Systems Approach Key to Controlling Palmer Amaranth

Clint Thompson Cotton, Georgia, Pest/Pest Control

By Clint Thompson Georgia’s cotton farmers continue to be consumed with weed management issues, specifically with Palmer amaranth. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension weed scientist Stanley Culpepper said during the University of Georgia Cotton/Peanut Research Field Day that grower’s No. 1 priority is resistance management in Palmer amaranth, also known as “pigweed.” “Palmer amaranth, last year, based on 1,737 growers …

Whiteflies Are Spreading Across Georgia

Clint Thompson Alabama, Georgia, Pest/Pest Control

Whiteflies are in high numbers and spreading to areas in Georgia not prone to whitefly infestations every year. That is tough news for the state’s cotton producers with harvest season just around the corner. “They’ve really built high numbers in areas prone to get whiteflies. In those areas we have high populations. Growers are actively treating,” University of Georgia Cooperative …

Caterpillars a Danger to Peanuts

Clint Thompson Alabama, Georgia, Peanuts, Pest/Pest Control

Foliage-feeding caterpillars are the insects peanut growers need to be most concerned with as harvest season approaches, according to Mark Abney, University of Georgia Extension peanut entomologist. “The one that comes in every year and will probably eat the most peanuts and infest the most fields is velvetbean caterpillar. We started hearing about velvetbeans in southwest Georgia maybe a month …

Whiteflies’ Impact to be Felt in Late-Planted Cotton

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Florida, Georgia, Pest/Pest Control

Cotton growers need to continue to monitor for whiteflies, as the pest is starting to impact fields across the Southeast, according to Alabama Extension cotton entomologist Ron Smith. “I know we’re finding them as far north as Quitman County (Georgia), which is just across from Eufala, Alabama. We know we’ve got them in the Panhandle of Florida, and we know …

Whitefly Populations Exploding in Cotton

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Florida, Georgia, Pest/Pest Control

Scorching temperatures and dry conditions could make an already tough whitefly season even worse for cotton growers, according to Phillip Roberts, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton entomologist in Tifton, Georgia. “In cotton, populations can build so rapidly. Whiteflies really thrive in hot, dry conditions. They’ve just exploded in some localized areas in the last 10 days. The last 10 …

High Whitefly Populations a Concern for Cotton Growers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Florida, Georgia, Pest/Pest Control

By Clint Thompson Cotton growers in Georgia and Alabama need to be mindful of high whitefly populations. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton entomologist Phillip Roberts said silverleaf whitefly populations have increased rapidly in some Georgia fields in the past 10 days. Since cotton is susceptible, producers need to scout and take appropriate action. “It’s extremely important that you know …

Cotton Scouting School Goes Digital, Set for July 24

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Pest/Pest Control

By Katie Nichols For 60 years, Extension scientists taught the Scouting School in person and hands-on. But the 61st Cotton Scouting School is going digital — pushed to an online version because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The short course will be July 24 from 8 a.m. to noon via Zoom. Growers, consultants, scouts and others are encouraged to attend just as …

Whiteflies Not Yet on Alabama Farmers’ Radar

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Georgia, Pest/Pest Control, Specialty Crops

By Clint Thompson Whiteflies have already been reported in Georgia vegetables this spring. They are not currently on Alabama’s radar, however. Alabama Extension Entomologist Ron Smith said as cotton continues to be planted, the focus right now is managing grasshoppers and thrips. Their focus will turn to whiteflies in early July. “I knew they overwintered at some level over there …

Peanut Pest Alert: Don’t Let Thrips Sneak up on you

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Pest/Pest Control

Here’s timely information from Dr. Ayanava Majumdar (Extension Professor), Kris Balkcom (Extension Specialist) and Dr. Scott Graham (Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist) from Auburn University. One of the earliest insect pests of peanuts includes the small flying insects called thrips. Thrips have bristly wings and can fly or ride the air currents over long distances. There are several species of thrips that …

Stink Bugs Already a Problem

Clint Thompson Alabama, Corn, Cotton, Florida, Georgia, Pest/Pest Control, Soybeans

By Clint Thompson Corn growers across the Southeast need to already be on the lookout for stink bugs, says Auburn University Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist Katelyn Kesheimer. “I would caution growers to get their plans in place and start scouting early. We’ve already started seeing southern green stink bugs and stink bug nymphs down in southern Alabama. Adults are …