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PEPPER WEEVIL – Fall 2019

While some growers were successful managing pepper weevil this spring, others were not. PEPPER WEEVIL IS NOT A PEST YOU WANT TO GET BEHIND ON. Weevils can enter a field and feed on foliage as soon as it is transplanted (or before in the greenhouse), but they cannot reproduce until…
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WHITEFLY INSECTICIDE OPTIONS

Whitefly have been building for several weeks and are at high levels in some areas. Insecticide options for whitefly have not changed a great deal in the last year. The cornerstone chemistries for whitefly are still the Group 4 (Venom, Assail, Actara, Sivanto and pre-mixes containing these prodcuts) and Group…
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Whitefly Situation Could Change Rapidly

We have had reports of whiteflies in multiple locations for some time. Thankfully they have remained low; however, that could change rapidly. In tests on station in Tifton, the whitefly population has increased significantly in the last week or so. We are seeing silverleaf in young squash. Adult counts today…
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New reports of Downy mildew in Georgia: Decatur Co. and Crisp Co.

Downy mildew on watermelon was confirmed on May 24 and May 27 from Decatur and Crisp Co.  I would suggest our cucurbit growers to look for the downy mildew symptoms in their fields. Also, please advice your growers to include “Downy fungicides” in their weekly spray. Specifically on watermelon, please use following fungicides on…
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Onion Downy Mildew Update

Here are some important points to consider while managing downy mildew of onion: Question:   “I found some downy in my onions today.  It has been sunny, clear, and low humidity all week long.  I thought downy liked humid, wet, cloudy weather.  Why am I seeing it?” Response:  Yes, you are…
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Onion Downy Mildew Confirmed in Toombs County

We have confirmed Downy Mildew of Vidalia Onion today in the growing region today.  I am urging growers to please take precautions and protect their crop from this disease! Here are your control options, based on the most recent (2018) UGA research data.  I want to provide some options and how…
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New Information on Catamaran

Catamaran® is a combination fungicide which contains chlorothalonil and potassium phosphite. This product is effective in the control of specified crop diseases and also provides protection through activation of the plants’ natural resistance mechanism. Catamaran® is intended for use as part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system. When used…
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Hurricane Michael Update (Tim Coolong, Andre Da Silva, Bhabesh Dutta, and Greg Fonsah)

Damage to the fall vegetable industry caused by Hurricane Michael has thus far been significant for growers in Southwest Georgia.  Damage closely followed the path of the storm, with a line stretching from Seminole and Decatur counties up through Mitchell and Grady, Colquitt, Tift and even reaching fields in the Crisp county region.  Vegetable production regions near Lowndes and Echols Counties may have some loss but are expected to have escaped the worst of the damage.
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