Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus on Rise in North Carolina

Jim Rogers Disease, Peppers, Tomatoes

By Clint Thompson High populations of thrips meant a surge in tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) in North Carolina tomatoes this season. Inga Meadows, North Carolina (N.C.) State Extension specialist, discusses the uptick in thrips activity this year. Since thrips vector the virus, that meant more incidences of TSWV. “In some parts of North Carolina, we’ve had quite a bit …

Thrips Pressure Increasing in Florida

Jim Rogers Florida, Pests

Thrips pressure is increasing in Florida, according to the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline. The tiny insects have increased quickly to high levels in central Florida. Juveniles and adults are being observed on blooms and apical meristems of pepper. Damage is low but should increase throughout the season. Thrips are also being reported in cucumbers. Thrips pressure levels range …

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 …

Clemson Extension Agents Provide Weekly Updates

Jim Rogers South Carolina, Specialty Crops, Strawberry

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 Rob Last reports, “Crops are generally looking good in the area. Strawberries are coming to harvest with good volumes. Keep scouting for spider mites and thrips. Thrips were found late last week in low numbers. …

Thrips Pressure Expected to Increase in Florida

Jim Rogers Florida, Pests

Thrips pressure is currently low across the South Florida region. But this is the time of year when populations are expected to increase, according to the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline. Vegetable growers, especially those with crops susceptible to thrips-vectored viruses, need to monitor populations and start management options early. Thrips pressure is starting to increase in most crops …

Studying Insect Behavior for Pest Control

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Top Posts

Controlling insect behavior might lead to better pest management for growers in the Southeast. Xavier Martini, assistant professor at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy, studies insect behavior to help growers control pests. One part of his research uses natural enemies to combat major pests in the field. …