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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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Beneficial Parasitic Wasps

Folks who have ventured into a peanut field in recent weeks may have seen something similar to the picture posted below. The white mass is a cluster of pupal cases (cocoons) of a parasitic wasp. The tiny wasp lays its eggs in a caterpillar, the eggs hatch, and the wasp…
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Thrips Monitoring: May 29-4 June

It is not hard to find tobacco thrips in peanuts right now. We have seen adult thrips in the crop for a couple weeks, and immature stages are present now as well. Adult numbers on the yellow sticky traps
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Thrips Monitoring: May 22-28

Thrips have been moving over the last week, and trap numbers did reflect the increased activity. In terms of actual thrips pressure in peanut, we are seeing a lot of variation from field to field in our research trials.
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Thrips Monitoring: May 15-21

The tobacco thrips dispersal model predicted a fourth generation flight beginning around 18 May for the Tift County area, and it looks like that might be pretty close.¬† While the number of tobacco thrips on our yellow sticky traps remained low over the last seven days, we are seeing adults…
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Thrips Monitoring: May 8-14

This week’s tobacco thrips numbers are up slightly compared to last week. The NC State thrips dispersal model predicts that the fourth generation of tobacco thrips will occur around 18 May in Tift County. The numbers of “other” thrips are up on the traps and range from less than 10…
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