Tag Archive: Insect

New UF/IFAS Entomologist is Surveying Insect Pests in Panhandle Row Crops

Dr. Silvana Paula-Moraes (right) and her field technician Latisa Ledbetter-Kish (left). Silvana Paula-Moraes began working in the fall of 2016 at the  UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center (WFREC) based in Jay, Florida. Originally from Brazil, Dr. Moraes completed her PhD in Nebraska.  Her research has been dedicated to address several aspects of Integrated …

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UGA Pasture Insect Alert

Bermudagrass Stem Maggot While doing plot work at the Sunbelt Ag Expo late this week, Dr. Lisa Baxter (a post-doc in our program hired to assist with our stem maggot research) and I observed bermudagrass stem maggot pressure in our bermudagrass stands there. Alicia, Coastal, Russell, Tifton 44, and common bermudagrass had all suffered more than 20% …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/06/16/uga-pasture-insect-alert/

Dormant Sprays Useful for Insect and Disease Management in Fruits and Ornamentals

Crapemyrtle Scale, UF / IFAS Extension During cold January weather, one doesn’t often think about spraying fruit trees and ornamental shrubs for spring insects and diseases. It’s just not on the radar. The fact is January and February are the best time to apply dormant sprays to combat insect and disease issues. Many ask, “What are …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/01/14/dormant-sprays-useful-for-insect-and-disease-management-in-fruits-and-ornamentals/

Late Season Cotton Insect Control

Stinkbug damage – Ronald Smith, Auburn University, Bugwood.org stinkbug damage – Ronald Smith, Auburn University, Bugwood.org Cotton is maturing rapidly across the Panhandle and it’s shaping up to be one of the earliest harvest seasons in recent years. This is due for the most part to the dry weather and the high number of heat …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/08/28/late-season-cotton-insect-control/

Vegetable Garden Insect and Disease Management

During this growing season, monitor your plants to keep them healthy. Healthy plants will be able to survive pest attacks better. Nematodes are microscopic worms that attack vegetable roots and reduce growth and yield. Nematode populations can be reduced temporarily by soil solarization. It is a technique which uses the sun’s heat to kill the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/06/10/vegetable-garden-insect-and-disease-management/

Insect Problems in the Heat of Summer

Florida soft scale. Photo credit: UF/IFAS. Scale insects are one of the most serious problems homeowners face on ornamentals this time of year.  The most common are armored scale, soft scale, and mealybugs.   They cause damage by sucking plant fluids from the leaves, stems, and sometimes roots.  Some species feed on the underside of the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/13/insect-problems-in-the-heat-of-summer/

Time to Spray Soybeans for Insect Pests and Disease

Velvetbean caterpillar on soybeans in Okaloosa county (photo by Jennifer Bearden) Recent reports from the field show it’s time to spray soybeans for Asian Soybean Rust, velvetbean, loopers, and other caterpillars. Fall armyworms are still a problem in some fields as well as kudzu bugs. “Fungicides, insecticides and boron are often mixed together with good …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/08/08/time-to-spray-soybeans-for-insect-pests-and-disease/

Insect Problems Accelerate this Week in Crops

Mark Mauldin, Washington County agent finding beet armyworms and soybean loopers. Photo: Josh Thompson It’s been a busy week for insect pests, especially caterpillars. It seems that every square mile in Jackson and surrounding counties has armyworms in it right now; including pastures, hayfields, peanuts, soybeans, lawns and anywhere in between. In addition to armyworms …

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Summer Insect Report

Flatid adults. Photo credit: Russ Mizell Flatid Nymph. Photo credit: Russ Mizell                                       Vignettes on Summer Insects Russell F. Mizell, III, Professor of Entomology, NFREC-Quincy Planthoppers Mid-summer is upon us and the usual calls and emails are …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/25/summer-insect-report/

UGA Forage Insect Management Webinar May 20

University of Georgia Extension will be hosting a webinar to discuss management of some troublesome insects for pastures and hay fields.  The webinar will be presented through the Internet on Tuesday, may 20, 2014, beginning at 9:00 AM Eastern time, 8:00 AM Central.  There is no registration fee to participate, but you must RSVP to …

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