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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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Thrips Monitoring 2016: 27 April- 4 May

Adult tobacco thrips continued to move over the last week. The first of our thrips trials in peanut should be emerging this week, and we will provide updates on the actual pressure we are seeing. In the mean time, growers are encouraged to keep an eye on fields for thrips…
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Thrips Monitoring 2016: April 19-April 27

Tobacco thrips were present on sticky traps at all locations last week. While the numbers do not seem dramatically high, they are similar to capture rates in previous years during periods of thrips dispersal. Most growers are using some form of at-plant insecticide for thrips control, but if no insecticide…
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Acephate in the Hopper Box for Thrips

As folks look for ways to cut costs in 2016, I have gotten a couple questions regarding the use of acephate (Orthene and others) in the hopper box for thrips control in peanut. I searched the GA Department of Agriculture’s “Plant Industry Division Pesticide Product Registrations” web site as well…
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Thrips Management 2016

Peanut seed are going in the ground in Georgia, and that means thrips and thrips management questions are coming. The following is an updated version of the thrips management summary for 2016. This list is not all inclusive, but it provides information about some of the more popular management practices.
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Garden Fleahopper Pictures

Last week I wrote a short paragraph about garden fleahopper. The phone rang a few more times this week with folks telling me about seeing high numbers of this insect in peanut. I went to one of our research trials Wednesday and took some pictures of the insect and the…
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