Insect Management

  • 2023 Ambrosia Beetle Update

    It looks like we are seeing the first flight. Dr. Barman has seen good hits on new trials in Ware County and Brooks County. East Georgia is having consistent flights now (February 20th).There are two particular groups of pecan growers that need to be aware of ambrosia beetle flights: In the 2015 – 2016 era,…

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  • To Spray or Not To Spray Late Season Insects

    We’ve nearly reached the end of the season. Pawnee will likely be ready to shake by the middle or end of next week and we are nearing the end of kernel filling on most other cultivars. I’ve had many calls today about whether or not to spray a pyrethroid for stink bug and/or weevils and…

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  • We would like to extend a welcome the newest member of the UGA Pecan Team—Dr. Apurba Barman! Dr. Barman’s previous position has been as University of California Cooperative Extension IPM advisor at the UC Desert Research and Extension Center in the Imperial Valley. Dr. Barman earned a bachelor’s degree at Assam Agricultural University in India,…

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  • Late Season Considerations

    As we enter August shell hardening is upon us for Pawnee and other varieties are only a few days to weeks behind. This means that for Pawnee we are shifting from nut sizing to kernel filling. As a result there are two things to keep in mind: 1) You should be about done with fungicide…

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  • Nut Curculio

    You may notice some nut drop in your orchards at this time. This can occur for a number of reasons, inlcuding rainfall after a long hot,dry period and natural drop on certian varieties. One thing we are seeing at the moment is drop from nut curculio. The damage from nut curculio is very conspicuous. Nuts…

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  • Pecan Insects and Heat

    With the very high temperatures this week and last, there is no point in spraying for insects when the temps are in the 95+ range. Extreme heat slows and then stops reproduction in insects like mites and aphids and will shorten the life span (kill) when it gets up near 100. Materials that rely on leaf…

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  • We’re seeing different issues on young and newly planted trees we want to share. These issues relate to insect damage and nutritional problems. It is common to see many of these issues in newly planted trees. Insect Damage For young trees, Ambrosia beetle and pecan budmoth are our most consistent insect pests. The Ambrosia season…

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