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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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Early August Peanut Update

Drs. Monfort, Srinivasan, and I spent several days last week walking peanut fields to get a measure of how severe tomato spotted wilt is in this year’s crop. Incidence of virus symptoms varied from 0 to over 30% in the fields that were surveyed. This effort also gave me an…
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Corn Rootworm in GA Peanuts

The first call I received about corn rootworm in peanut a couple weeks ago seemed like one of those interesting oddities that show up in a field or two every year but do not amount to much more than that. Since then I have gotten a couple more calls, and…
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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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Lesser Cornstalk Borers

I mentioned last week that we were getting some reports of lesser cornstalk borer (LCB) in peanut, and that hot, dry conditions could result in more pressure. Over the last three days I have received a number of calls and emails from agents, growers, and consultants indicating that LCB is…
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Thrips Monitoring 2016: May 18-May 24

The damage progression over the last seven days in our UGA thrips trials was not as severe as I expected. On a 0 to 10 damage scale (0= no damage, 10 = dead plant) untreated check plots that were planted on 29 April averaged a 4.8 on 17 May. Damage…
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Thrips Monitoring 2016: 10-18 May

It will come as no surprise to anyone who has been walking through peanut and cotton fields over the last seven days, but tobacco thrips are still on the move. While there is no definitive answer to the question of when should we pull the trigger on a foliar insecticide…
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Thrips Monitoring 2016: 4-10 May

More peanuts are emerging this week, and as expected the phone calls and text messages about thrips have started coming more frequently. Fortunately not  many problems have been reported in fields where recommended soil insecticides were used at planting. I have heard of some severe injury in volunteer peanuts and…
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