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April 2022                                                                            Volume 8  |  Issue 4

Making sure you stay connected to the latest IPM resources and research happening at the University of Georgia
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Read archived biographies of featured agents and specialists throughout Georgia! 
Small Hive Beetle
Aethina tumida

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Berry season is upon us, so protect maturing fruit just as they begin to change color! Fruit entomologist, Dr. Ash Sial, talks about a tiny, yet destructive vinegar fly that is now a globally important pest. Why is this fly so different from other fruit flies? Listen now to find out!
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MyIPM App Series Expands to Row Crops: This year, farmers have a new tool to help them diagnose and combat pests and diseases in row crops. A companion app to the original MyIPM app for fruit and nut crops, the new MyIPM Row Crops app promotes IPM tactics for common insect pests and diseases in corn, cotton, grain sorghum, peanut and soybean.... Read More
Mummy Berry Disease Mgmt: Many growers in the southern region of Georgia have initiated sprays for mummy berry disease already, but growers who haven’t already done so are reminded to initiate sprays for mummy berry to protect vulnerable plants.  According to the mummy berry model developed by Dr. Harald Scherm, we are currently at... Read More
Disease Development Following Freeze Damage: Following the damage to blueberries in Georgia caused by recent freezes, the threat exists for subsequent damage from fungal pathogens. On tissues already damaged by the freezes, two fungal pathogens of particular concern are Botrytis and Botryosphaeria. The fungus Botrytis cinerea causes... Read More
Checklist to Ensure Your Planter is Field-Ready: With the 2022 planting season officially underway, we will start seeing more row-crop planters rolling in the fields in next few weeks. For growers to have a successful and stress-free planting season, it is important to make sure that planters are well maintained and ready to go before heading to the field. When it... Read More
When to Start Spraying for Scab & Fungicide Schedule Options: Growers get antsy this time of year and are itching to spray. However, unless you are in a very scabby location with highly susceptible cultivars, there is no reason to begin spraying at this point. We are likely at least 10 days to 2 weeks away from needing to begin fungicide... Read More
2022 Pecan Spray Guides & County Meeting Presentations: 
The UGA Pecan Team provides timely information relevant to pecan production in Georgia for use by county extension agents and pecan producers. Check out a variety of resources for pecan management, including presentations from county production meetings and the 2022 Pecan Spray Guides... Read More
Citrus Root Weevil Detected in GA: Diaprepes abbreviates (also known as the citrus root weevil or the Apopka weevil) was detected in one trap sample from Chatham County, Georgia during the 2021 APHIS PPQ survey season.  While this insect is not assumed to be widespread in Georgia at this time, growers should be aware of this weevil given the recent increase in… Read More
Citrus Canker Found in SC Nursery: Citrus canker (a bacterial disease of citrus) was identified in Alabama in 2021. Now it has been found in a nursery in South Carolina also. Citrus canker is found throughout Florida and in limited areas of Louisiana and Texas. Accordingly, residential and commercial citrus growers in Georgia should be… Read More
Thistles in Your Pasture: Thistles can reduce forage yield and delay spring transition of warm season grasses. Thistles can produce large amounts of seed, sometimes up to 4,000 seed per plant. For growers trying to manage the seed bank, please implement control strategies before flowering. Several different thistles are found in pastures, which can include Bull thistle… Read More
Tall Fescue Replacement Information: Earlier this year, Matt Poore, cattle farmer, Professor and Extension Ruminant Nutrition Specialist made a New Year’s resolution to convert acres of toxic tall fescue to novel endophyte fescue on his farm. I jumped on the bandwagon and made the same resolution. Even though the non-toxic seed that… Read More
2022 Cotton Production Meeting Presentations: If you missed your local county production meeting for cotton this past winter, or just need a refresher before we all start planting, that information can now be found on youtube. Links to each individual talk can be found on the “Presentations” tab on this website. The cotton team newsletter will start back up in April, so be on the lookout… Read More
Diamondback Moth Assay Results: In both bioassays, Proclaim, Radiant, and Torac performed well, while Dibrom performed well in Grady County (was not included in the Brooks/Colquitt bioassay). As has been the case for some time now, the Group 28 insecticides (Coragen, Exirel, Harvanta) performed poorly. Resistance to… Read More
Chlorpyrifos Reminder: 
Chlorpyrifos (Lorsban and several generic products) tolerances on all food crops were lost on February 28, 2022. This makes ANY application on February 28 or later to a food crop illegal (even though the label on the jug has not changed, nor has the label been revoked). What happens if chlorpyrifos is found on your vegetable crop?… Read More
Warming Temps Affect Biology: 
Increases in temperature over time have many different impacts on plants and animals. Flowering plants and trees are blooming earlier, which may cause problems for commercial fruit production because the early bloom makes the plants more vulnerable to a late frost, for one example. This is a problem when one change… Read More
Organic Transitions Program
Deadline: April 21, 2022
The overall goal of the Organic Transitions Program (ORG) is to support the development and implementation of research, extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers
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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
SARE Graduate Student Grants
Deadline: May 6, 2022
The main objective of the Graduate Student Grants is to prepare the next generation of scientists in researching sustainable solutions to the challenges farmers and ranchers face each day, and to prepare young professionals to... Read More


AFRI Education & Workforce Development
Deadline: October 27, 2022
The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Education and Workforce Development (EWD) focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences.
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April 12: IR-4 Project Research Symposium: Food Crops

April 13: Pesticide License Review in Spanish

April 13: Cooperative Extension & National Native Bee Monitoring Workshop

April 14: Controlling Foodborne Transmission of Norovirus & Hep A 

April 20: CleanTech Symposium

April 26: Destructive Tree Pests: Termites & Carpenter Ants IPM Webinar

April 27-28: GA Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP) Annual Conference

April 30: GA Heifer Evaluation & Reproductive Development (HERD) Field Day

May 3: Precision Poultry Farming Conference (Virtual)

May 18-21: Young Harris Beekeeping Institute

May 18-21: Cultivating Connections: Exploring Entry Point Into Sustainable Food Systems Conference

August 3: UGA Turfgrass Field Day

Management Guide for the Backyard Flock

If you are thinking about starting a small-scale poultry operation, begin with some research and planning. Check to see if zoning regulations prohibit raising poultry on your property. Once you have made sure that there are no restrictions, you can decide on your purpose – egg production, meat production or both – and how much time you are willing to spend. This publication focuses on raising a small flock of chickens (50 or less) for meat and eggs (either for hatching or eating). To accommodate smaller or larger flocks, simply adjust the amounts specified here. Circular 969

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