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September 2021                                                                             Volume 7  |  Issue 7

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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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. 
UGA IPM Program Ranked Outstanding, Receives Maximum Funding: An impressive team of University of Georgia researchers just received $765,000 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Crop Protection and Pest Management Program that supports the continuation of integrated pest management programming throughout... Read More
EPA Revoking All Tolerances for Chlorpyrifos: As many of you may have already heard, the EPA has decided to ban the use of chlorpyrifos (e.g. Lorsban) for use in food production. While chlorpyrifos has been on the chopping block for many years, yesterday’s announcement came as quite the surprise. For more information, please see... Read More
Managing Stinkbugs and Weevils in Pecans: Now that Pawnees have shell hardened and we approach shell hardening on most other varieties in the next week, it is time to start thinking seriously about managing stink bugs and weevils. Prior to shell hardening these pests simply knock nuts off the trees as they feed or lay eggs. Going forward after shell hardening… Read More
Water Split and Crop Progress in Pecan: As predicted we are seeing a banner year for water stage fruit split. We are currently seeing nut drop from water split even on varieties on which we don’t normally see it (such as Desirable). It has been abnormally wet this growing season and especially through the late water stage and early shell hardening phase… Read More
Citrus Greening and Canker Analysis for Commercial and Residential: My citrus pathology extension program was awarded a grant from the 2019 USDA/AMS Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to conduct a “Statewide survey of citrus greening caused by Candidatus liberibacter asiaticus” in 2020 and 2021. This means that each year... Read More
Fall Armyworm Outbreak in GA Turfgrass: We are witnessing outbreak populations of fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) in residential, and public lawns across Georgia at this moment (as of Aug. 30, 2021). The caterpillar stages of fall armyworm feed on the turfgrass leaf blades and stems. The turfgrass can go from a perfect green to complete brown... Read More
Ways to Improve Fungicide Spray Coverage and Canopy Penetration: For peanut growers, timely and effective fungicide applications throughout the season are an important tool to manage and protect yield from diseases like white mold and leaf spot. Considering the recent rains and wet field conditions, peanut growers are likely already behind and may... Read More
Scouting for Rootworm in Peanut: There are two species of rootworm in Georgia peanut fields, the southern corn rootworm and the banded cucumber beetle. The immature or larval stage of both species feed on developing peanut pods and require moist soil conditions for survival. Rootworm infestations are typically found in fields with center... Read More
September 2021 Weather Outlook: NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center produced their latest monthly outlook today for September 2021. It shows that a band of wet conditions is likely for a lot of the region but especially in Virginia and North Carolina. The temperature outlook only shows a slight trend towards cooler temperatures along part of the area with the most... Read More
Study Predicts Warmer Winter: As you know if you read this blog, the chance of going back into a La Nina later this year from our present neutral conditions is very high. Last year was also a La Nina winter, and while we expected it to be warmer than normal based on long-term statistics, it was the one out of about ten years when that did not happen. That was... 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

NIFA - Farm of the Future
Deadline: October 15, 2021
This competitive grant program will be implemented by USDA NIFA to establish an agricultural test bed and demonstration site. It seeks to launch this rural test bed for precision agriculture, smart automation, data connectivity and transfer, and... 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

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
So You Want To Be A Farmer Series
August 3 - October 19 (12 weeks)
This Month: September 7, 14, 21, 28

Forestry & Natural Resources Training - CEUs Available
September 10

IPM Tick Academy 
September 13 - 15 

NE GA Master Cattlemen's Program
September 13 - November 1

NE GA Beef Cattle Short Course
September 14

Blueberry IPM Academy Agent Training
September 15 

Deep South Stocker Conference
September 15

Alfalfa in the South Workshop
September 16 

Beneficial Garden Insects
September 24

Fall Into Composting
September 30 

Garlic is easy to grow in the garden. Late September through November is the time to plant garlic in Georgia. The plant is extremely frost-hardy and, if planted in October, may have tops showing above the soil and be well rooted by November. The crop matures in the early summer. The growing period is too short for satisfactory yields if planted in the spring since bulbing and maturity will not take place when temperatures are high. This publication (Circular 854) is part of the Home Garden series.  

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