Wet Weather Impact: Insect Pests Down

Clint ThompsonGeorgia, Pests

By Clint Thompson Insect populations are down across the Southeast. The deluge of recent rainfall has stalled the whitefly numbers, while other insects have also not been able to find footing so far this spring, says Stormy Sparks, University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension vegetable entomologist. “This is the time of year where squash bugs will come out after overwintering, …

South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline: Whitefly Populations High in Area

Clint ThompsonFlorida, Pests

Whitefly numbers remain high across most of the South Florida area, according to the latest release of the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline. Medium populations are observed in central Florida, though they are increasing. Population levels vary from low to high across Southwest Florida, depending on the crop and based off of scouting reports. Some farms are seeing high …

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‘The Psyllids Will Like Georgia Just Fine’

Dan CooperGeorgia, Psyllids

A California citrus leader believes Georgia will make an ideal home for the Asian citrus psyllid, which vectors the devastating huanglongbing (HLB) disease. “North of Florida, it is colder, and it’s certainly not as suitable a place as Florida is, but the psyllid is still going to be fine. The cold isn’t long enough here to knock the populations out,” …

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Freeze Does Not Have the Same Effect on All Pests

Dan CooperCold Hardy, Freeze, Pests

The Christmas freeze event in 2022 affected some insect pests in the cold-hardy citrus region more so than others, according to Xavier Martini. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) assistant professor spoke about his findings during the recent Citrus Health Forum held at the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) in Quincy. Martini addressed …

Diamide Resistance in Beet Armyworms

Clint ThompsonGeorgia, Pests

By Clint Thompson Specialty crop producers should be wary that Diamide resistance in beet armyworm exists. How widespread it is remains a question mark, says Stormy Sparks, University of Georgia Extension vegetable entomologist. “We know it’s there, and when it’s there it’s bad. We don’t know how widespread it is,” Sparks said. “Where we’ve looked at is where we’ve had …

Chilli Thrips an Early-Season Problem for Florida Strawberry Producers

Web AdminFlorida, Pest Management, Pests

By Clint Thompson It would not be a strawberry season in South Florida if chilli thrips were not a nuisance for growers. But that appears to be the case again, according to one producer. “This year it seems like they’re moving into fields earlier,” said Dustin Grooms with Fancy Farms in Plant City, Florida. “We’ve already put some sprays out …

South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline: Mite Pressure Update

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Mite pressure is low but increasing in southern Florida, according to the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline. Southern red mites were reported in blueberries in central Florida. Broad mites were reported in a few pepper fields across Southwest Florida. Broad mite infestation increased to low levels in pepper fields along the east coast. In eggplants, two spotted spider mites …

South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline: Caterpillar Pressure Increasing

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Caterpillar pressure is low but increasing across areas in southern Florida, according to the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline. Low worm activity was reported in central Florida. Worm pressure varies depending on crop and location in southwest Florida. Low to moderate levels of beet armyworms, southern armyworms, fall armyworms, loopers, hornworms, melonworms and fruitworms are being reported, with beet …

South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline: Whitefly Pressure Low but Increasing in Some Areas

Web AdminFlorida, Pests

Whitefly pressure is normal for this time of year in Southwest Florida and low in other areas but increasing, according to the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline. Populations are low but increasing in central Florida and along the East coast. Whitefly pressure varies in the Southwest Florida region, though it is considered normal for this time of the year. …

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Survey Says: Georgia Growers Asked About Impact of Deer

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Deer can be a destructive pest across all growers of the agricultural industry in Georgia. The Georgia Farm Bureau, Georgia Department of Agriculture and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension want to know how destructive. The three organizations are collaborating on a deer impact survey to help determine the financial losses due to deer in Georgia over the past five years. …