now. We are getting some reports of potato leaf hopper and foliage feeding caterpillars. I…
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Thrips Monitoring: June 5

Though thrips numbers on our traps were never high, there were two distinct peaks: one in early April and another in mid-May. Numbers remained above above 0 at all sample locations for a couple weeks after the May peak, but they fell off this week. We saw plenty of peanut…
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Thrips report from Tifton Test Plots

We have a couple peanut thrips trials that were planted on 24 April on the UGA Bowen Farm in Tifton that are currently experiencing moderate thrips pressure. These trials have treatments that include phorate (Thimet) in-furrow, imidacloprid (Admire Pro or Velum Total) in-furrow, thiamethoxam seed treatment (CruiserMaxx Peanut) and an…
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Peanut Insect Pest Survey

The University of Georgia Peanut Entomology Program is conducting an online survey of peanut producers in GA. A postcard was recently mailed to growers informing them of the survey and encouraging participation. We would appreciate it if agents would encourage growers in their counties to complete the survey. It should…
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