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August 2021                                                                                Volume 7  |  Issue 6

UGA IPM Newsletter


Making sure you stay connected to the latest IPM resources and research happening at the University of Georgia

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Cattle Horn Fly (Haematobia irritans (Linnaeus))
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Have you ever wondered who the last solider was that died in the Vietnam War? Have you ever enjoyed a hot & ready donut on a random Tuesday morning? Kick back and hear Dr. Bob Kemerait's story on why he got the COVID-19 vaccine. 
Fruit Quality Traits at Harvest and Post-Harvest Shelf Life of 5 Southern Highbush Varieties: In this study we evaluated postharvest fruit quality attributes of five southern highbush cultivars, Miss Lilly, Miss Alice Mae, Miss Jackie, Rebel and Suziblue. This article summarizes the fruit quality attributes of these 5 cultivars shortly after harvest and their postharvest... Read More
How Long Should Fungicide Be On Before Rain?: Pecan scab is enjoying ideal weather in much of Georgia at this time. This has kept most growers busy trying to keep the trees sprayed between rain showers. A common question get during such conditions is “how long does my fungicide need to be on before the rain arrives?”. This is a question pathologists have... Read More
Low-Input Pecan Variety Trials Planted: I’m excited to say that we are finished with our initial planting and irrigation set up. Thanks to pecan growers, pecan industry, and UGA county agents for assisting in preparing land, marking trees, planting trees, installing irrigation and planting demonstration plots. This orchard is a great support to the addition of many… Read More
Leaf Scorch and Fruit Thinning: We’re into late summer and seeing some leaf scorching out there. The two most common types I have had calls on this week have been from the scorching of young trees from heat stress. On older trees we are seeing a fair amount of terminal die back (Neofusicoccum). This results from the heat killing shallow feeder… Read More
'Owari' Satsuma Rootstock Trial Summary 2019-2020: In 2014, Lowndes Extension began growing ‘Owari’ satsuma trees on standard and new hybrid rootstocks in a replicated research plot to help citrus growers determine what rootstocks to use with satsumas. In addition to commonly used Poncirus trifoliata rootstocks such as ‘Rubidoux’, ‘Rich 16-6’... Read More
How US Agriculture Could Be Part of Climate Change Solution: A new report commissioned by the Farm Journal Foundation discussed how agriculture is affected by changing climate and how it is uniquely situated to help us cut greenhouse gas emissions and fight the changes in climate we are already seeing. It discusses what changes we are seeing in... Read More
Peanut Insect Update: Continued rainfall in Georgia is mostly good news for peanut growers from an insect management point of view (disease management is a different story, but Dr. Kemerait can tell that one). The most damaging pest of peanut in Georgia is the lesser cornstalk borer (LCB), and while it does not disappear when rainfall is plentiful... Read More
SWD and Sour Rot Mgmt in GA Grapes: With veraison upon us, it is time to start planning your spotted wing drosophila (SWD) management to help suppress sour rot in your vulnerable grapes. The SWD flies are active nearly year round in these parts, but near veraison as the brix levels in wine grapes reach approximately 15 degrees Brix, the grapes become... Read More
SARE Professional Development Program Grants
Deadline: August 31, 2021
Professional Development Program Grants, known as train-the-trainer grants, are available to help further education and outreach strategies for ag professionals and ag educators who work directly with farmers and ranchers.... Read More

NIFA Plant Biotic Interactions Program
Deadline: September 30, 2022
The Plant Biotic Interactions (PBI) program supports research on the processes that mediate beneficial and antagonistic interactions between plants and their viral, bacterial, oomycete, fungal, plant, and invertebrate... Read More
1890 Capacity Building Grant 
Deadline: September 10, 2021
The 1890 CBG is intended to strengthen teaching, research and extension programs in the food and agricultural sciences by building the institutional capacities of the 1890 Land-Grant Institutions. The intent of this initiative is to increase and strengthen food... Read More

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational and Applied Science Program
Deadline: December 15, 2021
The AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program supports grants in six priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture... Read More
New & Beginning Farmer Series
August 3 - October 19 (12 weeks)

SE Research & Ed Center Midville Field Day
August 11

Small Flock Novel Production Practices
August 12, 19, 26

Blackberry IPM Academy Agent Training
August 18 

Stephens Co. Feral Swine Workshop
August 26

Herbaceous Invasives in Urban Areas - Green Industry Summer Series
August 27

IPM Tick Academy 
September 13 - 15 

Blueberry IPM Academy Agent Training
September 15 

This publication provides Southeast-specific information on approved National Organic Program (NOP) disease and pest management options for blueberry production and addresses the issues most commonly encountered under the unique growing conditions of the Southeast U.S. This publication is not intended to provide all details on organic blueberry production, although it does include the production methods that reduce the impact of plant disease and pest issues. Emphasis in an organic system should be on cultural practices that reduce disease and pest pressure rather than pesticide applications. NOP-approved pesticides are usually less efficacious than conventional products. The pesticide label is the law and supersedes any information on pesticide use contained in this guide. Because environmental conditions and grower application methods vary widely, suggested use does not imply that performance of the pesticide will always conform to the pest control standards indicated by experimental data. Annual Publication 125-2

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