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Thrips Management for 2015

The weather is warming up, and soon peanut seed will be going into the ground. After two seasons of relatively heavy and late thrips pressure in Georgia, it is understandable that growers are asking questions about thrips management options for 2015. The most common questions I have gotten recently involve…
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Burrower Bug Damage and Seg 2 Peanuts

We made it through the first couple weeks of the 2014 peanut harvest without hearing too much about burrower bugs, and I thought hopefully our prediction of heavier burrower bug damage this year was going to be wrong. Over the last two weeks, however, the reports of seg 2 peanuts…
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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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Burrower Bug Light Traps

Last week Scott Carlson in Worth County and Eddie Beasley in Berrien County each put a light trap in non-irrigated peanut fields. Burrower bugs were collected at both locations on the first night the traps ran. Only limited research has been done on burrower bug in Georgia. It is not…
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Peanut Burrower Bug

I have received a couple reports of burrower bugs in peanuts in the last two weeks. Eddie Beasley in Berrien County brought some specimens to the lab last week that were tentatively identified as the peanut burrower bug, Pangaeus bilineatus. We have no way to know how widespread infestations are…
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Quick Update

We are approaching mid-August, and the insects and mites are staying with us. The two that concern me most continue to be lesser cornstalk borer (LCB) and two spotted spider mite. I have seen several spots in recent days where LCB populations are high enough to kill peanut plants. The…
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Spider Mites in Peanut

Spider mites have been reported on a number of crops including vegetables and cotton since this spring, and as conditions continue to be hot and dry in many locations, we are beginning to see populations jump in peanut. The two spotted spider mite is a challenging pest to control. It…
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Foliage Feeding Caterpillars

We currently have a diverse mix of foliage feeding caterpillars in GA peanut fields. Right now, the heliothines (tobacco budworm and corn earworm) are most common, but beet armyworm, fall armyworm, soybean looper, cutworms, and even some velvet bean caterpillars have been reported. Several species are commonly found in the…
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