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Monitoring and Management of Flower Thrips in Blueberries

Flower thrips are chronic pests of both southern highbush and rabbiteye blueberries in the southeastern United States. Flower thrips are small insects, less than 1.5 mm long (0.06 inches), with slender bodies usually yellow to orange in color. Females are typically larger than males. Adult thrips have long narrow wings fringed with fine hairs. Adults and immatures, called nymphs, have rasping-sucking mouthparts, which they use to extract sap from plant cells. Immatures look like the adults except they are smaller and have no wings.

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Organic SWD Management Webinar

SWD OREI Project Team is scheduled to present a webinar on Organic Management of Spotted-Wing Drosophila (SWD) to provide a comprehensive update on strategies to manage SWD in organic production systems. Please register at: http://eorganic.org/node/34578 to attend this webinar. 

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Disease management recommendations following 2019 freeze damage

Following recent freezes in the Georgia blueberry production region, the threat exists for subsequent damage from fungal pathogens. On tissues already damaged by freezes, two fungal pathogens of particular concern are Botrytis and Botryosphaeria.  In addition, root zone saturation from overhead freeze protection/subsequent rainfall can lead to issues with Phytophthora…
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Captan Fungicide Review Process

Captan is under a draft risk assessment in the registration review process and the deadline to submit comments was extended to March 15, 2019. You can submit your comments at this link. We appreciate your supporting comments on the benefits of captan – its role in disease management and in fungicide…
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Mummy Berry Threat is HIGH (as of 2/12/2019)

Recent warmer, damp weather has led blueberry growers in the southern region of Georgia to initiate sprays for mummy berry disease. According to the mummy berry model developed by Dr. Harald Scherm (UGA), there is a HIGH RISK for mummy berry disease initiation in southern Georgia as of February 12th, 2019. …
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Freezing Weather Preparation

The weekend of March 3rd was cold enough to cause damage in southern highbush. Extension agents have observed damage in Pierce and Ware Counties. During the last few weeks, both southern highbush and rabbiteye blueberries have moved through bloom stages rapidly. As we all well know, developing fruit is very…
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Hurricane Irma Aftermath 2017

Early reports suggest that damage to the plants from wind may include toppled plants, broken stems, and loss of leaves. However, rains were heavy and reported to be upwards of 8.5 inches over a 48 hr period in our prime blueberry growing regions of southern Georgia. Many plantings may have…
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