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June 2021                                                                                Volume 7  |  Issue 4

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!
Grape Root Borer (Vitacea polistiformis (Harris)) 

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. 
New UGA IPM Academy In-Service Training Series: A new in-service training series is set to begin this fall that will provide Extension agents in the southeast with the latest information on integrated pest management within various commodity areas. Trainings will be led by specialists from the University of Georgia with invited speakers from institutions... Read More
1000 Master Beekeepers and Counting: After two decades, drawing from twenty-two states and two countries, the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program has just welcomed its 1000th participant. Founded in 2002 the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program is a four-step certification process created as a means for establishing local beekeeping experts... Read More
Insect Issues on Young Pecan Trees: Following a cool April, we are seeing budmoth pressure increase. At the UGA Vidalia Onion Research farm, our trees sprayed in early April look great. However, I left one row non-sprayed so I could replicate a budmoth insecticide efficacy trial we were doing in Montgomery County. The Montgomery trial was sprayed April 8th and… Read More
Effects of Hot Weather on Pecans: We are coming off a pretty cool spring and are diving right into summer. The trees have not had much chance so far to be conditioned for temps in the upper 90’s. This may lead to a few issues you may see popping up in the next few weeks. The most obvious effect of the hot weather will likely be seen on young trees… Read More
Considerations for Planting and PRE Herbicide in Cotton: As many know, we are quickly losing moisture and this week temperatures are escalating and cloud cover will be minimal across Georgia. Many people remember what happened in late May of 2019, and this is shaping up to be a similar situation. Dr. Stanley Culpepper has asked me to post a couple... Read More
Variety Selection in Snapbean (Whitefly Transmitted Virus Resistance): Based on the multi-year field screens that were conducted in 2018 and 2019 in Tifton there are handful for commercially acceptable snap bean varieties with at least moderate-level of resistance to cucurbit leaf crumple disease.  There were no varieties with high-level of... Read More
Downy Mildew Alert in Grapes: Shane Breeden (plant pathology graduate student and technician for the Horticulture and Plant Pathology Departments) observed downy mildew in our Horticulture Farm research plots for the first time this year (Watkinsville, GA). This indicates that producers should be scouting for it throughout the state. In addition... Read More
Scouting for Turfgrass Diseases: Gray leaf spot is a fungus disease that affects St. Augustinegrass, perennial ryegrass and tall fescue in Georgia. Hot humid summer weather and high nitrogen levels can make turf susceptible to this disease. The fungus causing the disease is Pyricularia oryzae (Magnaporthe oryzae). The symptoms of gray leaf spot vary depending on the grass cultivar... Read More
White-Lined Burrower Bugs in Peanut: Several folks have contacted me this week about large numbers of white-lined (aka white-margined) burrower bugs. Most of the bugs have been on volunteer peanuts, but some were on cotton seedlings. This insect is not the “peanut burrower bug” and is not considered a pest of peanut. While it can be very abundant... Read More
June 2021 Expected to be Wetter than Normal: The latest monthly climate outlook for June 2021 was released this weekend by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. It shows that there is no strong signal towards warmer or cooler than normal for most of the region in June. But all of the region does show a tilt towards wetter than normal conditions, with the highest... 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
GA FL Tobacco Tour
June 7

Cotton, Peanut, Soybean Insect Scout Schools
June 7 & 15

Georgia Green Landscape Stewards: Native Plants and Low Maintenance Landscapes
June 9

Drought Tolerant Gardening
June 9

Overwatering - The Signs and Symptoms
June 11

Beginner's Pecan Course
June 15

Virtual Corn Silage & Stored Forage Field Day
June 25

The Georgia Pest Management Handbook Home and Garden Edition provides current information on selection, application, and safe use of pest control chemicals. This handbook has recommendations for pest control around homes, on pets, for pests of home garden vegetables, fruits and ornamentals, and for pests of public health interest associated with our homes. Cultural, biological, physical, and other types of control are recommended where appropriate.

Recommendations are based on information on the manufacturers' labels and on performance data from research and extension trials at the University of Georgia and sister institutions. Because environmental conditions, the severity of pest pressure, and methods of application by growers vary widely, recommendations do not imply that performance of pesticides will always be acceptable.

Specific rates and application methods are on the pesticide label. Always follow the use instructions and precautions on the pesticide label. Trade and brand names are used only for information. The University of Georgia does not guarantee nor warrant published standards on any product mentioned; neither does the use of a trade or brand name imply approval of any product to the exclusion of others which may also be suitable.

The Home & Garden edition can be purchased online from the University of Georgia Press website. To order by email or phone, send a message to or call 800-848-6224. You can also visit the Integrated Pest Management website to download individual pdf sections. 

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