Tag Archives: Insect Management

APRES Turns 50

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Society meetings continue to foster collaborative efforts and creative solutions to industry challenges. • By Amanda Huber, Editor • The American Peanut Research Education Society celebrates 50 years of work, study, research, learning and accomplishments around one of the most important and beloved crops: the peanut. To mark the Golden Anniversary, a program highlighting the past accomplishments in the industry and ... Read More »

Don’t Wait On Weeds

palmer pigweed

Depending on weather and field conditions in May, there can be a wide range of peanut sizes and ages moving into June and July. Peanuts in the V-C region most likely will be four to six weeks old in mid-June. Hopefully, herbicide programs used at planting have performed well. The same is true for thrips control. For fields where weeds ... Read More »

Economically Important Arthropod Pests

worm pest of peanuts

Insects and mites can cause severe economic loss, but not every field will be infested with damaging populations every year. Pest species also vary from year to year and field to field within a year. Understanding the risk factors that contribute to pest outbreaks and weekly scouting are the foundations of successful insect management. Read More »

Four Keys To Success

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The relationship between peanut yield and insect management is complicated.  • By Amanda Huber • University of Georgia Extension entomologist Mark Abney offers four keys to successful insect management in 2018. Read More »

Planting Speed Comparison

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Adequate stands can mean the difference between great yields and average yields. Last year, seed quality and weather played a role in skippy stands resulting in greater tomato spotted wilt virus and decreased yield in some fields. Based on the quality of the 2017 peanut crop, hopefully skippy stands because of poor germination and/or low vigor seed will be minimal. ... Read More »

When In Drought, Don’t Forget To Scout

Insect populations fluctuate greatly with temperature and moisture. Year 2016 was an interesting one that started with a very wet spring followed by a drought starting in June with a dramatic reduction in precipitation that lasted five months. Looking at climate data from Clanton, Ala., as an example of what happened last year, after the last big rain event in ... Read More »

Crop Recap: Weather Weary Year

Drought leaves producers facing difficult decisions on dryland fields.  Weather conditions deteriorated during the latter part of the summer in Georgia and little rainfall was recorded at critical stages of the growing season. Scott Monfort, University of Georgia Extension peanut specialist, estimates that as much as one-third of Georgia’s dryland crop has produced very little. So little, in fact, that ... Read More »

From Here To Harvest

Planting conditions support the thought that the crop will be slightly less than last year. By Amanda Huber Early reports of the 2016 crop are good, but a lack of uniform emergence caused by cooler weather conditions will likely cause problems later in the season. Without the ability for a “do over” of planting to get a more uniform stand, ... Read More »

Seed Treatment Resistance In Thrips

University of Florida researchers study the resistance of tobacco thrips to  neonicotinoid seed treatments; additional insecticide applications may be needed. By Danielle Sprague and Joe Funderburk, North Florida REC, University of Florida, IFAS Tobacco thrips, Frankliniella fusca, are seedling pests of peanut, soybean and cotton throughout the southern United States. Adults and larvae feed on the developing leaves, causing injury ... Read More »

Protecting Profit from Pests

While work continues on developing economic thresholds for insect pests, scouting can pay dividends now. University of Georgia entomologist Mark Abney is searching for ways to monitor insects responsible for destroying peanut crops, a first step in developing economic thresholds that will indicate when it’s time to apply insecticide products. Currently, Abney and his team are focusing on the three-cornered ... Read More »