Bacterial Spot Disease Problematic in Florida Fields

Jim Rogers Disease, Florida, Peppers, Tomatoes

Bacterial spot disease continues to be prevalent in tomatoes and susceptible pepper varieties throughout Florida, according to the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline. This is especially true in Southwest Florida where foggy conditions have helped increase the disease. It is also widespread in Homestead, Florida and is increasing in severity. Bacterial spot has flared in some pepper varieties on …

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. …

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 …

High Populations: Pepper Weevils a Concern for South Florida Producers

Clint Thompson Florida, Peppers, Pests, Top Posts

According to the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline, pepper weevils remain moderate to high in various vegetable crops across south Florida. Respondents along the east coast report that weevil populations are high around St. Lucie County. They are moderate at other locations. Populations remain a concern in Manatee and Hillsborough counties. Weevils are showing up in other locations around …

International Pepper Conference Postponed Until 2022

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The International Pepper Conference has been postponed for a second straight year due to continuing coronavirus pandemic concerns and ensuing traveling conditions. The next conference will be held Sept. 26-28, 2022 with the academic program taking place in Tucson, Arizona and the chie pepper variety trial, mechanical harvest, field and equipment demonstrations occurring at the Curry Chile and Seed Co. …