Second Peak of San Jose Scale Activity Expected

Jim Rogers Uncategorized

By Clint Thompson Peach producers should be wary of a second peak of San Jose scale crawler activity, according to Brett Blaauw, assistant professor at the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “With the weather starting to come back to whatever normal is and cool down a little bit, I think that will allow the development …

Mating Disruptions for Grape Root Borer

Jim Rogers Grapes, Pests

By Clint Thompson Now is the time in the production season that grape root borer adults begin emerging. Growers need to implement mating disruption now as a management tactic, says Brett Blaauw, assistant professor at the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in the UGA Extension Viticulture Blog. Grape root borers tunnel into larger roots and …

San Jose Scale Management Begins Now

Jim Rogers Disease, Peaches

By Clint Thompson The first peak of San Jose scale activity is occurring now in Georgia peach orchards. Growers should be proactive in beginning their insecticide applications, says Brett Blaauw, assistant professor at the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences “We’re just at the beginning of the first real activity period,” Blaauw said. “Most of the …

Weed Management Key to Grape Root Borer Control

Jim Rogers Pests, Research

By Clint Thompson A management practice as simple as weed control can help grape producers reduce grape root borer populations. The grape root borer is an annual pest that can devastate a grape crop. Its larvae feed on the roots of grape vines. They have a two-year life cycle and will feed underground on the roots for nearly 22 months. …

Potential Solution for Grape Root Borers?

Jim Rogers Grapes, Pests, Research

By Clint Thompson There could be another tool in the toolbox for producers in the management of grape root borers. Brett Blaauw, assistant professor at the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has one year of research in studying entomopathogenic nematodes. He discussed the positive impact the nematodes had on the grape pests. “At least the …

San Jose Scale Management: Horticultural Oil Applications Key for Peach Producers

Jim Rogers Disease, Georgia, Peaches

By Clint Thompson Horticultural oil applications are essential this winter for peach producers hoping to manage San Jose scale insects. Brett Blaauw, assistant professor at the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, says the warm winter conditions across Southeast aid the scale’s development. Growers can ill-afford to miss an application. “Getting ready for their dormant applications …