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July 2021                                                                                Volume 7  |  Issue 5

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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Read about our awesome county agents, program coordinators and specialists stationed throughout the state of Georgia that make up the UGA IPM Program!
Diamondback Moth (Lepidoptera, Plutellidae)

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. 
Organic Agriculture Research Gaining Traction in GA: Organic farmers in the southeast may have struggled to find resources and support to help combat pests, but now University of Georgia Insect Ecology professor Dr. Carmen Blubaugh and her team is on the case researching ways to meet the specific needs of organic growers in the region... Read More
Act Now to Manage Fungal Disease in Row Crops: As weather in south Georgia turns hot and humid – with rain in the forecast – the spread of fungal diseases in corn, peanut and soybean is advancing quickly. University of Georgia Extension Plant Pathology Specialist, Bob Kemerait, is urging county Extension agents to take action and talk to... Read More
Plum Curculio and San Jose Scale Update: The field generation of plum curculio are emerging now, so activity is on the rise. Just as a reminder Imidan, Actara, Belay, and Avaunt provide excellent control and good residual control of plum curculio and Oriental fruit moth. As such, rotation of Imidan, Actara, Belay, or Avaunt with pyrethroids should help protect… Read More
Pre- and Post-Harvest Considerations for Phytophthora Fruit Rot in Watermelon: Based on my research trials over the years I am recommending a couple of important pre-and post-harvest evaluation steps to reduce post-harvest losses due to this pathogen: Please avoid picking melons from low-spots in your field, pick your healthy looking… Read More
Organic Mgmt of Wasps: Probably no insect is more reviled than wasps. We are wrong to despise them or kill them (in most cases). Most wasps are very small and care nothing about humans. Mostly, they put an egg in or near their hosts, resulting in the death of the host. Almost every insect and spider has something waiting to lay an egg. That puts in them in the good... Read More
Grazing Summer Annuals: While bermudagrass and bahiagrass are great warm season perennials, warm season annual grasses work well in a forage system to offer high quality forage throughout the summer months. There are several warm season annuals on the market with sorghum x sudangrass and pearl millet being the most popular. In this article we will... Read More
Improve Grazing Mgmt: Are you looking to improve your grazing management system? The first step is to develop a grazing management plan! To better manage your grazing, you have to have goals. Our ultimate goals are to improve our efficiency, reduce pasture waste, conserve surplus forage, improve animal performance, and improve forage quality at its time... Read More
Nozzle Selection for PWM Sprayers: PWM systems are becoming more common on boom sprayers recently and there are increasing number of growers who are first-time users of these systems and need to make nozzle selection decisions for their systems. While nozzle selection for a PWM system is somewhat similar to the nozzle selection process... Read More
US Climate Resilience Toolkit New SE Regional Section: This week NOAA announced that there is a new section of the US Climate Resiliency Toolkit that is devoted to the Southeast. The section features narratives, tools, and case studies on the impacts of climate change across the Southeast, and information on how people can build resilience to... Read More
Rising Nighttime Temps Rob Yields in Rice & Wheat: A new study by researchers at Kansas State and North Carolina State Universities shows that warmer nighttime temperatures cause problems in rice and (potentially) wheat, altering their circadian rhythm behavior. This is a concern for farmers because temperatures overnight are... Read More
Tobacco Budworms in Peanuts: Georgia peanut growers need to scout their fields this week for tobacco budworm. Infestations of this pest have been on the rise in peanut over the last fourteen days, and it does not take a lot of budworm caterpillars to cause significant defoliation when the crop is less than 50 days after emergence. We do not need to panic... Read More
Japanese Beetles are Back in Vineyards: The time is upon us once again. Japanese beetles are showing up in vineyards around the state. In large enough numbers, Japanese beetles can be a severe pest of grapes during the summer, feeding mainly on foliage and (thankfully) rarely on the berries. More problematic is Japanese beetles... Read More
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Sustainable Agricultural Systems
Deadline: July 1, 2021
Applications to the AFRI - Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) Request for Applications (RFA) must focus on approaches that promote transformational changes in the... 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
Pond Health and Fish Kills in Residential Ponds
July 9

Eastern Viticulture and Enology Forum
July 13

Gardening for Pollinators
July 14

Green Industry Summer Series - Boxwood (Cat 24 Credit Avail.)
July 23

New & Beginning Farmer Series
August 3 - October 19 (12 weeks)

Virtual In-Service IPM Trainings
August 18 (Blackberry IPM)
September 15 (Blueberry IPM)


Propagating disease-free blueberry plants is important for the future sustainability of the blueberry industry in Georgia and the Southeast. Over the past two to three decades, the Georgia blueberry industry has experienced remarkable growth and has become a national leader in blueberry production. To remain competitive, Georgia blueberry producers need a supply of healthy plants to replace older plantings and obsolete varieties. This publication helps producers understand how to best address many cultural and disease issues observed in developing disease-free transplants from softwood cuttings. Extension Bulletin 1540

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