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Thrips Monitoring 2018: 4 May

Tobacco thrips captures remained steady for two weeks and then declined over the last seven days. Whether this represents the end of the spring thrips flight remains to be seen, but it certainly is not bad news for peanut growers. As we pass mid-May thirps typically become less of a…
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Thrips Monitoring 2018: 18 April

Peanuts are being planted, and tobacco thrips are moving in Georgia. Trap captures increased significantly at four of our six monitoring locations last week. This means that peanuts emerging over the next couple of weeks will be at relatively high risk for infestation. Using an at-plant insecticide with proven efficacy…
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Garden Fleahopper

It has been a while since anyone asked me about garden fleahopper in peanut, but this is the time of year when they begin to get noticed. After a couple years with more fleahoppers than “normal”, populations in Georgia peanut fields in 2016 were typically low or nonexistent. We are…
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Hopper Burn

I have  received some nice pictures of “hopper burn” on peanuts over the last week. The insect responsible for this damage is the potato leaf hopper (PLH). It is a tiny, bright yellow-green insect that feeds on the mid-vein of the leaf causing the characteristic “v” shaped yellowing at the…
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Lesser Cornstalk Borer

I have been getting scattered reports of lesser cornstalk borer (LCB) in Georgia peanuts for several weeks now. The very dry conditions that we experienced to start the season were perfect for LCB survival, and they showed up early enough in the year to cause me no small amount of…
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UGA Cotton, Peanut, and Soybean Scout Schools

Insect Scouting Schools will be conducted on June 12, 2017 in Tifton and June 20, 2017 in Midville.  Crops to be covered include cotton, peanuts, and soybean.  These programs offer basic information on insect pest identification and damage, natural enemies, and scouting procedures.  The training will serve as an introduction…
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Thrips Monitoring 2017: 11 May

Research tells us that peanuts planted in Georgia from this point forward should be at reduced risk of thrips infestation and Tomato Spotted Wilt infection. Nevertheless, we continue to catch adult tobacco thrips which means they are still moving around and can infest peanut fields as the crop emerges. My…
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