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November 2022                                                                           Volume 8  |  Issue 11

The latest IPM resources from the University of Georgia
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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Halyomorpha halys (Stål)

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Greetings everyone,

I am part of a new working group that is attempting to improve pest management through mating disruption technologies. Before we can do that, we need to better understand growers’ needs and perceptions of mating disruption. Crop consultants, Extension educators, and producers of fruits, nuts, and/or vegetable crops are invited to take the survey. Thank you for your time!

Learn more and access the survey here.

~Brett Blaauw, Peach Entomology, University of Georgia

Identification & Mgmt of Blueberry Bud Mite: Unfortunately, blueberry bud mites are usually difficult to confirm because they are so small and they spend most of their life cycles inside of buds. It is very challenging to dissect buds in order to find bud mites, and using heat to drive bud mites out of buds is likewise less than perfect. Confirming... Read More
Phytophthora Root Rot of Blueberries Even in Dry Conditions: The UGA Plant Disease Clinic in Athens has diagnosed Phytophthora on several blueberry root samples over the past month. I’ve also received several questions regarding why we are seeing issues with root rots at this point in the growing season, especially root rots caused by... Read More
How Late are Stuart Pecans?: Stuart always has an interrupted and prolonged shuck split in which it opens a few and then stops, opens a few, then stops again, etc. with the result being a delay in having enough shucks split to be able to shake compared to other earlier cultivars, which have a much tighter shuck split window. This characteristic of Stuart... Read More
Strawberry Planting & Cold Weather: Since many growers are in the process of planting, I would recommend keeping plugs well-watered ahead of planting. Once a plug dries out it is extremely hard to get the planting material and roots wet again, especially once in the soil. After planting I would recommend overhead irrigation if growers have it. If not, then... Read More
Managing Joro Spiders in the Landscape: Young spiders spin silk that is clear and looks much like any other web spider silk, but as they grow the silk becomes thicker and stronger. Mature females spin silk that is yellow or golden in color and very strong and sticky. These webs may span 10’ or more with support strands that can reach >20’ and stretch between... Read More
How to Save Money Feeding Cattle This Year: I am hearing many producers say, “I am not planting winter grazing this year, seed costs and fertilizer is just too high.” My first question is, “are you sure?” To put it bluntly, this year is not the year to NOT plant winter grazing. Why? Well, your first statement is correct, input costs remain high and we aren’t seeing the... Read More
November Expected to be Warmer & Drier Than Normal: After a dry October, producers have been hoping for a return to wetter conditions. However, the final outlook for November 2022 shows a better-than-even chance of warmer and drier conditions than usual for the month. This means that drought is likely to deepen and expand across the region... Read More
CAES Partners with Dalan Animal Health to Advance World's First Honey Bee Vaccine: Vaccines are a proven benefit in the world of animal science. People have vaccinated both pets and livestock for decades. Soon beekeepers may be able to protect their colonies through vaccination. The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental... Read More
First Study to Track a Wild Bird Known to Have Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza: For the first time, scientists have tracked the movement of a wild bird known to be infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza in North America. The new research, led by the U.S. Geological Survey, can help improve estimates of when and where the virus could spread in the... Read More
Southern SARE Producer Grants
Deadline: November 11, 2022
The goal of the grant program is for farmers/ranchers to conduct projects to solve challenges and problems they face, and develop information on what works and doesn’t work so that other farmers and ranchers facing those
... Read More

Southern SARE On-Farm Research Grants
Deadline: December 2, 2022
On-Farm Research Grants were authorized to provide opportunities for those ag professionals working directly with farmers and ranchers on sustainable ag efforts. These grants have no pre-proposal requirements, nor are applicants
... Read More

Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)
Deadline: January 12, 2023
The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and extension that address key challenges of national, regional, and multi-state importance
... Read More
Southern IPM Grants
Deadline: November 18, 2022
The Southern Integrated Pest Management Center is accepting applications for the 2022 Southern IPM Grants. The annual competitive program regionally addresses Global Food Security challenges including invasive species, endangered species, pest... Read More


Food & Agriculture Service Learning Program
Deadline: December 8, 2022
The program’s goal is to increase the capacity for food, garden, and nutrition education within host organizations or entities, such as school cafeterias and classrooms, while fostering higher levels of community
... Read More
2022 Georgia Agricultural Labor Relations Forum
November 9-10, at ABAC's Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton, GA

Hear advice from industry experts to help you comply with labor regulations and get updates about OSHA and DOL in this new COVID world. 

This event is suited for all owners, operators, office managers, personnel managers and service providers for the produce, nursery, landscape, dairy, cotton, and any other agricultural professional dealing with agricultural labor relations. 

Learn more and register online! 

Ongoing Series
Nov 29, Dec 6, Dec 13: Pasture Mgmt for Livestock 

Upcoming Events

Nov 3: Beef Quality Assurance Certification

Nov 4: Managing Erosion

Nov 8: GA Water Systems Workshop

Nov 8: D.W. Brooks Lecture & Awards

Nov 9: Southern IPM Hour: FieldWatch

Nov 9: Green Thumb Lecture: Pruning

Nov 10: Landscape Professionals Update 2022

Nov 10: Sago Palms: Pros, Cons and Care

Nov 17: Getting the Best of Pests: 
Managing Wildflower Habitats & The Role of Biostimulants in Sustainable Management

Remember to set your clocks back one hour this Sunday, November 6th. 


Conservation tillage with agronomic crops (i.e., cotton, corn, soybeans, etc.) has been successful in Georgia production. Such production practices have several benefits, the most notable being the elimination of soil erosion. Other benefits include but aren't limited to increases in soil organic matter, maintaining a healthy rhizosphere (root-zone soil), reduction of riparian and waterway pollution, and water conservation. Learn more about the various methods of conservation tillage from Extension Bulletin 1539.

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