South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline: Aphid Pressure High in Some Areas

Jim Rogers Florida

Aphid pressure varies across southern Florida. There are low populations in some areas, while there are high populations in others, according to the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline. Pressure is low to moderate across Southwest Florida in multiple crops. Pressure on corn varies from moderate to high in the Everglades Agricultural Area, though recent rainfall appears to have negative …

Alabama Update: Growers Be Wary of Insect-Transmitted Diseases

Jim Rogers Alabama

By Clint Thompson The current drought-like conditions sweeping across the Southeast should have specialty crop producers wary of insect-transmitted virus diseases. The hot and dry weather favors pests like aphids and whiteflies. Growers should be concerned about subsequent diseases, says Ed Sikora, Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University. He discussed …

In-Depth Scouting Needed to Manage Insect Pests

Jim Rogers Pests, Specialty Crops

By Clint Thompson More in-depth scouting is required by Alabama specialty crop producers hoping to maintain insect pests this summer season. It is not enough for growers to survey their crops by just looking at the plants. They need to examine the plants more closely to understand the significance of any impact. Ayanava Majumdar, Extension professor in entomology and plant …

Weekly Updates: Clemson Extension Agents Discuss State’s Crops

Jim Rogers General, Specialty Crops, Weather

Clemson Extension agents provide updates in The South Carolina Grower this week about the status of various crops being produced throughout the state. Coastal Region Zack Snipes reports, “It seems like everything is coming in from the fields right now. We got some rain but could really use some more. I am seeing lots of aphids on a variety of …

Storms May Aid in Transportation of Insect Pests

Jim Rogers Alabama, Pests, Weather

By Clint Thompson Most of Alabama has received its share of rainfall this spring. But with inclement weather, especially high winds, comes the potential for certain insect pests to be moved from field to field, says Ayanava Majumdar, Extension professor in entomology and plant pathology at Auburn University. “If there’s any moth flights that have already begun, these storms will …

Aphid Update in South Florida

Jim Rogers Florida, Pests

According to the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline, aphid populations are starting to build up in certain areas. Respondents on the east coast report a few aphids are showing up in pepper and squash. Along the Everglades Agricultural Area, aphids are present in celery, cabbage and other crucifers, though pressure is light to moderate. Aphids are also present in …