UF/IFAS Research Helps Reduce Whiteflies in Tomatoes

Jim Rogers Florida, Pests, Research, Tomatoes

QUINCY, Fla. — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers are helping tomato producers successfully manage whiteflies. Previous studies helped narrow scientists’ focus to a white clay, kaolin, and an essential oil, limonene. Each is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for agricultural use. “These products are easily found and relatively inexpensive, and they can be …

ABT Populations Low Across South Florida

Clint Thompson Florida, Pests

Asian bean thrips (ABT) populations were low this week across South Florida, according to University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). The largest population counts were reported in snap bean blooms in central Hendry County. Even then it did not surpass 0.5 ABT per bloom. There was also only a few ABT on sticky traps, and counts …

Corteva Ridgeback™ Insecticide Effective Against Whiteflies

Jim Rogers Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Pests

By Clint Thompson and Frank Giles Specialty crop producers can never have too many insecticides in their management system. Growers will soon be able to add a new insecticide to the toolbox from Corteva Agriscience. Ridgeback™ insecticide  should provide farmers in the Southeast another weapon in the arsenal in their annual fight against one destructive pest, says Nathan Alonzo, product …

ABT Hotspot Reported in South Florida

Jim Rogers Florida, Pests

A new hotspot of Asian bean thrips (ABT) populations was reported this week along the Lee County/Collier County line in Florida, according to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Scouts indicated a population of 0.5 ABT per bloom was observed in one planting with pods forming and some flowers remaining. Another planting experienced 2.4 ABT per …

Broad Mites Becoming Major Pest for Pepper, Eggplant Producers

Jim Rogers Georgia, Peppers, Pests

By Clint Thompson A microscopic pest is becoming a giant-size problem for pepper and eggplant growers in the Southeast. Stormy Sparks, University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension vegetable entomologist, confirmed that broad mites are impacting vegetable producers significantly more than a decade ago. “I would say they’re becoming much more of a consistent pest than they’ve been in the past. …

Caterpillar Pressure Varies Across Florida

Jim Rogers Florida, Pests

Caterpillar pressure varies across southern Florida, according to the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline. Few loopers and fall armyworms have been reported along the East Coast. Worm pressure has been persistent around Southwest Florida, however. While southern armyworms are most being reported, there are also loopers, melon worms, beet armyworms, fruitworms and fall armyworms. This depends on the crop …

Increasing Infestations: Whiteflies Problematic Around Southwest Florida

Jim Rogers Florida, Peppers, Pests, Tomatoes

Whitefly infestations are increasing around southwest Florida, according to the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline. Higher numbers of adults and immatures are being observed in older tomato plants. Populations are also reported to be transient in isolated locations, depending on wind direction. Pressure is also high in squash and cucumbers. Whitefly pressure is anywhere from low to moderate in …

Alabama Extension Offering Peach Insect, Disease Management Chart

Jim Rogers Disease, Peaches, Pests

Alabama Extension is offering a Peach Insect and Disease Management Chart for peach producers. The tool is a resource growers can carry with them and help manage insects during certain tree cycles. It includes the most common insect pests, including scale, European red mite, lesser peachtree borer and thrips. It also includes what management options growers have for prevention of …